Brian Blessed Biography

Birthday: 1936-10-09
Place of Birth: Mexborough, Yorkshire
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 a part of various reenactments including Catherine the Great (1996) (TV), "Lady Chatterley" (1993), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) (TV) and Kidnapped (1995) (TV). On film, he has appeared in robust support in several William Shakespeare adaptations, including Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996) and Macbeth (1997). He is married to British actress Hildegard Neil, who made an appearance with him in Macbeth (1997). More recently, he appeared in Oliver Stone's epic-scale Alexander (2004) and in Kenneth Branagh's film version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It (2006).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Drama Playhouse Tom Gardner 1969 - 1972
I, Claudius Augustus 1976 Drama
The Aphrodite Inheritance 1979 Drama
The Black Adder King Richard IV 1982 Comedy
Return to Treasure Island Long John Silver 1986 - 1986
Blackadder King Richard IV 1989 Comedy
Tarzan Clayton 1999 Animation
Let's Write a Story Dr. Batch 2004 Adventure
As You Like It Duke Senior 2006 Drama
Flash Gordon Prince Vultan 2007 - Action
Wait for It..! PC Smith 2009
Peppa Pig 2009 - 2010 Animation
Antiques Road Trip Himself 2011
Wizards Vs Aliens Nekross king 2012 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hamlet Ghost of Hamlet's Father 1948 0
The Last Valley 1971 Adventure, Drama
Man of La Mancha 1972 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Henry VIII and His Six Wives Suffolk 1973 Drama
I, Claudius Augustus 1977 Drama, History
Flash Gordon Prince Vultan 1980 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
High Road to China 1983 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Henry V Duke Thomas Beaufort of Exeter 1989 Biography, Romance, 0, 0
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Lord Locksley 1991 0, Biography
Prisoner of Honor 1991 Drama
Back in the U.S.S.R. Chazov 1992 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Much Ado About Nothing Antonio 1993 Comedy, Romance
Chasing the Deer Maj. Elliot 1994
The Bruce Edward I 1996
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Boss Nass 1999 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Boss Nass 1999 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tarzan Clayton 1999 Animation, Adventure, Drama
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything King Henry VIII 1999 Comedy, History
The Mumbo Jumbo Lucifer Bounder 2000 Comedy
Olympiad 448 BC: Olympiad of Ancient Hellas Narrator 2004 Drama
As You Like It Duke Senior 2006 Drama, Comedy, Romance
Agent Crush 2007
Back in Business Trevor Pilkington 2007 Adventure, Comedy, Family
The Conclave Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomin 2007 Drama
Re-Evolution Mr Finney 2011 Drama
The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate King 2012 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Judge Jawbreaker 2014 Animation, Family, Musical
Red Tails II: Lightning Strikes Twice Old Bobby 2016 Action