Richard Griffiths

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Sue Lawley's castaway this week is one of this country's leading character actors - Richard Griffiths. Most recently, he won three Best Actor awards for playing the English master in Alan Bennett's play 'The History Boys' but he has cross-generational appeal - perpetual adolescents revere his performance as gay Uncle Monty in the film Withnail and I while the younger generation know him as beastly Uncle Vernon from the Harry Potter films.

He's had to work hard for his achievements: both his parents were profoundly deaf and, from a young age, he was their ears and their translator. He studied drama against his father's wishes - he had hoped his son would go to art college. However, he says his father was an expert in reading body language and he learned from him how people's physical behaviour reveals their inner thoughts. He is currently in the West End in Tom Stoppard's play Heroes; he's working on a film version of The History Boys, directed by Nicholas Hytner and is preparing to tour with The History Boys around the world.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Träumerei by Vladimir Horowitz
Book: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Luxury: Velasquez's Las Meninas

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45 minutes

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Fri 13 Jan 2006 09:00


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestRichard Griffiths
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