Born into middle England, an overbearing father thwarted Richard’s early dreams of performing, instead demanding that he pursue a trade. The international hotel business beckoned and at 18, he hit the lights of London where he trained at the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel. Astonishingly, among the first people he encountered were his idols – Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson (with whom he shared a brief, exciting moment on stage), Sir John Mills, Barbra Streisand – and Richard vowed one day to be on their side of the reception desk!
But life took twists and turns and it wasn’t until he was 32 that he fulfilled his dream and found the courage to swap the trappings of the corporate success he’d established, and overcome his fathers wishes and fulfil his own dreams.
Having spent years acting in small productions and working in broadcasting as a hobby, Richard and a group of friends formed a London theatre company and that was it! He ditched his job and started over. His first professional role was in the touring production of Agatha Christie’s, ‘A Murder is Announced,’ alongside Richard Todd, star of the great British movie ‘The Dam Busters’. Richard’s dreams were finally up and running.
Over time and with a catalogue of appearances in theatre and television, Richard landed the role of Young Scrooge in ‘Scrooge the Musical’ on the London stage opposite Academy Award nominee Anthony Newly. It was this fortuitous collaboration that gave Richard the impetus to focus on another dream – a music career independent of acting.