|Lifetime||August 22, 1971|
|The Hobbit (film series)|
- "Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin. We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands."
- ― Peter Jackson
Richard was born in 22 August 1971 at Leicester, England. He attended Huncote Primary School in Huncote Leicester. Later he attended at Brockintron Collage in Enderby where he studied music, playing the cello in school and in local orchestras as well as learning to play the flute. Then he went to Pattison Collage in Coventry where he learned to dance and act.[source?]