Ronan Vibert

Ronan Vibert was born in Cambridgeshire, the son of Dilys (née Jackson) and David Vibert, both artists. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1983 to 1986.

Ronan made his screen debut in 1989 in the TV series Traffik. He appeared in the BBC’s The Buccaneers, in ITV’s Cadfael, alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, and Van der Valk. He also appeared with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the televised adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse’s satire of Edwardian and post World War I aristocratic England, Jeeves and Wooster as Wilmot, Lord Pershore (‘Motty’).

He came into his own as an actor as Maximilien Robespierre in the BBC’s adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring Richard E. Grant. Vibert’s portrait of an intense and calm Robespierre as malevolent and without emotion, added to the reputation of this man as a truly frightening individual.

He appeared in the episode of Midsomer Murders entitled “Death in Chorus”. He also appeared in the episode of Waking The Dead entitled “Subterraneans” and an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures entitled “The Last Sontaran”.

Films include Shadow of the Vampire with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, The Cat’s Meow directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Tristan & Isolde produced by Ridley Scott, Beowulf & Grendel as the author of the epic tale and the Oscar winning The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski. Vibert has also played the role of Lepidus in HBO’s Rome.

Film and Television
Year Film Role Notes
1987 On the Black Hill Jim Watkins
1989 Traffik Lee
1990 Birds of a Feather Martin “Love on the Run”
1991 Van der Valk Martin Lepweg “Dangerous Games”
1992 Jeeves and Wooster Wilmot, Lord Pershore (‘Motty’) Bertie Sets Sail
1995 Cadfael Le Gaucher “The Virgin in the Ice”
The Buccaneers Lord Richard Marabel
1996 Tales from the Crypt “Horror in the Night”
1998 Tale of the Mummy Young
1999 Gimme Gimme Gimme (TV series) Vince “I Do, I Do, I Do”
Highlander: The Raven Sir Trevor Benton “The Frame”
1999–2000 The Scarlet Pimpernel Maximilien Robespierre
2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries Douglas “Laurels Are Poison”
Shadow of the Vampire Muller
2001 The Cat’s Meow Joseph Willicombe
2002 The Pianist Janina’s Husband
2002 The Princess and the Pea Laird
2003 Keen Eddie Craig Booth “The Amazing Larry Dunn”
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life MI6 Agent Calloway
2004 London Joseph Conrad
Gladiatress Caesar
2005 Hex Mephistopheles
Waking The Dead Dr Jonathan Lynch “Subterraneans”
2006 Ultimate Force Griffin “Violent Solutions”
2006 Midsomer Murders Giles Armitage “Death in Chorus”
2007 Rome Lepidus “Philippi”
2008 The Sarah Jane Adventures Professor Skinner The Last Sontaran
2009 The Bill Curtis Jensen
Inspector Lewis Simon Monkford “The Quality of Mercy”
2010 The Last Seven Isaac
Agatha Christie’s Poirot Captain Dacres Three Act Tragedy
1066 Sweyn
2011 The Borgias Giovanni Sforza
The Man Who Crossed Hitler Walther Stennes
2012 Hatfields & McCoys (TV miniseries) Perry Cline
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Diarmud Russell
2013 New Tricks Ray Barlow “Roots”
2014 Dracula Untold Simion “The Wise”