Houses of Cards. Francis Urquhart is the protagonist villain of Michael Dobbs' novel House of Cards, and its two sequels, To Play the King and The Final Cut. Subreddit for the Netflix show created by David Fincher starring Kevin Spacey. The stage and TV veteran had not been ill and had been due to begin filming an episode of ITV's Midsomer Murders next week, according to his agent. * Francis Urquhart, in House of Cards, 1990 The role of the Tory chief whip, complete with asides to camera, was based on Richard III. His passing is the end of a generation of that kind of actor.". 56,514 people are reading stories on the site right now. Did you know him or work with him? Famous for his sonorous voice and stern demeanour, he was made a CBE in 1989. Urquhart is the main character in Dobbs's House of Cards trilogy of novels and television series: House of Cards (1990), To Play the King (1993) and The Final Cut (1995). Perhaps the greatest tribute to him as an actor that I can pay is this: I have absolutely no sense of what he was like as a person, so complete was his portrayal in his various roles. A prolific actor on stage and screen, Richardson won greatest acclaim as the vulpine Francis Urquhart in House of Cards (1990), which won him a BAFTA. The suggestion of mischief in the eyes. He then puts her picture face down on the desk with a smile. Others in entertainment have received the honour for less.Graham Kemp, Reading, UK, Those wonderful mellifluous tones used to great effect in the Francis Urquhart series are what I will remember him for. Ian Richardson, the actor best known for his role as Francis Urquhart in the BBC series House of Cards. Catherine Richardson Actor : Joely Richardson - Kathleen completed her phd at the department of social anthropology, university of cambridge.. He recently appeared in the BBC's Bleak House and Sky One's Hogfather. Ian William Richardson CBE (7 April 1934 - 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards trilogy. I am a wealth manager and specialise in helping women through divorce. I saw a trailer for his new Jane Austen film only last night - he was still in the game.Robert Osborne, Swansea, A great actor and a man with great dignity. Actor Ian Richardson has diedActor Ian Richardson, best remembered as the Machiavellian chief whip Francis Urquhart in landmark BBC drama House Of Cards, died today. Francis Urquhart--prime minister and murderer--has almost overtaken Margaret Thatcher to become Britain's longest serving postwar leader, but the public is tiring of him and there are rumblings of dissent in the Conservative Party. He was also a leading Shakespearean stage actor. Kevin Spacey talks to Chris Harvey about reinventing one of British TV's most unforgettable politicians as an American. L. He is survived by his wife, Maroussia, and two sons. If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly "for publication". Thank you, Mr Richardson, for many years of pleasure. From the 'old school'. 13 April 2012. Actor Ian Richardson, best known for his role as scheming chief whip Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards, has died suddenly at the age of 72. Ian Richardson - Check out Ian Richardson filmography, biography and awards at MSN Watch Online Guide. House of Cards director Paul Seed said: "I cast him in House of Cards because of his comic talent and he was utterly brilliant. And I’ve been like this for years. Francis goes to Hollywood: The creator of House Of Cards schemer Francis Urquhart reveals how Kevin Spacey’s bringing him back to life. Francis Urquhart - Wikipedia 67.8k members in the HouseOfCards community. An American version of the character, Frank Underwood, was introduced in the American version of House of Cards. He was a staunch Catholic but was also gay. ... What a brilliant actor. But it is for the deliciously devious Urquhart - a character he based on Richard III - that he remains best known. Will always be remembered for being Francis Urquhart but was nothing like the evil PM. Urquhart is the main character in Dobbs's House of Cards trilogy of novels and television series: House of Cards (1990), To Play the King (1993) and The Final Cut (1995). He was the most sophisticated craftsman comic actor in this country. He is best known to many for the role of Francis Urquhart in the 1990 British television mini-series House of Cards and for the role of Chancellor in the 2005 television series Bleak House. He shut down an Oxford drinking cub frequented by writer Evelyn Waugh. "I'm grateful for the part as it put me on the map," he said in 2005. I’m a junkie, a House of Cards junkie. The intensely complex traitor in John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy - every bit a match for Alec Guinness's superb Smiley. Two sequels followed, with other highlights including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Private Schultz (1981), The Magician's House (1999), Gormenghast (2000) and many others. Mine is not a new addiction; it goes back to the original British TV 90s mini-series (that’s what we used to call them back then) starring the Shakespearian actor Iain Richardson playing would-be British PM Francis Urquhart, in what was his break-out role. ", He added: "I just loved working with him and am hugely in admiration at the talent and technique that he had. All three books were made into BBC TV miniseries. He'll be greatly missed.Stephen, Edinburgh, Richardson could out-act his co-stars with the merest nudge of an eyebrow. He will be missed. A classical actor (and founding member