Brian Blessed

Brian BlessedBrian Blessed ( born 9 October 1937, Goldthorpe, Yorkshire, England) is an English actor, author and adventurer. He is known for his loud, booming voice and “hearty, king-sized portrayals”.
At the beginning of his career, Blessed had small roles in such cult shows as The Avengers and the original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). His first well-known role was that of PC ‘Fancy’ Smith in the BBC police drama Z Cars from 1962 to 1965.
He then went on to portray Caesar Augustus in the BBC series I, Claudius, for which performance he won the New York Critics Award[citation needed]. He has appeared in a number of Shakespearean roles on both stage and screen, including four of the five Shakespeare films directed by Kenneth Branagh: as The Duke of Exeter in Henry V, Antonio in Much Ado About Brian Blessed oldNothing, The Ghost of Hamlet’s Father in Hamlet and the dual role of Duke Frederick and Duke Senior in As You Like It.
Other roles have emphasised his comedic abilities: notably Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon (1980); the mad, comic figure of Richard IV in the first series of The Black Adder (1983); and Spiro in the BBC adaptation of My Family and Other Animals (1987). He also played the role of General Yevlenko in the 1988 mini-series War and Remembrance. Blessed claims he almost starred in Blackadder II (1986) as Queen Elizabeth but he wasn’t available at the time of filming.
He provided the vocal links on the Sony-Award-winning Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio and introduced adverts for Orange mobile phones. At Christmas 2006, he presented a panto Cinderella for Virgin Radio starring actors such as David Tennant and Thandie Newton. In November 2006, Blessed made a surprise appearance on the midday talk show Loose Women. Also, he is featured reading the story “The White City Part 1″ which is the final piece on the album Late Night Tales: Nightmares On Wax. Blessed was also the voice of Jean Valjean in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s audio dramatic adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.
Blessed has also starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats as both Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones during the original London production. In 2002, under the direction of Royal Shakespeare Company director, Adrian Brian Blessed nudeNoble, Blessed originated the role of Baron Bomburst for the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Blessed now lives in Surrey. He married the actress Hildegarde Neil Zimmermann in 1978 and they have one daughter, Rosalind. He also has a number of dogs. Blessed and Neil appeared together on an episode of the ITV game show “All Star Mr And Mrs” on May 23, 2009.
Blessed is a lifelong friend of another noted Shakespearean and sci-fi veteran Patrick Stewart, whom he first met at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He supports Newcastle United football club. On Soccer AM (Sky Sports 1, 10 January 2009) Blessed admitted he also admires Manchester United. He has also been quoted as saying that he supports his home town club Doncaster Rovers.
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