Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMarch 19, 1979, Sunningdale, United Kingdom
SpouseJudy Loe, Margaret Bradley
MarkA dry sense of humor.
FactFather, with Margaret Bradley, of Samantha Beckinsale.

Richard Beckinsale was born on July 6, 1947, in Leicester, England. His parents were Margaret and Kenneth Beckinsale. He had two sisters, Pamela and Jennifer. His early education was at a local grammar school. He was a talented athlete and played cricket and rugby. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Beckinsale’s acting career began in the early 1970s with roles in several British television series such as “Doctor Who” and “Rising Damp”. He first gained widespread recognition for his role as Lennie Godber in the sitcom “Porridge”. He also appeared in the films “Lisztomania” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

In 1979, Beckinsale starred in the ITV series “Love Thy Neighbour” as Eddie Booth. The following year, he appeared in the film “The Great Muppet Caper”. He also had roles in the films “The Lady Vanishes” and “Ghandi”.

In 1981, Beckinsale starred in the film “Arthur’s Seat”. The following year, he appeared in the film “Sink or Swim”. He also had roles in the films “The Cannonball Run” and “Blind Date”.

In 1984, Beckinsale starred in the film “Give My Regards to Broad Street”. The following year, he appeared in the film “Water”. He also had roles in the films “A View to a Kill” and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”.

In 1986, Beckinsale starred in the film “Link”. The following year, he appeared in the film “The Lair of the White Worm”. He also had roles in the films “From Russia with Love” and “Withnail & I”.

In 1988, Beckinsale starred in the film “The Rachel Papers”. The following year, he appeared in the film “Scandal”. He also had roles in the films “Batman” and “The Hunt for Red October”.

In 1990, Beckinsale starred in the film “Revenge”. The following year, he appeared in the film “Sleuth”. He also had roles in the films “Alien 3” and “Much Ado About Nothing”.

Beckinsale’s final film appearance was in the 1993 film “Peter’s Friends”. He died of a heart attack on March 19, 1979, at the age of 31.

General Info

Full NameRichard Beckinsale
DiedMarch 19, 1979, Sunningdale, United Kingdom
ProfessionActor, Comedian
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpouseJudy Loe, Margaret Bradley
ChildrenKate Beckinsale, Samantha Beckinsale
ParentsArthur John Beckinsale, Margaret Barlow


NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance, Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play
MoviesPorridge, Three for All
TV ShowsBloomers, Rising Damp, Going Straight, Porridge, The Lovers

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#Marks / Signs
1A dry sense of humor.


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.


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 (1960) in 1969. He is fondly remembered for his roles in Porridge (1974) and Rising Damp (1974). 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

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

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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