Before that, he spent 15 years with The Royal Shakespeare Company where he was recognised as one of the truly great classical actors. A career in television and film followed. He starred in dramas such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Private Schulz, Gormenghast and played, to great acclaim, both Sherlock Holmes and the man credited with being the inspiration for the character, Dr Joseph Bell, in Murder Rooms.
This book paints a portrait not only of an actor hugely admired and respected as a consummate, highly gifted performer, but also of the most generous-hearted of men, who was deeply loved and revered by those who worked with him and followed his career.
We learn how Ian Richardson became the first actor to appear naked on stage on Broadway, met with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi just before she was assassinated, was ‘throttled’ by Johnny Depp, and of his deep love for his totally devoted wife, Maroussia.
Looking at the life and work of a truly unique performer, We Could Possibly Comment gives an insight into this special man through tributes from more than fifty actors, directors, producers, writers, admirers and others. It includes the author’s personal recollections of a dear friend, and extracts from a lengthy interview conducted during a memorable visit to the actor’s home.
"... a charming book" - S E G Hopkin, Spectator Magazine
"a multi-faceted view of one of the finest actors of our time... nor can I think of a more touching or suitable tribute to a great gentleman than this book" Carol Ferguson, Banner Herald, Texas
“’John Sessions called this book 'a glorious and heart-warming tribute to a superb and much loved actor' I can certainly echo his praise. Highly Recommended." Scene One Magazine
"Recently I finished reading WCPC and I really felt as though I'd known Ian. Sharon has produced a well written acknowledgment of the man's achievements and his devotion to those he held dear. The book takes us through the events of his life and work with comments and interviews from many performers, writers and directors with whom Ian worked, giving a very whole picture of who Ian Richardson was.
Sharon's own memories add another level to this, indicating the warmth and welcome bestowed upon those who knew him. Greatly respected by his profession and sadly missed by fans and friends alike, Ian could not wish for a more apt tribute."
Writer, Lesley Deschner: