Richard Ridings

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Richard Ridings
Born (1958-09-19) 19 September 1958 (age 59)
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

Richard Ridings (born 19 September 1958) is a British actor, and is best known for his portrayal of Alan Ashburn in the ITV television drama Fat Friends, and for playing Bernard Green in the BBC1 comedy-drama Common as Muck. He trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ridings was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.


He has had roles in a series of other television series and feature films, among them Clockwise, The Ink Thief, Red Dwarf, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fierce Creatures and as Silas in Highlander: The Series. Ridings voices Daddy Pig in the animated children's series Peppa Pig, Father Christmas and Boss Dwarf in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, and Grooby in Q Pootle 5. In 2005, he took the lead role in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Clement Doesn't Live Here Anymore, playing a sexually obsessed overweight ghost alongside Steve Furst and Amanda Abbington. The second series was transmitted in May, 2007.[2]

Ridings has also provided voiceovers in video games, including the voice of Sarge in Quake III, the Mentor in Dungeon Keeper and Dungeon Keeper 2, Mendechaus in War for the Overworld, Roach in Heavenly Sword, General Pig in Puppeteer, and ex-lawman Giles the Farmer in Fable II, on the Xbox 360 video game console. In 2010 he also provided the voice of Pigsy, in the video game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and of Cornell (the Dark Lord of the Lycanthropes) in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. In 2011 he provided the voice of the leader of the Machina refugees, Miqol, in Xenoblade Chronicles and in 2013 he provided the voice of the Hunter in DmC: Devil May Cry, the Daemon Lord in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate and the Green Man in Tearaway.

Most recently, Ridings played a courageous ape named "Buck" in the "Planet of the Apes" prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was released in August 2011. Ridings also voices the narrator in the 2015 computer game War for the Overworld, a spiritual successor to the Dungeon Keeper franchise.[3] In 2015, he played Mr Bumble in the BBC miniseries Dickensian.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Richard Ridings". Hobsons. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Richard Ridings". IMDb. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Subterranean Games (Jan 6, 2013). "Richard Ridings Unlocked!". Kickstarter. 

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