Biography: Julian Richings was born in Oxford, England, and trained in drama at the University of Exeter. He worked as an actor for several years in the United Kingdom, and moved to Toronto, Canada in 1984. Since then, he has become a staple of Canadian television, film, and theatre. A versatile actor who communicates as much with his face and hands as he does with his voice, his roles often consist of off-beat characters and lurking villains. Mr. Richings is very active in independent Canadian cinema, as well as in professional theatre productions in his adopted country. He is married to theatre producer Cheryl May.
Mr. Richings is a member of the Necessary Angel theatre company, as well as the Flexible Packaging Company, and has appeared on stage with many other professional theatre groups. He was given the Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Performance By a Male (Small Theatre Company Division) in 1988 for his performance in The Man Himself with the Flexible Packaging Company. He won the award for Outstanding Performance By a Male in a Featured Role in 1989 for his appearance in Necessary Angel's production of Coming Through Slaughter. He continues to perform professionally in Canadian theatre.
Since the eighties, Mr. Richings has been appearing regularly on television. An overview includes six different appearances on The Nero Wolfe Mysteries, a spot as a tattoo artist in an episode during the second season of Due South, and guest-starring as the thoroughly evil Sparks on La Femme Nikita - and then coming back to repeat the role, despite the character having been blown to bits during his first appearance! He played an Immortal fence named Basil in two episodes of Highlander: The Raven, an evil Morthren scientist throughout the second season of the War of the Worlds TV series, and was recently in a made-for-TV movie in Canada called The Last Casino. Mr. Richings was a series regular on several shows as well, including John Woo's Once a Thief (television). He also starred in the children's show I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, as well as appearing in Peter Benchley's Amazon. Recently, Mr. Richings could be seen in Kingdom Hospital as Otto, the nearly blind security guard in the troubled medical complex. He also supplied the voice for Blondi, Otto's dog.
With regards to film, Mr. Richings has done a great deal of independent film work. The most easily accessible short pieces are two films directed by Patrick Sisam: a brief film for BMW called DRIVE (available on the BMW website) and a longer film called Love Child (available on the Atom Films website). Though his part was over by the time the opening credits rolled, his name is often connected with the popular science fiction movie Cube. Movies released in the United States recently include Being Julia, starring Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons, and the western Open Range, starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. Mr. Richings was one of the deformed, cannibalistic villains in Wrong Turn, a horror movie starring Eliza Dushku. In 2000, he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Genie for his performance as Bellanger in The Claim. His most recent film is the futuristic sci-fi romance The Limb Salesman.