Miles being the son of Ian Richardson (the well-known Shakespearean actor) and Maroussia Frank (the daughter of dancer and critic Elizabeth Frank), both being founder members of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), it was no surprise that in time he would become a classical actor. He was educated and brought up in London, Stratford-upon-Avon and New York, and in 1982 he graduated from the Arts Educational School where he also won the award for Best Actor.
His early career was spent in repertory theatre and included the role of Sherlock Holmes in Tim Heath’s 1996 play Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure at Sir Arthur Sullivan’s. There have also been West End credits, a tour of the Far East (most notably in the Almeida Theatre’s production of Lulu), and Broadway. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a member of the RSC appearing alongside the likes of Dame Judi Dench.
Although theatre is his first love, Miles is not unknown to television and cinema audiences where he has carved himself a niche role playing nasty upper class cads, butlers, priests and barristers. To this end he has appeared three times in Midsomer Murders, and can even claim a cameo appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He even managed to appear alongside his father in The Final Cut and Porterhouse Blue.
As far as we are concerned it was his appearance as Sherlock Holmes, and in particular his voice that led us to approach him to narrate our first three Sherlock Holmes audio books, and as far as we are concerned his performance in The Adventure of the Final Problem is superlative and has yet to be matched.
Audio Books narrated by Miles Richardson
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
The Adventure of the Final Problem
The Pullman Theft
Sherlock Holmes on the Rails, Volume 1
Sherlock Holmes on the Rails, Volume 2 (with Nick Utechin)
Sherlock Holmes Railway Trilogy