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Birth information

9 October 1936 Mexborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

How tall is Brian Blessed?

1.77 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Hildegard Neil
Ann Bomann

Life Story of Brian Blessed

Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit. At a young age, he displayed an acute talent for acting in school productions, but also had a penchant for boxing, a direction that would be short-lived.

Working various blue-collar jobs from undertaker's assistant to plasterer, Brian managed to attend the Bristol Old Vic and was off and running. He has lent his musical talents to several productions - from playing "Old Deuteronomy" in "Cats" to "The Baron" in the more recent "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". In the 1970s, he began appearing more and more on-camera with both classical and contemporary performances. In costumed television movies, he has played "Porthos" in The Three Musketeers (1966) and The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967), "Augustus" in I, Claudius (1976), and "Long John Silver" in Return to Treasure Island (1986) and has been...

Significant features of Brian Blessed

Booming operatic voice
Boisterous, bombastic, eccentric persona.
His magnificent beard
His line from Flash Gordon - "GORDON'S ALIVE!", which he usually bellows during guest appearances on TV panel shows and...

How much money has Brian Blessed earned?

Flash Gordon (1980) £30,000

Publications and Magazines about Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed Absolute Pandemonium - A Memoir. 2015

What movies did Brian Blessed play or participate?

Directors Filmography
King Lear (1999) ,
Actors Filmography
Banking on Mr. Toad (2020) Frederick James Furnivall, Gandidean (2019) Jim, Shed of the Dead (2019) Narrator, Small Fortune (2019) Big Voice, Black Ops 4: Dead of the Night (2018) Jonathan Warwick, Robin Hood: The Rebellion (2018) Friar Tuck, Eric and the Barbarian (2018) Odin, Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) Konrad Kyeser, The Lodge (2017) Walter, Micro Machines: World Series (2017) Announcer, The Harklets in 'The Dirty Cinema Screen' (2017) Narrator, Peppa Pig (2016) Grampy Rabbit, Danger Mouse...

Birth information

9 October 1936 Mexborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

How tall is Brian Blessed?

1.77 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Hildegard Neil
Ann Bomann

Life Story of Brian Blessed

Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit. At a young age, he displayed an acute talent for acting in school productions, but also had a penchant for boxing, a direction that would be short-lived.

Working various blue-collar jobs from undertaker's assistant to plasterer, Brian managed to attend the Bristol Old Vic and was off and running. He has lent his musical talents to several productions - from playing "Old Deuteronomy" in "Cats" to "The Baron" in the more recent "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". In the 1970s, he began appearing more and more on-camera with both classical and contemporary performances. In costumed television movies, he has played "Porthos" in The Three Musketeers (1966) and The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967), "Augustus" in I, Claudius (1976), and "Long John Silver" in Return to Treasure Island (1986) and has been...

Significant features of Brian Blessed

Booming operatic voice
Boisterous, bombastic, eccentric persona.
His magnificent beard
His line from Flash Gordon - "GORDON'S ALIVE!", which he usually bellows during guest appearances on TV panel shows and...

How much money has Brian Blessed earned?

Flash Gordon (1980) £30,000

Publications and Magazines about Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed Absolute Pandemonium - A Memoir. 2015

What movies did Brian Blessed play or participate?

Directors Filmography
King Lear (1999) ,
Actors Filmography
Banking on Mr. Toad (2020) Frederick James Furnivall, Gandidean (2019) Jim, Shed of the Dead (2019) Narrator, Small Fortune (2019) Big Voice, Black Ops 4: Dead of the Night (2018) Jonathan Warwick, Robin Hood: The Rebellion (2018) Friar Tuck, Eric and the Barbarian (2018) Odin, Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) Konrad Kyeser, The Lodge (2017) Walter, Micro Machines: World Series (2017) Announcer, The Harklets in 'The Dirty Cinema Screen' (2017) Narrator, Peppa Pig (2016) Grampy Rabbit, Danger Mouse...

