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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