Richard Wilson (Scottish actor)

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Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson.jpg
Wilson in 2007.
Born Ian Carmichael Wilson
(1936-07-09) 9 July 1936 (age 79)
Greenock, Renfrewshire,
Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Actor, theatre director, broadcaster
Years active 1964–present
Notable work See below
Television Only When I Laugh
One Foot in the Grave
Born and Bred
Britain's Best Drives
Merlin

Richard Wilson OBE (born Ian Carmichael Wilson; 9 July 1936) is a Scottish actor, theatre director and broadcaster. He played Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave, and Gaius, the court physician of Camelot, in the BBC drama Merlin.

Life and career[edit]

Wilson was born in Greenock, Scotland. He studied science in Greenock, and did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore. He worked in a laboratory at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow as a research scientist,[1] before switching to acting at age 27. He trained at RADA and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh (Traverse Theatre), Glasgow and Manchester (Stables Theatre).

Wilson was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor in 1994. In April 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a term of three years.[1]

Wilson has worked for the gay rights campaign group Stonewall[2] and the Labour Party.[3] He is one of the patrons of Scottish Youth Theatre.[4] Wilson is also a long-time supporter of the charity Sense and in 2007 hosted their annual award ceremony.[5] He is also one of the honorary patrons of the London children's charity, Scene & Heard.[6]

The narration of "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus", from Strawbs' eponymous first album, was performed by Wilson.[7]

Wilson's biography, One Foot on the Stage: The Biography of Richard Wilson (ISBN 0752811150), was written by James Roose-Evans.[8]

He is a major supporter of the Labour Party, and he recorded the party's manifesto for the 2010 General Election.[9]

In March 2011, Wilson presented an edition of the Channel 4 current affairs programme Dispatches entitled Train Journeys From Hell, with transport journalist Christian Wolmar highlighting the failings of the British rail network.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson was a supporter of his local football club, Greenock Morton, but he has come to lend greater support to English club Manchester United.[11] He is a patron of the Manchester United Supporters Trust.[12] Wilson has been a campaigner for gay rights for many years, and he came out as gay in a Daily Mail interview in March 2013.[13]

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

Stage acting[edit]

Theatre direction[edit]

Wilson won the TMA Best Director Award in 2000 for Mr Kolpert.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • J. Roose-Evans, One Foot on the Stage: The Biography of Richard Wilson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Richard Wilson – Drama Faces". BBC. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Ahad, Nick (3 July 2011). "The big interview: Richard Wilson". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Young, Kevin (20 April 2010). "Election 2010: Political celebrities – then and now". BBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Youth Theatre website". Scottishyouththeatre.org. 26 March 2008. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Celebrity supporters of Sense". Listal.com. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scene & Heard – Who We Are". sceneandheard.org. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Strawbs website". Strawbsweb.co.uk. 22 November 1968. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "One Foot on the Stage on Vialibri". Vialibri.net. Retrieved 7 August 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Delay in Labour braille and audio manifesto criticised". BBC News (BBC). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Train Journeys From Hell". Dispatches (Channel 4). 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Dugan, Emily (21 November 2010). "Richard Wilson: Retire? He doesn't believe in it". The Independent (UK: Independent Print). Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Richard Wilson". joinmust.org. Manchester United Supporters Trust. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Rebecca Hardy (2013-03-01). "Richard Wilson: 'I don't mind people saying I'm gay because I am' | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  14. ^ Richard Wilson On The Road Episode 2 | presscentre

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Johnny Ball
Rector of the University of Glasgow
1996–99
Succeeded by
Ross Kemp