Richard Coleman

Richard Coleman (20 January 1930 16 December 2008) was a British television and stage actor.[1]

Richard Coleman
Ronald Coleman

(1930-01-20)20 January 1930
Peckham, London, England
Died16 December 2008(2008-12-16) (aged 78)
Spouse(s)Peggy Sinclair

Early life

He was born Ronald Coleman in Peckham, London in 1930. Coleman was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship to RADA in 1951, and graduated in 1953 with the Principal’s Medal. He adopted the stage name Richard Coleman, to avoid confusion with the film star Ronald Colman.[2]



Coleman made his professional acting debut in 1954, alongside Peggy Mount in the stage adaptation of Sailor Beware!. He also appeared in The World of Suzie Wong, A Murder is Announced, The Mousetrap and the stage version of There's a Girl in My Soup. He succeeded Stuart Damon in the London hit musical, production of Charlie Girl at the Adelphi Theatre.[3]


He played David Redway in the situation comedy ...And Mother Makes Three, and its sequel ...And Mother Makes Five, opposite Wendy Craig. Other television roles included Nick Allardyce in The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), Alan-a-Dale in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958–60), and Jack Royston in the soap opera Weavers Green (1966). Coleman also made guest appearances in television series such as Dixon of Dock Green, The Avengers, Z-Cars, Thriller (A Coffin for the Bride), Robin's Nest, Surgical Spirit and Virtual Murder.


Coleman appeared in a number films including Yangtse Incident (1957), Girls at Sea (1958), The Navy Lark (1959), Ben-Hur (1959), Rotten to the Core (1965) and Naked Evil (1966). He also had a cameo role in the film 10 Rillington Place (1971) as the police constable who arrests John Christie.

Personal life

Coleman was married to the actress Peggy Sinclair, and spent the later years of his life living in France. He died from cancer in France on 16 December 2008, aged 78.


Year Title Role Notes
1955The Dam BustersRAF OfficerUncredited
1957Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. AmethystLt. Cmdr. Skinner
1958Girls at SeaCapt. Robert 'Bobby' Randall
1959The Navy LarkLt. Bates R.N.
196380,000 SuspectsScott JamesUncredited
1965Rotten to the CoreInspector HewlettUncredited
1966Naked EvilInspector Hollis
1967Countdown to DangerCaptain Wright
197110 Rillington PlacePolice: Constable #4
1972Hide and SeekPolice sergeant
1981The ComoediaVirgilio
1982Who Dares WinsMr. Martin


  1. "Richard Coleman". Retrieved on 20 September 2018.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Richard Coleman: Actor who made his name in '... And Mother Makes". Retrieved on 20 September 2018.
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