Jan 4 2013 By Jasnam Channe
Name: Ian Richardson
Marital status: I’ve been married to wife Rosemary for 46 years.
Occupation: I’m a screenwriter and author of God’s Triangle, a book about a true scandal within the Australian church.
Where do you live?
Ascott Avenue, Ealing Common.
How long have you lived there?
My wife and I moved from Australia in 1968 and have lived in Ealing since the 1970s.
What do you love most about the borough?
We moved here because I was working at the BBC and it was just so convenient. But I really got attached to the wonderful green spaces like Ealing Common and Walpole Park. Green Ealing appeals to me after growing up in the Australian Bush, which was always so dry in summer.
What is your favourite restaurant?
We have always loved Montys, which are all over the borough, but we often go to the Rose and Crown, in Church Lane, which is somewhere between traditional and a gastro pub. It’s against my diet, but I really love their chilli pizza.
One of the oldest shops in the borough – City Radio in Bond Street. It has everything you could ever want. Whatever bits and pieces you need, they have. And they deserve our support as an independent shop. They are always friendly and have great expertise. They always know what they are talking about. Ealing is a great mix of independent and chain.
I like The Castle opposite University of West London on St Mary’s Road. Ealing has a great mix of traditional and modern pubs, which makes it such a nice place to live in.
If you could change one thing in the borough, what would it be?
The amount of rubbish. I would get rid of people who throw litter on the streets – it shows no respect for others.
If you were invisible for the day, where would you go?
I would love to go back in time to the 1800s in Borough High Street, Southwark, so I could be a fly on the wall where my ancestors lived. My family owned a hatmakers there. It was a listed building but, sadly, is now London Bridge tube station.
How do you relax?
I love watching art house movies and fine drama, like The Killing. But I love writing as well. I do it all the time. The computer goes on when I get up in the morning and I write until I turn it off to go to bed. I have loved it since I was a child.
The Wages of Fear with Yves Montand and, more recently, the comedy drama Monsieur Lazhar.
My all time favourite is Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley. I heard it when I was a young boy in Australia. It may be an exaggeration but when someone first played it on the radio I felt it had transformed my life.
What keeps you awake at night?
Absolutely nothing. I go to bed at midnight and rarely wake before eight.
Who do you admire?
I have admiration for all people who give selflessly to their community and don’t demand anything in return. I admire Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who took an entirely different approach to Australian politics and viewed the country as a large community.
If your house was on fire what three things would you save?
Apart from people, my laptop, the family history file – as my wife and I are genealogy enthusiasts – and some of my scripts.