Richard Briers

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Richard Briers (born in Surrey, January 14, 1934), is a British actor whose career encompasses the theatre, television, film and radio.

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Television

On television, Richard Briers is best known for his work in situation comedy.

He first came to public attention in comedy series such as Brothers in Law (1962) and Marriage Lines (1963) (in which he played the male half of a newly-wed couple, opposite a young Prunella Scales). Thereafter he was a great favourite with the television-viewing public, his image being that of a nice clean-cut young man.

In the long-running The Good Life (1975), one of the most successful British sitcoms of all time, Briers played Tom Good, a draughtsman in a big company who decides, on his fortieth birthday, to give up his job and try his hand at self-sufficiency, with the support of his long-suffering wife Barbara (played by Felicity Kendal). Later he also starred in Ever Decreasing Circles (1984), If You See God, Tell Him (1993) and in the semi-comic role of Sir Hector in the BBC One drama series, Monarch of the Glen.

Briers is a familiar voice actor, with numerous commercials and the animated children's series Roobarb to his credit.

Film

He also appeared in films such as Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Hamlet (1996).

He provided the voice of Fiver in the 1978 film adaptation of Watership Down.

Radio

His work in radio includes playing Bertie Wooster in a series of adaptations of Jeeves novels by P. G. Wodehouse.

Theatre

Briers has spent much of his career in theatre work, including appearances in plays by Shakespeare, Shaw and Alan Ayckbourn.

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