Born on July 9, 1936 in Greenock, Renfrewshire as Ian Colquhoun Wilson, Scottish actor Richard Wilson has made quite a name for himself in the industry. Aside from acting, he is also a theatre director and presenter. He studied in his hometown and later did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore. Soon, he found himself working in a laboratory as a research scientist. Despite that, he decided to switch careers and shift to acting when he was 27 years old. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, soon making appearances in repertory theatres in Edinburgh (Traverse), Glasgow and Manchester (Stables).
In 1994, Richard Wilson was awarded the OBE for his services to drama as a director and actor. Two years later, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years. In addition to his many honors, he has also been one of the Patrons for Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland's National Theatre 'for and by' young people.
Wilson’s career in the entertainment business began during the 1960s, when he starred in a number of television shows. He continued his small-screen career throughout the next decade, gaining fame with roles in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the sci-fi hit Doctor Who. He has also been seen on films like A Dry White Season, A Passage to India, and The Man Who Knew Too Little. A versatile actor, he also had roles in One Foot in the Grave and Thank God You’re Here. Despite the many characters he took on, Wilson was best known for his portrayals of Father Simeon on Demons and as Gaius in Merlin. Joining him in the latter are actors Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, John Hurt, Michelke Ryan, and Santiago Cabrera.
Richard Wilson also has a biography written about him, titled One Foot on the Stage: The Biography of Richard Wilson, by James Roose-Evans.