Eric Richard

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Eric Richard
Born(1940-06-27) 27 June 1940 (ageĀ 72)
Margate, Kent, England
 
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Eric Richard
Born(1940-06-27) 27 June 1940 (ageĀ 72)
Margate, Kent, England

Eric Richard (born Eric Smith, 27 June 1940) is an English actor.

His theatre work includes plays at the Royal Court Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, as well as seasons with the Royal Exchange, Manchester, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Crucible Theatre and Paines Plough. In 2001 he appeared as Ebeneezer Scrooge in a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

He is perhaps best known for his role as Desk Sergeant Bob Cryer in the long running ITV drama The Bill, which he portrayed for 20 years from the show's inception in 1984, although his television work has also included Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, Home Sweet Home, Made in Britain, Open All Hours, Games Without Frontiers, P'Tang Yang Kipperbang, Shoestring, and Holby City.

In 2010 it was announced that Richard was to appear in the stage version of Lark Rise to Candleford which is currently on a nationwide tour.

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