Richard Briers in Peter Pan | 2003
Clip Name: Fighting the Pirates
About this actor
Richard David Briers, CBE (born 14 January 1934) is an English actor whose career has encompassed theatre, television, film and radio. He first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines in the 1960s, but it was in the following decade when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life that he became a household name. In the 1980s he starred in Ever Decreasing Circles, and from 2000 to 2002 came back to the spotlight with a leading role in Monarch of the Glen. Briers was born in Raynes Park, Surrey, England, the son of Joseph Benjamin Briers and Morna Phyllis (née Richardson). He is the second cousin of actor Terry-Thomas. He spent his childhood in Raynes Park and Guildford. His father drifted between jobs, while his mother dreamt of a career in showbiz, something she could not achieve for financial reasons. He attended Rokeby Prep School in Wimbledon, and left at the age of 16 without any formal qualifications. His first job was a clerical post with a London cable...