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Brian Blessed and Geneviève Bujold in Die Trojanerinnen (1971)

He is the father of Rosalind Blessed.

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Brian Blessed and Tom Selleck in Höllenjagd bis ans Ende der Welt (1983)

He was nearly killed when filming his death scene in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

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Brian Blessed and Cassandra Gava in Höllenjagd bis ans Ende der Welt (1983)

In Flash Gordon (1980), his character, Prince Vultan, says "Who wants to live forever?" during the battle between the Hawkmen and Ming's Imperial Fleet. This later became the title of a Queen song on the soundtrack for Highlander (1986).

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Brian Blessed, Peter Capaldi, Elizabeth Earl, Holly Earl, etc.

He attempted to climb Mount Everest three times.

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Brian Blessed and Sam J. Jones in Flash Gordon (1980)

His younger brother Alan, seven years his junior, died in 1996 at age 52.

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Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton, and Sam J. Jones in Flash Gordon (1980)

He frequently gives up his time to appear at fan conventions for different series in which he has appeared.

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Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton, Ted Carroll, and Richard O'Brien in Flash Gordon (1980)

He and Nick Brimble appeared together in the Space: 1999 (1975) episode Space: 1999: The Metamorph (1976), many years before appearing together in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

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Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, John Hallam, Sam J. Jones, Richard O'Brien, etc.

He has been close friends with Patrick Stewart since childhood, when the two (both with a love of theatre) would hitch on coal wagons to London in order to see plays.

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Brian Blessed, John Hallam, and Topol in Flash Gordon (1980)

At age 14, he attended the Second World Peace Congress held in Sheffield during November 1950, where he encountered Pablo Picasso, challenging him to draw something. The artist penned a dove of peace, which the young Blessed scorned before sketching a similar bird himself and presenting it to an amused Picasso. Blessed would not accept Picasso's offer of his picture, thereby unwittingly earning his father's wrath.

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Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Ted Carroll, John Hallam, etc.

He is the oldest person to have reached both the geographical North Pole and the magnetic North Pole.

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Brian Blessed and Sam J. Jones in Flash Gordon (1980)

He was considered for the role of Dr. Bukovsky in the science fiction horror film Lifeforce (1985), which went to Michael Gothard.

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Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Ted Carroll, John Hallam, etc.

He was considered for many guest roles in Doctor Who (1963): Grugger in "Meglos", Login in "Full Circle", Richard Mace in "The Visitation", Captain Stanley in "Time Flight", Ranulf in "The King's Demons", Vorshak in "Warriors of the Deep", Lytton in "Resurrection of the Daleks", Russell in "Attack of the Cybermen", The Governor in "Vengeance on Varos", Shockeye in "The Two Doctors", Merdeen in "The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet" and Sabalom Glitz in "The Trial of a Time Lord". He would eventually play Lord Ycranos in "The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp". He was also going to make a cameo as his Z Cars (1962) role PC Fancy Smith in Doctor Who: The Feast of Steven (1965), but this was vetoed by the producers. He was originally cast as Odin in Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died (2015), but had to drop out due to illness.

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Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, John Hallam, Sam J. Jones, etc.

Patrick Stewart suggested Blessed for the role of Admiral Doughtery in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), which went to Anthony Zerbe.

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Kenneth Branagh, Kate Beckinsale, Brian Blessed, Emma Thompson, Richard Briers, etc.

During the 1980s, he was often linked in the UK press to the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) when the role became vacant.

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Brian Blessed, Ted Carroll, and John Hallam in Flash Gordon (1980)

He was forced to leave a touring production of "King Lear" in January 2015 due to heart problems.

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Brian Blessed in Star Wars: Episode I - Die dunkle Bedrohung (1999)

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the arts and charity in Surrey, England.

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Brian Blessed in Hamlet (1996)

He had a love-hate relationship with Peter O'Toole that lasted for thirty years.

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Brian Blessed, Ted Carroll, and John Hallam in Flash Gordon (1980)

He befriended Katharine Hepburn while filming The Trojan Women (1971).

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