Richard Hope (actor)

Richard Hope

Richard Hope is a British actor.

Early life

Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire and brought up in Norfolk. Richard Hope attended Oakham School 1967–71. He went to Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham (now known as Nottingham Trent University), graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Law in 1976.

He trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain from 1972-76 appearing in several new plays by established writers: The Chidren’s Crusade and By Common Consent by Paul Thompson,[1] both directed by Ron Daniels and Sight of Glory and Here Comes The Sun by Barrie Keeffe, directed by Michael Croft. By Common Consent was the first NYT show adapted for tv, BBC One Play for Today[2] (1975). In 1976 he joined the NYT’s professional Dolphin Theatre Company who gave him his Equity card to play ‘as cast’ in Romeo and Juliet.


In 1978 Laurence Olivier gave him his first main professional TV part in Laurence Olivier Presents [3] Saturday, Sunday, Monday by Eduardo de Filippo. In 1981 he worked with Laurence Olivier again in Brideshead Revisited in which he played Lieutenant Hooper.

He played Ford Prefect in the first stage production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Ken Campbell’s The Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool. He also appeared in their 22-hour epic The Warp and The Third Policeman. Campbell introduced him to Jérôme Savary and so Hope made his first West End appearance with Le Grand Magic Circus in 1001 Nights at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1980.

He was Bertozzo in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1979) UK Tour with Alfred Molina for The Belt and Braces Theatre Company directed by Gavin Richards ending at the Half Moon Theatre in London.[4] Richards played Molina’s part when it transferred six months later to the Wyndham's Theatre West End.

In 1981 Peter Gill cast him in Don Juan and Much Ado About Nothing which started his long association with The National Theatre.[5] In 1984 he joined the Richard Eyre / David Hare Company [6] playing Bill Smiley in the premiere of Pravda with Anthony Hopkins [7] and then switching to the role of Eaton Sylvester in two extended revivals in the Olivier Theatre. This also included ensemble productions of The Government Inspector with Rik Mayall and Jim Broadbent and Tim McInnerny’s Hamlet, in which he played Horatio. He met Simon McBurney at the National Theatre Studio, where Hope helped devise and develop The Visit and Street of Crocodiles for Theatre de Complicite.[8] 1988 saw The Visit 'off West End' production as part of the 'Théâtre de Complicité at the Almeida' season, before the theatre closed for refurbishment; the production was revised in collaboration with the National Theatre in the Lyttleton stage in 1991.[9] The production was invited to Spoleto Festival USA .

In 1987 he played Salto in Handmade Films thriller Bellman and True, written and directed by Richard Loncraine, and Hull City A.F.C. fan Malcolm in Mark Herman’s comedy See You At Wembley, Frankie Walsh which won the Student Academy Award.[10] In Piece of Cake (TV series) directed by Ian Toynton he was ‘Skull’ Skelton and he played Mortimer Tundish in both series of Debbie Horsfield's comedy drama The Riff Raff Element, with Celia Imrie and Nicholas Farrell.

In 1996, he appeared as Pierre Bezukhov in the Shared Experience production of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace at the National Theatre,[11] adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale. In 1998 he starred in another Tolstoy adaptation by Helen Edmundson, playing Levin in the Shared Experience production of Anna Karenina. Hope was Associate Director of this production which toured internationally, including runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music [12] and the Lyric Theatre.[13][14] Clive Barnes of the New York Post described it as ‘One of the true highlights of a lifetime of theatre-going’.

In 2000, under coach Geoff Thompson (author of Real Punching), Hope learnt to wrestle for Jim Cartwright’s Hard Fruit at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by James Macdonald. During a performance of Hard Fruit, Hope broke his wrist when he hit a punch post that was missing its padding; he continued the run of the show with an “authentic” bandaged hand.[15] With Mark Rylance he was one of the six actors in Mike AlfredsCymbeline at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2001.[16] In 2002, the Royal National Theatre staged Simon Bent's adaptation of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany with Aidan McArdle as the title character and Hope as John Wheelwright.[17]

Hope has been in several police dramas: Superintendent Harold Spence in Agatha Christie's Poirot, Barry Purvis for two series of Murder Investigation Team (TV series) and semi-regular Rod Jesssop, the local headmaster, in The Bill.

Hope's first musical part was as Max Kellerman in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre in 2010, staying for eighteen months. He played Horst Ehmke in Paul Miller’s revival in Sheffield of Michael Frayn's play Democracy, which transferred to London's Old Vic Theatre in 2012.[18] This was the third Frayn play he had performed in.

