Richard Cordery
Years active1978–present

Richard Cordery is a character actor[1] of film, television, and stage.


Film and television

Cordery's television credits include Rumpole of the Bailey, as a prosecution Barrister (Series 5 Episode 6 - 1988), Doc Martin as Dennis Dodds, Whitechapel as George Collier, Garrow's Law as Sir Sampson Wright.[citation needed] He appeared in Midsomer Murders “The Straw Woman” as Dr John Cole in 2004,[2] as Morris Bingham in “The-Made-to Measure Murders” in 2010, and as Atticus Bradley in “The Killings of Copenhagen“ (2014, S16:E5). He played the Duc De Raguse in the 2012 film Les Misérables.[citation needed]

In the 2013 film About Time, Cordery played Uncle Desmond, the "sweet but mentally-challenged" uncle of the protagonist Tim.[3] He also appeared in Midsomer Murders “The Killings of Copenhagen” as Atticus Bradley in 2014.

In the 5 season of The Crown series, Cordery played Marmaduke Hussey, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC from 1986 to 1996.


Much of Cordery's acting career has been in theatre. His body of work includes many Shakespeare performances, such as the tragedy Romeo and Juliet (1997),[4] the trilogy Henry VI (2000), the drama Richard III (2001), the tragedy Macbeth (2004), and the comedy The Winter's Tale.[5] In 2002, Cordery played Menenius in a Swan Theatre adaptation of the Shakespeare play Coriolanus.[6] Later that year, he appeared as Falstaff in another Shakespeare play, The Merry Wives of Windsor.[7] Cordery portrayed the steward Malvolio in a 2005 production of Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.[8]

In 2008, he played Russell Blackborough in the play Waste at the Almeida Theater[9] and the following year he appeared in the musical Spring Awakening at the Lyric Theatre.[10] Cordery appeared as Canon Chasuble in a 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. The Daily Telegraph praised the actor for giving a "performance of comic bliss as the amorous and sententious Canon Chasuble, baffled by each new turn of events while supporting his prodigious bulk on a surprisingly nifty pair of pins."[11]

Personal life

Cordery is a former teacher who once taught in an inner-London secondary school.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Up Pompeii Centurian Uncredited
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Suddaby's Senior Manager
2009 Glorious 39 Vet
2012 Les Misérables Duc De Raguse
2013 About Time Uncle D
2014 Mr. Turner Dinner Guest
2014 Madame Bovary Abbé Bournisien
2014 Breaking the Bank Bournville
2015 Social Suicide Laurence Emerson
2016 Monochrome John Hughes
2016 Mum's List Bob
2017 Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire Earl Robert
2017 The Wife Hal Bowman
2019 Judy Louis B. Mayer


  1. ^ Spencer, Charles (3 May 2005). "A flying piano, a sinking heart". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Midsomer Murders Series 7 – 6. The Straw Woman - Part Two". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ Felperin, Leslie (8 August 2013). "Film Review: 'About Time'". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ Butler, Robert (9 November 1997). "The Critics: Death in Life with Marguerite Duras, Life in Death with Romeo and Juliet". The Independent. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013 – via Highbeam.
  5. ^ Smallwood, Robert Leo (2004). Players of Shakespeare 6: Essays in the Performance of Shakespeare's History Plays. p. 184. ISBN 9780521840880.
  6. ^ Taylor, Paul (4 December 2002). "Arts: The Profession of Violence; in the Royal Shakespeare Company's New Coriolanus, PAUL TAYLOR Hails Greg Hicks's Powerful Portrayal of the Tragic Warrior Who Has Outlived His Usefulness". The Independent. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013 – via Highbeam.
  7. ^ Edmonds, Richard (4 November 2002). "Reviews: Halloween Romp Ruins a Merry Night of Mirth; the Merry Wives of Windsor the Swan Stratford upon Avon". The Birmingham Post.[dead link]
  8. ^ Edmonds, Richard (4 May 2005). "CULTURE: Forgettable Night; Twelfth Night Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon". The Birmingham Post.[dead link]
  9. ^ Benedict, David (8 October 2008). "Waste". Variety. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2013 – via Highbeam.
  10. ^ David, Benedict (5 February 2009). "Spring Awakening". Variety. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2013 – via Highbeam.
  11. ^ Spencer, Charles (10 October 2011). "The Importance of Being Earnest, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  12. ^ Coveney, Michael (4 July 2005). "Young bards". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2013.