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Richard Leech : biography

24 November 1922 – 24 March 2004

Richard Leech (24 November 1922 – 24 March 2004), born Richard Leeper McClelland, was an accomplished Irish actor.

Richard Leeper McClelland was born in Dublin, Ireland, son of Isabella Frances (Leeper) and Herbert Saunderson McClelland, a lawyer. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Dublin. He qualified as a doctor in 1945 before building a successful career as an actor on film and television.

He married twice, with Helen Hyslop Uttley and Diane Pearson, and had two children: Sarah-Jane McClelland and Eliza McClelland.

His numerous film credits include The Dam Busters (1955) (playing Dinghy Young), Night of the Demon (1957), Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Tunes of Glory (1960), Young Winston (1972), Gandhi (1982) and the acclaimed The Shooting Party (1985).

On television Richard Leech appeared in Dickens of London, The Barchester Chronicles, Smiley’s People, three episodes of The Avengers in different roles, Redcap, Danger Man, The New Avengers, The Duchess of Duke Street, and starred in a Doctor Who story called The Sun Makers.

Selected filmography

  • Lease of Life (1954)
  • Children Galore (1955)
  • The Dam Busters (1955)
  • The Feminine Touch (1956)
  • It’s Never Too Late (1956)
  • The Long Arm (1956)
  • The Birthday Present (1957)
  • Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst (1957)
  • The Good Companions (1957)
  • These Dangerous Years (1957)
  • Night of the Demon (1957)
  • The Moonraker (1958)
  • The Wind Cannot Read (1958)
  • Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
  • A Night to Remember (1958)
  • Tunes of Glory (1960)
  • The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
  • I Thank a Fool (1962)
  • The Wild and the Willing (1962)
  • The War Lover (1962)
  • The Cracksman (1963)
  • Life at the Top (1965)
  • The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)
  • Young Winston (1972)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Champions (1983)
  • The Shooting Party (1985)
  • A Handful of Dust (1988)