Richard Davies



Real name:
Born: Dowlsis, Glamorgan



Played: Idris Hopkins (1974 - 1975)

Richard joined the Oxford Pilgrim Players as a student before touring the country performing religious dramas. He served in the forces and was a member of the Army Topical Theatre. After the war he appeared in the West End in Little Lambs Eat Ivy and Carrington VC. He joined the Old Vic Theatre Company in 1951 and toured Europe and South Africa with them. He has appeared in various films including Oh What A Lovely War, Zulu and Twisted Nerve.

In 1969 he appeared as care taker Mr Price in the London Weekend Television comedy series Please Sir! alongside Joan Sanderson and John Alderton. He made the film version of the show in 1971 and appeared as teacher Mr Black in the television show Where The Buffalo Roam.

In 1974 he joined Coronation Street as shop keeper Idris Hopkins alongside Kathy Staff, Kathy Jones and Jessie Evans. After a year he left the series. Richard is also well remembered for his role of Mr White in "The Kipper and the Corpse" episode of Fawlty Towers and his starring role as The Chancellor of the Exchequer in Whoops Apocalypse.


He has also appeared on television in Oh No! It's Selwyn Froggatt, Don't Wait Up, Yes Minister, Boon, Dr Who, One Foot In The Grave and The Bill. He has also had roles in the films The Mutations and Blue Blood. Guest roles include Huw in Frank Stubbs Promotes and roles in Dad, Paul Merton's Life of Comedy and Rule Britania. Small roles in the soaps EastEnders and Brookside have accompanied stage performances in productions including Under Milk Wood at the Mayfair Theatre, London. More recently Richard has appeared as Father Hopkins in And The Beat Goes On, as Sign Writer in Olivers Travels, Dad in Sunny Spells and roles in 2 Point 4 Children, Boot Street Band and If You See God Tell Him.







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