Ian Colquhoun Wilson, better known as Richard Wilson, OBE (born July 9, 1936), is a British actor and theatre director, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave.Wilson was born in Greenock, Inverclyde. He studied science and did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore. He worked in a laboratory before switching to acting in his late 20s. He trained at RADA and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. He changed his name in honour of his wife Fiona Richards because there was already another actor called Ian Wilson.Wilson was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor in 1994. In April 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years.Wilson's biography, One Foot on the Stage: The Biography of Richard Wilson (ISBN 0752811150), was written by James Roose-Evans.