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Richard Dillane

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Richard Dillane
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Richard Dillane

Born: 1964 (age: 55)

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Richard Dillane  is an English actor. 

He appeared as Merv, the husband of Margaret Humphreys (played by Emily Watson) in Jim Loach's fact-based movie Oranges and Sunshine, as Wernher von Braun in the BBC television docudrama Space Race, as Nero in Howard Brenton's play Paul at the National Theatre of GB and as Stephen Maturin in the adaptations of the Patrick O'Brian "Aubrey–Maturin" novels and as Peter Guillam in three John le Carré adaptations, both for BBC Radio 4.

he played Carter in the 2011 Doctor Who stories Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song.

Dillane's film work includes The Dark Knight (as Acting Commissioner), The Edge of LoveThe JacketTristan & Isolde and as Cole Porter's last lover Bill Wrather (a composite character) in Irwin Winkler's biopic De-Lovely which starred Kevin Kline. Other television work includes rogue spy John Richardson in Spooks, Australian conman Graham Poole in Hustle, photographer and old flame Miles Brodie in Cold Feet (UK version), posh drug addict Theodore Platt in the first episode of Lewis and the relationship counsellor Ben in Men Behaving Badly (UK version) as well as regular characters surgeon Sean Anderson in Casualty (BBC) and Australian sergeant Brad Connor in the award winning ITV series Soldier Soldier.

Dillane has played at the National Theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. At 24 he played Hamlet in Perth, Australia directed by Ray Omodei and in 2000 was Duke of Suffolk in the Olivier-award winning Michael Boyd productions of Henry the Sixth parts 12 and 3 in Stratford, London and Michigan. He recently played Trenchard Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance for BBC Radio 4 and appeared as Peter Nicholls in Ben Affleck's 2012 movie Argo.