Date of Birth : Jan 14th 1934
Although he has confessed he began his career knowing absolutely nothing about acting, Richard Briers has developed into an immensely popular actor. In the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s he became the quintessential situation comedy husband with three defining roles; newlywed George Starling, the self-sufficient Tom Good and the obsessive-compulsive Martin Bryce.
Encouraged by his cousin Terry-Thomas, Briers enrolled at RADA, where he graduated with a silver medal and employment at the Liverpool Playhouse. While his theatre career flourished he made his small screen debut in the television play The Murder Club (ITV, tx. 3/12/1961), followed by roles in the Jimmy Edwards comedy vehicle The Seven Faces of Jim (BBC, 1961).
He had his first comic starring role in the legal comedy series Brothers in Law (BBC, 1962). Shortly afterwards, he confirmed his talent with his role as George Starling in the popular Marriage Lines (BBC, 1963-66), co-starring Prunella Scales.