Richard Briers won the hearts of the British public for his comic roles in three most successful sitcoms ever made: "Marriage Lines," "The Good Life" and "Ever Decreasing Circles."
Having reached the very top of his tree as a comic actor, Briers looked for new challenges, joining Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987. Audiences saw a whole new side to Richard Briers as King Lear, Uncle Vanya, Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" and Menenius in "Coriolanus" and he went on to star in many Kenneth Branagh films, including roles as Henry in "A Midwinter's Tale", Bardolph in "Henry V", Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing" and the blind grandfather in Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein". Brier's also co-starred with Sir John Gielgud in Branagh's short film, "Swan Song", nominated for an Academy Award.
Briers also earned the admiration of playwright Alan Ayckbourn and has frequently performed lead roles in Ayckbourn's work on stage and screen. In the theatre, Briers starred in "Relatively Speaking", "Absurd Person Singular" and "Absent Friends". On television, he had lead roles in "The Norman ConquestsW and "Just Between Ourselves"
Briers trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Silver Medal and a scholarship to Liverpool Playhouse. He made his West End debut in 1958 and has barely stopped working since in both theatre and television. Despite all his success on screen, he is still very much an actor of the Theatre.
Richard Briers was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1989 by the Queen for his services to the arts.