Multi-award nominated British actor and singer Richard Shelton has an acclaimed international career spanning theatre, music, TV and movies.
His ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ nominated performance as Frank Sinatra in the hard-hitting drama, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ on London’s West End brought him national attention in his native Britain.
Currently resident in LA, Richard is best known to American TV audiences as Arnaud in ‘Jane the Virgin’ and Mr Benson in ‘House of Lies’. In the UK, Richard is known for his 2-year stint playing the charmingly murderous Dr Adam Forsythe in ‘Emmerdale’. He was nominated ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role as Detective Forbes in both the British and Chicago Horror Movie Awards.
As a singer, Richard recorded his swing style influenced albums ‘Top Cat’ at London’s Abbey Road and ‘Richard Shelton' at Capitol Studios in LA. He has performed for British and European royalty, at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, Catalina Jazz Club, Vibrato and Vitello's Jazz in LA, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, in the movie ‘I Capture the Castle’ and has numerous international TV appearances..
Richard's acting career boasts recognition on both stage and the big and small screens, having received a 'BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE' nomination for his performance as Frank Sinatra in the hard-hitting drama 'RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL'. Richard was also nominated ‘BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR’ in both the London and Chicago Horror Film Festival Awards for playing Detective Forbes in the multi-award winning short movie, ‘DO NOT DISTURB’.
In the U.S., Shelton is best known for his role as Mr Benson in 'HOUSE OF LIES' on Showtime starring alongside Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, Arnaud in 'JANE THE VIRGIN' on CW Network and Lord Poodle in 'THE BRITISHERS' on Showtime. In the U.K., Richard is best known to TV audiences as the charmingly murderous series regular, Dr Adam Forsythe in the long running drama, 'EMMERDALE'.
Recent movie roles include Major Ian Marks in 'PALAU', Monsieur Phillipe in 'MY WEEK WITH MARILYN', the scheming British intelligence office Howard Marks in the Japanese cult hit movie 'JOKER GAME' (Cine Bazar), the charming crooner alongside Bill Nighy and Romola Garai in 'I CAPTURE THE CASTLE' (BBC Films), Dr Fulton in the L.A. based movie 'STUCK', Mikey in 'PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES', Conrad Holmes in 'BRASH YOUNG TURKS', and Officer Therot in 'SPACEMAN'.
His 'BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE' (Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards) in 'RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL' led to Richard re-creating his performance as Frank Sinatra in his sell-out one-man show, 'SINATRA AND ME' internationally.
He has performed opposite Hollywood legend Richard Todd in 'A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED' and starred opposite Oscar nominated and Grammy award winner Tony Newley in 'SCROOGE-THE MUSICAL' as Young Scrooge.
As a founder of The Bridewell Theatre in London, Richard has played Shakespeare roles in 'MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING', 'THE TEMPEST', 'JULIUS CAESAR', 'THE MERCHANT OF VENICE' and 'RICHARD III'. Richard has also starred on the West End stage as Jumping Jack Flash in the rock musical 'CARNABY STREET' and internationally as Harry Bright in 'MAMMA MIA!'.
“If I had to choose, it would be singing – every time. Music reaches out and touches people; moves and charms them. Make them cry one minute and laugh the next. A world without music is inconceivable to me.”
Shelton’s jazz and big-band performances have taken him literally across the globe with performances for HRH PRINCE CHARLES at WINDSOR CASTLE, twice for SIR ELTON JOHN at the WHITE TIE & TIARA BALL alongside Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones; with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA; the BBC BIG BAND and BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA on ‘FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT’ (BBC Radio 2) and dozens of live radio and TV broadcasts.
Shelton has performed on the greatest international stages, including THE COLISEUM in London and the world reknowned RONNIE SCOTTS JAZZ CLUB in London and VIBRATO, VITELLO and CATALINA JAZZ CLUBS in LA where he garnered reviews including 'Shelton is the essence of cool' - Bonnie Priever, LA Examiner; 'His selection of material is impeccable and his style is shark skin sharp' - George Harris, Jazz Weekly.
Richard recorded his debut US album RICHARD SHELTON at CAPITOL STUDIOS Frank Sinatra’s Studio B with Sinatra’s living band mates, featuring original, classic and contemporary songs - 'A superior singer who tips his hat to a legend with grace and elegance-an album that Sinatra himself would be proud of’ - ★★★★ - Edward Blanco, All About Jazz. An added honour was using Sinatra’s microphone. He also recorded the original songs 'Sinatra and Me', 'My Thoughts Return to You' and 'On a Clear Day' at EAST WEST STUDIOS where Sinatra recorded 'My Way' and 'A Very Good Year'.
Shelton recorded his swing album 'Top Cat' at ABBEY ROAD in London accompanied by a 65-piece orchestra.