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|
|1987||On the Black Hill||Jim Watkins|
|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|
|Waking The Dead||Dr Jonathan Lynch||“Subterraneans”|
|2006||Ultimate Force||Griffin||“Violent Solutions”|
|2006||Midsomer Murders||Giles Armitage||“Death in Chorus”|
|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“|
|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”|