The most famous Swazi actor in the world was born on this day in 1957. Richard reduced his very Afrikaans last name to a single letter and became Richard E. Grant on his Equity card.
Nobody has ever been luckier in landing their first film role. Grant was perfect to play the lead in the cult classic Withnail and I in 1987. He played a tour de force opposite Ian McKellen in Jack and Sarah (1995).
These days he is better known to the world from parts in Dr Who, Downton Abbey and a deliciously hammy part in Season 6 of Game of Thrones in which he plays Izembaro, the impresario, writer and lead actor in the Gate troop of players in the City of Bravos.
“Oh we’re all thinkers now, are we? Full to the tits with ideas. You have ideas, I have ideas, he has ideas. Why should my ideas have anymore value than yours, simply because I have been doing this my whole life? Who’s anyone to judge my work? This is my profession, I know what I’m doing! You have no right to an opinion.“