Richard is one of the leading characters. He's rich, good looking, intelligent, sucessful. He likes hiking, swimming, canoeing, caving and rock climbing. Favours most sports but cricket which bores him silly. He's also described as a 'spoilt rich boy.'
By profession he's a biochemist specialising in virology.
Richard's character is based on wishful thinking - how both Shelia and John would like John to be!
We envisioned Richard would look something like Hugh Grant.