Richard Leech

Last updated 09 January 2020

Richard Leech (1922-2004)
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Richard Leeper McClelland

Born: Friday 24th November 1922
Died: Wednesday 24th March 2004 (age: 81)


Richard Leech was an accomplished Irish actor.

Richard Leeper McClelland was born in DublinIreland, son of Isabella Frances (Leeper) and Herbert Saunderson McClelland, a lawyer. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Dublin. He qualified as a doctor in 1945 before building a successful career as an actor on film and television.

He married twice, with Helen Hyslop Uttley and Diane Pearson, and had two children: Sarah-Jane McClelland and Eliza McClelland.

His numerous film credits include The Dam Busters (1955) (playing Dinghy Young), Night of the Demon (1957), Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958),Tunes of Glory (1960), Young Winston (1972), Gandhi (1982) and the acclaimed The Shooting Party (1985).

On television Richard Leech appeared in Dickens of LondonThe Barchester ChroniclesSmiley's People, three episodes of The Avengers in different roles, RedcapDanger ManThe New AvengersThe Duchess of Duke Street,

He appeared in the Doctor Who story  The Sun Makers.