Richard was born in Belfast and trained at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.
Richard has performed in over 20 productions for the Lyric including: The Wizard of Oz, Brendan at the Chelsea, Death of a Salesman, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, The Taming of the Shrew, Arms and The Man, All My Sons, Pinocchio, John Bull's Other Island and The Miser. Richard also toured to the USA with the Lyric's production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! Richard was most recently seen at the Lyric as Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest".
Other theatre credits include: King Lear; 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Theatre Babel); Biloxi Blues (Manchester Library Theatre); Fathers and Sons (Stanislavski Theatre Studio Washington DC); Borderland (7:84 Scotland); Mojo Mickybo (UK and Ireland tour); Massage (C21) and leading roles for Tinderbox, Replay, Borderline (Scotland), the Arts Theatre, Charabanc and Prime Cut, in addition to many Christmas shows and Pantomimes.
TV credits include: Eureka Street, The Vikings, I Fought The Law, Made in Heaven and Give My Head Peace.
Film credits include: As The Dust Settles, Mad About Mambo, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Most Fertile Man In Ireland, Titanic Town, Best, Cherrybomb, On Dangerous Ground, Five Minutes of Heaven, Hood Felt Hate, Crossmaheart.
Radio plays include: Take the Bus, Staring Into The Fridge, Xmas Eve Can Kill You, The Boy Who Thought He Was An Elephant and Mind's Eye. Richard won a Peacock award for The Wizard of Oz (Arts Theatre).