Richard Beckinsale was an English actor widely known in his country. He rose to prominence as the result of his brilliant performance in the British sitcom Rising Damp (1974-1978), where he played the role of Alan. Also, he was nominated for the BAFTA award for the role.

Richard has played in many films and also performed on television. In “Porridge” (1974-1977) and its sequel series “Going Straight” (1978), he played jail convict Leonard ArthurLennie” Godber, and in “Rising Damp” (1979), he played medical student Alan Moore (1974-1978).

Early Life

Richard was born Richard Arthur Beckinsale on 7th July in the year 1948 in the suburban town of Carlton, Nottinghamshire, England. He was born the youngest of three children of his parents. He spent his childhood in his hometown. He holds England’s Citizenship as a national identity.

The actor has not disclosed the details about his early life. However, In 1977, Beckinsale claimed that he was a distant relative of actor Charles Laughton. Talking about his religious beliefs, the actor has not revealed this information. He is born under the Zodiac sign Cancer

Academic Life

Richard is a well-educated person. He attended the class in College House Junior School in Chilwell. As a teenager, he attended classes at Alderman White Secondary Modern School. He dropped out of school in 1962 to pursue a career as a professional actor. Beckinsale was too young to attend theatre school when she was 15 years old.

He joined Nottingham college, Clarendon when he was 16 and attended classes there for two years. Once, he was old enough to apply to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he went there but got failed in the first audition. He was accepted on the second attempt. He graduated in 1968 and went to pursue his career.

Height, Weight, And Physical Appearance

Richard was a very handsome man. He was built with a slim body type. The actor stood tall a height of 6 feet. He had maintained his body as an actor and had not put on excessive weight. Although his exact weight is not revealed yet.

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Richard Beckinsale
Source: IMDB

Like his weight, other physical measurement including his dress size, shoe size, etc of the actor is also not revealed to date. However, it is known that he had long dark black hair and got beautiful black eyes.


Richard was born into a family that includes his parents and siblings. He was the youngest of the three children of his parents. His father Arthur John Beckinsale was Anglo-Burmese, while his mother Maggie Barlow was English.

Being a secretive guy he has not disclosed information about his family. Although, it can be said that the actor was provided with the necessary love and care by his parents.


Richard has two siblings. As mentioned above, he is the youngest of them. Not much is known about his sibling. He has not provided any information regarding his siblings. He has kept his private life away from the public eyes.


Richard is married two times in his lifetime. He was married to Margaret Bradley from 1965 to 1971. The couple had a child together Samantha. However, their marriage did not go well and they parted ways. The reason for their divorce was not disclosed by the couple.

After the divorce from Margaret, the actor again married Judy Loe. Like Richard, she is also an English actress. The couple stayed together by each other sides until death parted them. Judy was married to Richard until the actor died. After the death of Richard, she married the director, Roy Battersby.

Also, talking about his ex-wife Margaret, she also married Keith Bradley.

Blessed With Children

Richard is blessed with two beautiful daughters. He has got one daughter from each marriage. His firstborn child was Samantha Beckinsale together with his first wife Margaret. His other child is Kate Beckinsale together with his second wife Judy.

Both of his daughters are pursuing an acting career and has made their names as British actress. Richard was a good dad to his daughters. He enjoyed spending time with them and was often spotted with them in public. He gave them a good upbringing.

About Judy Loe- His Wife

Judith Margaret Loe is a theater and television actress from England. She is most known for her roles in the television shows Singles’ and ‘Space Island One.’ Judy began appearing in repertory theater productions in Crewe and Chester after graduating .’ She was a member of the original British cast of ‘Hair,’ the hit rock musical. ‘Ace of Wands,’ a fantasy children’s show, was her first appearance on British television.

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Richard Beckinsale’s second wife Judy Loe
Source: IMDB

Talking about her personal life, she was born on 6th March 1947 in Urmston, Lancashire. Richard Beckinsale, the late English actor, was her first husband. She is currently married to Roy Battersby, a British television director.

About Samantha Beckinsale -His First Daughter

Samantha is an English actress who is best known for playing ‘Firefighter Kate Stevens‘ in the ITV drama series ‘London’s Burning,’ which aired from 1986 until 2002. In 1989, she made her acting debut in the television series ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot – The Adventure of Johnny Waverly.‘ She is well recognized for her role as ‘Lesley’ in the sitcom ‘Shelley‘, which she played from 1989 to 1992.

Talking about her personal life, She is the firstborn child of Richard born on July 23, 1966. Samantha was previously married to actor Richard Tinder, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1995.

About Kate Beckinsale -His Second Daughter

Kate is an actress and model from England. She has worked in the film and television industries in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She is recognized for her appearances in films such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Emma (1996), and The Golden Bowl (2000), as well as American films such as Pearl Harbor (2001), Tiptoes (2003), and others.

Talking about her personal life, she is the second daughter of Richard born on July 27, 1976. Kate has been involved in many relationships. As of her current relationship status, Kate and musician Goody Grace made their relationship public in early 2020. The two are frequently spotted together.

Career Highlights

Richard Beckinsale was interested in acting since his early days. He used to participate in school plays. He attended Royal Academic Dramatic Arts and graduated from there. After graduation, he started to appear in repertory theatre. In 1969, he made his television debut in the soap opera “Coronation Street,” when he played a one-shot cop.

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Richard Beckinsale as Geoffrey from The Lovers
Source: British Comedy Guide

His first major television role was that of leading Geoffrey Scrimshaw in the sitcom “The Lovers“. With the smash sitcoms “Porridge” and “Rising Damp,” Beckinsale’s career soared to new heights. His final major performance was as the lead in the sitcom “Bloomers,” although he only lasted five episodes before passing away.

Social Media Presence

Richard is not active on social media. He has been dead for a long now. His official account can not be found on any social media platforms.

However, his daughter is quite popular on Instagram. His daughter Kate has 5.4M followers on Instagram and goes by the username @katebeckinsale.

Net Worth

Richard Beckinsale is estimated to have a net worth of $1.5 Million USD. This includes his income, properties, and assets. He has accumulated this huge sum of wealth through the hardships and dedication in his professional career.

Richard Beckinsale smiling
Source: Famous Fix

His source of income included his acting career and other side businesses. In addition to this, his daughter Kate Beckinsale is estimated to have a net worth of $25 M, and Samantha has amassed $1.5 M.

Died Of Heart Attack

Beckinsale was in discomfort in his chest and arms by March 18, 1979, but he decided not to seek medical care. He went to bed, and the next morning he was discovered dead. He died of a heart attack in the middle of the night.

His recent health difficulties were determined to be the outcome of coronary artery disease during a post-mortem examination. At the time of his death, he was only 31 years old.

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