Richard Vernon (March 7, 1925 – December 4, 1997) was a British actor. He appeared in many feature films and television programmes, often in aristocratic roles (for example as Lord Bartelsham in the Ripping Yarns episode Roger of the Raj and, in a serious mode, as Squire Dale in the BBC radio 4 adaptation of The Small House at Allington).
Richard Vernon also starred in the title role of Lord Emsworth in several BBC Radio 4 series of Blandings between 1985 and 1992.
An early leading role was as wartime agent-turned-criminologist Edwin Oldenshaw in the TV series The Man in Room 17 (1965-66) and its sequel The Fellows (1967).
He is also remembered for his parts as an unnamed man on a train reluctantly sharing a seat with the Beatles in A Hard Day's Night, the planetary designer Slartibartfast (designer of fjords) in the BBC radio and TV series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as Sir James Greenley ("C") in The Sandbaggers, as Lord Salisbury in Edward the Seventh, as Major Toby...