Richard Wilson (Scottish actor)

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Ian Colquhoun Wilson OBE (born 9 July 1936), better known as Richard Wilson, is a Scottish actor, theatre director and broadcaster, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. He currently appears in the BBC drama Merlin.


Life and career

Wilson was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire. He was educated in Greenock, studied science, and did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore. He worked in a laboratory[1] at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow as a research scientist before switching to acting at age 27. He trained at RADA and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh (Traverse Theatre), Glasgow and Manchester (Stables Theatre).

Wilson was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor in 1994. In April 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years.[1]

Wilson has worked for the campaign group Stonewall,[2] and the Labour Party.[3] He is one of the Patrons for Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland's National Theatre 'for and by' young people.[4] The actor is also a long-time supporter of deafblind charity Sense and in 2007 hosted the Annual Sense Awards, honouring excellence in both deafblind people and those who work with them.[5] He is also one of the Honorary Patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. [6]

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