Published: 20/08/2009
ISBN: 9781848761841
Format: Paperback

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Sharon Mail was born in Glasgow on August 3, 1953. She attended Tinto Road Primary School, Broomlea School for Girls and Hutchesons' Grammar School. In 1983, she went to Strathclyde University. As... read more

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We Could Possibly Comment
Ian Richardson Remembered
by Sharon Mail

This touching book honours an actor considered to be one of the greatest of his generation. Edinburgh-born Ian Richardson is famously known for his portrayal of scheming politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC drama series House of Cards in the ’90s - an unrivalled award-winning performance.

Before that, he spent 15 years with The Royal Shakespeare Company where he was recognised as one of the truly great classical actors. A career in television and film followed. He starred in dramas such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Private Schulz, Gormenghast and played, to great acclaim, both Sherlock Holmes and the man credited with being the inspiration for the character, Dr Joseph Bell, in Murder Rooms.

This book paints a portrait not only of an actor hugely admired and respected as a consummate, highly gifted performer, but also of the most generous-hearted of men, who was deeply loved and revered by those who worked with him and followed his career.

We learn how Ian Richardson became the first actor to appear naked on stage on Broadway, met with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi just before she was assassinated, was ‘throttled’ by Johnny Depp, and of his deep love for his totally devoted wife, Maroussia.

Looking at the life and work of a truly unique performer, We Could Possibly Comment gives an insight into this special man through tributes from more than fifty actors, directors, producers, writers, admirers and others. It includes the author’s personal recollections of a dear friend, and extracts from a lengthy interview conducted during a memorable visit to the actor’s home.

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The book was launched at Waterstone's, Argyle Street, Glasgow on Thursday, 17th September.

Feedback from readers: "The book is fantabulous! In addition to the wonderful recollections of friends, it really brings to life his abilities as an actor and the breadth of his experience. It was mesmerizing at times, and of course, I shed a few tears." A Hopping, USA

"congratulations and thanks for such a professional but lovingly prepared tribute to Ian Richardson" Liz, Poland

"I enjoyed it very much - he certainly was a fascinating character, and so well regarded by his fellow actors. Celia Imrie talks about the naughty glint in his eye, so I looked again at the front cover - and she's right!" A MacLaren, Scotland

"It's great - much better than a biography. No dull details, no cheap gossip. Captures beautifully the times, the atmosphereand most of all - Ian, personality. A book not only for those who loved and admired Ian, but for any theatre lovers. Wonderful." I Shatsky-Greenbaum, Israel.

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