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Richard Beckinsale


English actor most widely known for his role as Lennie Godber in the BBC television series, Porridge. He went to Alderman White Supplementary Modern College but remaining when he was 15 years of age to pursue performing. His poetry was released in 1980 having a publication called With Like. He was wedded double, to Judy Loe and Margaret Bradley, and experienced two daughters, Samantha and Kate. His 1st role is at 1970 in the tv screen series, The Enthusiasts with celebrity, Paula Wilcox.

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Full Name Richard Beckinsale
Date Of Birth July 6, 1947
Died March 19, 1979, Sunningdale, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession TV Actor
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality British
Spouse Judy Loe, Margaret Bradley
Children Kate Beckinsale, Samantha Beckinsale
Parents Arthur John Beckinsale, Margaret Barlow
Nominations Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance, Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play
Movies Porridge, Three for All, The Lovers
TV Shows Bloomers, Rising Damp, Going Straight, Porridge, The Lovers
Star Sign Cancer

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1Beckinsale was known for his dry sense of humour.
2Richard's paternal grandmother, Mary Mitchell, was born in Burma, to a white father, Thomas Mitchell, and a Burmese (Asian) mother, Ma Ninhe.
3All who knew him were shocked and devastated by his death, particularly Ronnie Barker. He was so upset he couldn't work for several days.
4Owned a Bentley saloon car.
5Father, with Margaret Bradley, of Samantha Beckinsale.
6RADA-trained British TV comedy actor. Started to act in repertory theatre in Crewe and was first glimpsed on screen as a police officer in "Coronation Street" in 1969. He is fondly remembered for his roles in "Porridge" and "Rising Damp". Died tragically young at just 31 years of age.
7Father, with Judy Loe, of Kate Beckinsale.



Bloody Kids1980TV Movie uncredited
Bloomers1979TV SeriesStan
Doing Time1979Lennie
Going Straight1978TV SeriesLennie Godber
ITV Playhouse1977TV SeriesJohnny
Rising Damp1974-1977TV SeriesAlan
Porridge1974-1977TV SeriesLennie Godber
Couples1976TV SeriesDaniel Graham
Play for Today1975TV SeriesMichael Robson
Three for All1975Jet Bone
If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them1974TV MovieThe Young Man
The Lovers!1973Geoffrey Scrimshaw
The Donati Conspiracy1973TV SeriesRobert Sadler
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes1973TV SeriesRichard Frobisher
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1971-1972TV SeriesAngus MacFee / Dermot / Pete
Justice1971TV SeriesTerry Watson
The Lovers1970-1971TV SeriesGeoffrey Scrimgeor
Armchair Theatre1971TV SeriesLewis
Elephant's Eggs in a Rhubarb Tree1971TV SeriesVarious roles
A Family at War1970TV SeriesPrivate Grey
Coronation Street1969TV SeriesPC Wilcox



Going Straight1978TV Series 1 episode
Porridge1975TV Series performer - 2 episodes



Star Games1978TV SeriesHimself
Call My Bluff1978TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1975-1977TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker1996Video documentaryHimself / 'Lennie Godber'
Rising Damp Forever2016TV Mini-Series documentaryAlan
Stars on the Street2009TV Movie documentaryPC Wilcox (uncredited)
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryLennie Godber / Himself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryLennie Godber (uncredited)
The Comedy Christmas2007TV Movie documentaryLennie Godber (uncredited)
Forty Years of Fuck2005TV Movie documentaryLennie Godber (uncredited)
Heroes of Comedy2000-2001TV Series documentaryAlan Moore Lennie Godber
Ronnie Barker Interview2001Video shortLennie Godber (uncredited)
The Unforgettable Richard Beckinsale2000TV Special shortHimself

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1When I decided to become an actor, it wasn't actually to make money or to make a living. I wanted to be an actor because I wanted to act. I've always had this desire to communicate a great kind of beauty to other people, like a vicar or priest does, to transport people to the world where I live. I just appreciate living on earth at an artistic level. There's a great deal of satisfaction in living this way. It's like love, I suppose. There are no words for it, apart from love - to give people love, to teach people love. I think it is probably the main driving force in my life.

1A dry sense of humor.

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