Richard Holmes (born 5 November 1945) is a British author and academic best known for his biographical studies of major figures of British and French Romanticism.
Holmes was born in London. He was educated at Downside School, Somerset and Churchill College, Cambridge. He is a member of The Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was professor of Biographical Studies at the University of East Anglia from 2001–2007 and has honorary doctorates from the University of East London, University of Kingston and the Tavistock Institute. In 1992 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. He lives in London and Norfolk with his wife, British novelist Rose Tremain.