in 1960 of the Royal Shakespeare Company), Richardson earned international fame as the villainous Francis Urquart in the BBC television trilogy, "House of Cards." A gentleman and a fine actor.John, Newcastle, A fantastic actor, one of the best. In 1990, he appeared for the first time as Francis Urquhart in House of Cards. Richardson, best known for playing the scheming politician Francis Urquhart in House of Cards, played the role at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973. With Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher, Paul Freeman, Isla Blair. It won Richardson a Bafta award. Born in Edinburgh in 1934, he was an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Images of Ian Richardson as Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, with other members of the cast. Most Popular Now | 56,514 people are reading stories on the site right now. "; Francis Urquhart's famous one-liner from House of Cards, How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire, Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit, Tourists flock to 'Jesus's tomb' in Kashmir. The Tory politician's famous one-liner - "You may very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment" - has since passed into Westminster parlance. Other TV roles included Sherlock Holmes, Lord Groan in Gormenghast, Sir Godber Evans in Porterhouse Blue and the 'Tailor' in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. By Michael Dobbs Updated: 10:53 EST, 11 February 2012 Richardson died in his sleep at his London home in the early hours of Friday morning. His many films included Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane, due for release next month. "Nothing lasts forever," he says. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he appeared in countless television shows and films beginning in the 1960s. 17,029 pages were read in the last minute. He was portrayed in the BB In order to secure his retirement and establish monument to himself, he takes part in negotiations aimed at ending the Cyprus conflict. He was infamous for his hypocritical ways. What happened to his knighthood? In the opening scene of House of Cards, Conservative Chief Whip Francis Urquhart - played by Ian Richardson - is seen staring at a photograph of Mrs Thatcher. Francis Urquhart is too experienced a politician not to know that everything must end, even his long career as British prime minister. A short fan video of joely richardson as catherine parr in the tudors. "The only trouble is getting rid of it. Catherine richardson's films include love in limbo. Francis Ewan Urquhart is a fictional character created by British politician and author Michael Dobbs. What are your memories of Ian Richardson? Actor Ian Richardson, renowned for his chilling portrait of Machiavellian chief whip Francis Urquhart in 1990 political thriller House of Cards, has died at the age of 72. "Even the longest and most glittering reign must come to an end some day." That said, there are differences between Ian Richardson's Urquhart and Spacey's Underwood. house of cards francis urquhart Francis Ewan Urquhart is a fictional character created by British politician and author Michael Dobbs. Author Michael Dobbs, who wrote the novel on which House of Cards was based, described him as "a superb actor" who was "very careful not to let the fame get in the way of his personal integrity". Francis Urquhart was also a real-life Dean of Balliol College, Oxford in the 1920s. He brought to the part an entire repertoire of classical techniques, explicitly modelling his performance on Richard III. 111 votes, 55 comments. He went on to be nominated for both its sequels, To Play the King and The Final Cut, as well as the 1992 drama An Ungentlemanly Act. So many people seem to think that I am like him.". Spoilers ahoy. House of Cards House of Cards: Characters from the original series. Francis Joseph Underwood is a fictional character and the protagonist of the American adaptation of House of Cards, portrayed by Kevin Spacey.He is depicted as a ruthless politician who rises from House Majority Whip to President of the United States through treachery, deception and murder. "Francis Urquhart is diabolical in such a delicious way." Richardson played the silkily evil Francis Urquhart in three miniseries, “House of Cards” in 1990, “To Play the King” in 1993 and “The Final Cut” in 1995. Actor. Ian Richardson - best known as the Machiavellian Francis Urquhart in the television series House Of Cards - died in his sleep on February 9. RIP.Philip G, UK. Elizabeth Urquhart (Diane Fletcher) (created Countess Urquhart after her husband's death), is Francis Urquhart's wife. I met Ian when he was filming the film "Savage Play" in Scotland near Stirling and I was an extra. Laconic actor Ian Richardson, ... Ian Richardson: The classical actor is best remembered for his role as Francis Urquhart in BBC drama House Of Cards. He was the perfect gentleman talking to everyone involved and keeping us amused in the cold weather with anecdotes. Bryan, London, Very sad news, he was a great actor who always lifted any production he appeared in, will be greatly missed.John Rain, Hove, Truly one of the greats, who never gave a performance that was anything less than electrifying. Was nothing like the evil PM recently appeared in the BBC 's Bleak House and Sky one 's Hogfather part. Cards: Characters from the original series beginning in the early hours of Friday morning biography and awards at Watch. 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