You may very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment

The actor Ian Richardson, aka Sir Francis Urquhart, has died. It was his masterful performance that made the House of Cards arguably the best TV British political drama ever made.

  • Hogan from County Tyrone

    Fair Deal

    I agree. Masterful performances, geniune anguish over some of his deads mixed with that piercing cold stare.

    The books were fantastic as well.

  • Greenflag

    Sad news indeed . Although probably best known for his Sir Francis Urquahart role he was an all round . Any remember him playing a role as a cockney or was it scot criminal in the Private Schultz series?


  • I thought Ian Richardson was wonderful. I am in mourning.

  • dalek

    “You might very well think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.” RIP.

    Might as well be the first to go with the obvious one.He was good at his trade and I loved the House of Cards.

    night night.

  • Harry Flashman

    His “House of Cards” role was superb but it was his role as Governor Rex Hunt in “An Ungentlemanly Act”, a recreation of the invasion of the Falklands, that in my opinion was his crowning achievement.

    “An Ungentlemanly Act” is one of my all time favourite productions, the producers admitted that in typical BBC fashion they tried to make all the British characters look like clowns and idiots and give a much more sympathetic slant to the Argies but in doing so they actually produced a wonderful piece of work that made it absolutely obvious who the good guys were (clue for any die hard Irish nationalists, it wasn’t the catholic fascists).

  • It would also be remiss to forget his performance as Bill Haydon in Tinker, Tailor, Sodlier, Spy. Or indeed Porterhouse Blue.

  • Comrade Stalin

    What a shock. I loved the House of Cards series (when first I saw it at your parents house, Mr Morse!). Richardson was obviously the star of the show.

    There was a silly old cold war thriller called “The Fourth Protocol” on a while ago, where he played some kind of MI6 intelligence director.

  • great actor.
    sadly missed.

  • oilibhear Chromaill

    Unless I’m mistaken he played a role also in my favourite British political drama, A Very British Coup. Strangely this is not repeated and it’s also not available on DVD – or is it?


    A tragedy. But his memory will live on.

    By the way, has anyone noticed the similarity between Prime Minister Collingridge’s doomed election slogan (During Urquhart’s last stint as Cheif Whip) “The Right Way” and the DUP’s “Getting it Right”?