Hope returned to the Almeida Theatre as Gabriel York in Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling in 2009 [19] and in 2012 as Albany in King Lear with Jonathan Pryce.[20] In 2014, he played Queen Elizabeth I in the UK premiere of Sarah Ruhl's stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando at the Royal Exchange with Suranne Jones and directed by Max Webster.[21][22] In 2015 he played Hector in Kate Saxon’s production of Alan Bennett's The History Boys in Sell A Door Theatre Company UK Tour.[23][24] In 2015-6, he continued his long-standing collaboration with Helen Edmundson, playing Sidney Godolphin in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of her original play Queen Anne,[25] starring Natascha McElhone.

He plays recurring characters Malokeh and Bleytal (Silurians) in Doctor Who, and has recorded several related audios with Big Finish.

In 2017 he continues as Harris Pascoe, Ross Poldark's banker and friend, in all three series of Poldark with screenplay by Debbie Horsfield. He previously worked with her on The Riff Raff Element.

He is a member of the National Youth Theatre Association and an Associate Member of Complicite.

Theatre work

Year Play Role Theatre
1976 Romeo and Juliet Peter & Acting ASM Shaw Theatre
1977 The Seed Jerry Birmingham Rep
Mother Courage Young Soldier and Young Peasant Birmingham Rep
1978 The End Is Nigh Jesus New End Theatre / Ken Campbell
The White Deer Tocko Unicorn Theatre
The Warp Dr. Snarkle, Paul Crawford, Ed Gale and many others ICA and Roundhouse / Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool
1979 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect ICA / Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool
Accidental Death of an Anarchist Bertozzo Belt and Braces Theatre Company / UK Tour
1980 The Third Policeman MacCruskeen ICA / Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool
One Thousand and One Nights Sultan, Emperor of the Desert, Baba Mustafa Le Grand Magic Circus / Shaftesbury Theatre
1981 School for Clowns Puff Half Moon Theatre / Sylvester McCoy & Ken Campbell
Don Juan Peter National Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing Second watch [26] National Theatre
1982Candida Lexy National Theatre / British Council Tour of India
1985 The Government Inspector The Postmaster National Theatre
Pravda Bill Smiley(1985)/Eaton Sylvester(1986) [27] National Theatre
1986 Hamlet Horatio [28] National Theatre
1988 & 1991 The Visit The Mayor Almeida Theatre/National Theatre / Complicite
1990Don Gil of the Green Britches Caramanchel The Gate
1991The Gentleman from Olmedo Tello The Gate [29]
Street of Crocodiles FatherNational Theatre Studio/Complicite
1993 & 1998 Anna Karenina Levin / Associate Director Shared Experience / UK & World Tours
1994Betrayal Jerry West Yorkshire Playhouse
1995 The ParkWolf Royal Shakespeare Company
1996 War and Peace Pierre [30] National Theatre/Shared Experience
2000 Hard Fruit Sump [31] Royal Court Theatre [32]
2001 Cymbeline Cymbeline [33] Shakespeare's Globe Theatre [34][35]
2002 Life After George Duffy [36] Duchess Theatre
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Wheelwright [37] National Theatre
2007 Donkeys' Years Norman Tate Sonia Friedman Productions/UK Tour [38][39]
2008 The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other The Wanderer + 25 other parts National Theatre
Noises Off Freddie Fellowes Ambassador Theatre Group / UK Tour
2009 When The Rain Stops Falling Gabriel York Almeida Theatre
2010-2011 Dirty Dancing Max Kellerman Aldwych Theatre
2011 The Swan Russell National Theatre [40]
2011 There Is A War Field Commander Goodman National Theatre
2012 Democracy Horst Ehmke Sheffield Theatres / transferred to The Old Vic [41]
2012 King Lear Duke of Albany Almeida Theatre [42]
2014 Orlando Queen Elizabeth I Royal Exchange, Manchester [43][44]
2015 Shostakovich's Hamlet Narrator and Performer City of London Sinfonia
2015 History Boys Hector Sell A Door Theatre Company/UK Tour [45][46]
2015-2016 Queen Anne Sidney Godolphin Royal Shakespeare Company

