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Richard Dillane

Richard Dillane
Born Richard Dillane
1964 (age 50–51)
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Jayne McKenna, actress

Richard Dillane (born 1964) is an English actor. He played British agent Peter Nicholls in Ben Affleck's 2012 thriller Argo, winner among other things of the 2013 Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe for Best Picture, and Merv the husband of Margaret Humphreys (played by Emily Watson) in Jim Loach's fact-based movie Oranges and Sunshine. He was Wernher von Braun in the BBC television docudrama Space Race, Nero in Howard Brenton's play Paul at the National Theatre of GB and appeared several times as Stephen Maturin in the BBC radio adaptations of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey–Maturin novels and Peter Guillam in three John le Carré adaptations.

Life and career

Dillane's other film work includes The Dinosaur Project, The Dark Knight (as Acting Commissioner), The Edge of Love, The Jacket, Tristan & Isolde and as Cole Porter's last lover Bill Wrather (a composite character) in Irwin Winkler's biopic De-Lovely which starred Kevin Kline. Other television work includes playing Carter,the captain of the shape-changing justice robot Teselecta in Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song in the 2011 series of Doctor Who, rogue spy John Richardson in Spooks, Australian conman Graham Poole in Hustle, photographer and old flame Miles Brodie in Cold Feet, posh drug addict Theodore Platt in the first episode of Lewis and the relationship counsellor Ben in Men Behaving Badly as well as regular characters surgeon Sean Anderson in Casualty and Australian sergeant Brad Connor in the award winning ITV series Soldier Soldier.

Dillane has played at the National Theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. At 24 he played Hamlet in Perth, Australia directed by Ray Omodei and in 2000 was Duke of Suffolk in the Olivier-award winning Michael Boyd productions of Henry the Sixth parts 1, 2 and 3 in Stratford, London and Michigan.

He grew up near London, took a philosophy degree at Manchester University and lived in Australia for ten years working in Perth, Sydney and Hobart as both actor and director before returning to the UK. In 1988 he directed a production of Molière's "Tartuffe" for the Old Nick Company at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania.

He has an older brother Stephen, who is also an actor.

He is married with three children.


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