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Summary Article: Briers, Richard (David)
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English stage and screen actor. Along with Felicity Kendal, he became a household name in the UK following his role as the smallholder Tom Good in the television sitcom The Good Life (1975–78).

Briers continued to work in television in such series as Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89), If You See God, Tell Him (1993), and Monarch of the Glen (early 2000s), and he appeared in several films. A member of Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company, Briers was also acclaimed for his classical and Shakespearean roles, including King Lear and Uncle Vanya.

Briers was born in London, UK, and studied at RADA. In 2003 he was made a CBE; he was awarded an OBE in 1989.

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