Television roles

Year Television Show Role Other notes
1977 Secret Army Sgt. Hose
1978 Laurence Olivier Presents / Saturday,Sunday,Monday Attilio Produced by Laurence Olivier
1978 People Like Us Teacher
1981 Brideshead Revisited Lieutenant Hooper
1988 Piece of Cake 'Skull' Skelton
Dogplant [47] Owen
1993 The Riff Raff Element Mortimer Tundish
1995 Band Of Gold Richard
1997 A Perfect State Simon
1998 The Demon Headmaster Professor Tim Dexter
2002 Tipping the Velvet Mr. Astley
A Is for Acid Dr. Archie Henderson
2003 Canterbury Tales Arty's father in The Pardoner's Tale
2003 Foyle's War Frank Vaudrey in "Funk Hole"
2003–2005 MIT: Murder Investigation Team DS Barry Purvis
2005 Heartbeat James Vincent
2006–2007 The Bill Rod Jessop
2006–2008 Poirot Superintendent Harold Spence
2006 The Shell Seekers George Chamberlaine
2008 EastEnders Ted Hubbard
2009 Holby City Christopher Gamble in "Running on Empty"
2010 Doctor Who Malohkeh in "The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood"
2011 Doctor Who Malohkeh in "The Wedding of River Song"
2012 Doctor Who Bleytal in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
2013 Doctors Sebastion Norris in "House Arrest"
2013 Holby City Father Mattew Sinclair in "Journey's End"
2013 The Smoke Eric Springer in "Jamais KO"
2013 The Great Train Robbery DCS Malcolm Fewtrell "The Copper's Tale"
2014 Father Brown Sir St. John Pryde in episode 2.3 "Pride of the Prydes"
2014 The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies [48] Exam Board Official
2015 And Then There Were None Inspector Maine
2016 Unforgotten James Gregory
2015-2017 Poldark Harris Pascoe
2017 Broadchurch (series 3) Arthur Tamworth


Year Film Role Other notes
1980 Bloody Kids Policeman #2
1980 Breaking Glass Audition musician
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman Third Assistant Director
1984 Singleton's Pluck (aka Laughterhouse)[49] Hubert
Scandalous Young Detective
1985 Plenty Alistair
1987 Bellman and True Salto
See You At Wembley, Frankie Walsh Malcolm (lead) Director Mark Herman won Oscar for Best Short Film
1990 Antonia and Jane Norman Beer
1992 Swords at Teatime Dennis Short film
1995 Feast of July Squire Wyman
1998 McLibel Judge
The Sea Change Alistair
2001 My Brother Tom Jessica's dad
2002 The Honeytrap Detective Fowler
2004 Sergeant Pepper[50] Christopher Fröhlich
Bloom Richard Neap Short film
2005 Chromophobia Simon Whitemore
2011 Mr. Morgan's Last Love American philatelist
2017 Harbour Charles
2018 Was uns nicht umbringt [51] Hausmeister

Radio work

Year Production Character Company
1995 People Like Us The Vicar ( Rev Andrew Treverton in The Vicar) BBC
1996 The Constant Prince Don Juan de Silva BBC
1997 To the Wedding BBC / Theatre de Complicite
2002 Diary of a Provincial Lady The Husband Watchmaker Productions
2004 Woman in Black Jerome Fiction Factory
2004 What Hetty Did Mr. Bertwistle First Writes
2005 Murder on the Leviathan Dr. Truffo Goldhawk Essential Productions
2007 Man in the Water NarratorPier Productions/BBC
2009 Ruth Guardian, Thomas, Mr. Jones First Writes
2012 Chronicles of AIT-The Saxon Stones Thurgis Fiction Factory / BBC
2013 Chronicles of AIT-The Lotos Effect Len (Norfolk), Paul the Vicar Fiction Factory / BBC
2013 41 Rue Monge Narrator Christine Hall / BBC 4
2014 Counter Measures - Series 3 William Heaton, Mason Big Finish
2014 Avengers - Lost Episodes - Volume 2 Kollakis Big Finish
2015 Dr Who - Early Adventures - The Bounty of Ceres Moreland Big Finish
2015 Counter Measures - Series 4 William Heaton Big Finish
2015 Dr Who - Damaged Goods Harry Harvey Big Finish
2016 Survivors - Series 5.2 - New Blood Silus Broome Big Finish
2016 Dr Who - Doom Coalition 3 - Absent Friends Phillip Cook Big Finish


  10. Awards at IMDb
  19. Patrick Marmion Daily Mail 22 May 09
  26. Much Ado About Nothing, Gill/Chitty, National Theatre, August 1981
  27. National Theatre : Company Members : Richard Hope
  28. Hamlet, Berry/Dyer, National Theatre Touring, January 1986
  31. The Royal Court Theatre / Hard Fruit
  33. Albemarle - Archive
  36. Life After George, a CurtainUp London review
  38. Sonia Friedman Productions - What's On
  39. The Stage / Listings / Productions
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