Richard Findlater (1921–1985) was a British theatre critic and biographer.
He wrote 18 books, including biographies of Michael Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Lillian Baylis and Joseph Grimaldi; the definitive history of stage censorship, Banned; and an account of contemporary British theatre, The Unholy Trade.
- Grimaldi: King of Clowns, 1955.
- Michael Redgrave, Mask or Face, 1958
- Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, MacGibbon & Kee, 1968
- Comic Cuts: A Bedside Sampler Of Censorship In Action Richard Findlater (ed) (Andre Deutsch, 1970) (illustrated by Willie Rushton)
- At the Royal Court: 25 Years of the English Stage Company, Amber Lane Press (1981); ISBN 0-906399-22-X
From 1948 to 1962, he was married to the journalist and showbusiness interviewer Romany Bain, with whom he had four children. One of their sons became an Anglican priest-clown known as Roly Bain or "Holy Roly". Their eldest son, Simon Bain, is a journalist. Romany Bain subsequently married jazz bandleader Tommy Watt, with whom she had a son, the musician Ben Watt. Richard married Angela Colbert in 1977. At his memorial service in 1985, Michael Foot and Sir John Gielgud led the tributes.
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- "The Reverend Roly Bain, priest and clown – obituary". The Telegraph. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.