Richard McCabe (born William McCabe; 1960) is a Scottish actor who has specialized in theatre. An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), since 2005 he has also regularly performed at Chichester Festival Theatre. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Olivier Award in 1994 and won in 2013. He will appear in the film Eye in the Sky.
He was born in Glasgow in 1960 to a Scottish father and French mother. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Following the early death of his father and his mother's re-marriage, he grew up in Sussex, where he still lives. He adopted Richard McCabe as his Equity professional name, the first name taken from a teacher who inspired him.
His partner is costume designer, Fotini Dimou.
On 28 April 2013, McCabe won an Olivier award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as PM Harold Wilson in Peter Morgan's 2013 play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. He had previously been nominated (but not won) in 1994 in the same category for his role as Autolycus in Adrian Noble's 1992 RSC production of The Winter's Tale (further details are below).
From December 2013, McCabe starred alongside Iain Glen in Turgenev's Fortune's Fool at The Old Vic. Adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Lucy Bailey, the production ran until 22 February 2014. Glen retired from the production citing illness and William Houston took over for the last five weeks.
McCabe headed the bill at Bath Theatre Royal's Summer Season, playing the leading role of Monsieur Pinglet in Georges Feydeau's farce A Little Hotel on the Side, (originally L'Hotel de libre echange) translated by John Mortimer and directed by Lindsey Posner. This opened on 15 August and played until 31 August 2013...
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