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Brian Blessed - Wikipedia Early life. Brian Blessed was born on 9 October 1936 at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of William Blessed (1906–2005), a socialist coal miner at ...

Brian Blessed - Wikipedia Brian Blessed OBE ˈblɛsɪd born 9 October 1936 is an English actor writer and presenter Blessed Event He is known for his booming voice and his roles in I Claudius Blackadder and Flash Gordon Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2 1 Acting career 2 2 Other work 3 Personal life 4 Charity work 5 Filmography 6 Bibliography 7 References 8 External links Early lifeedit Brian Blessed was born on 9 October 1936 at Montagu Hospital1 in Mexborough Yorkshire23 the son of William Blessed 1906–20054 a socialist coal miner at Hickleton Main Colliery and himself the son of a coal miner5 and Hilda Wall 1909–1997 4 Blesseds greatgreatgrandfather Jabez Blessed was the father of 13 children and worked as a china and glass dealer in Brigg Lincolnshire many of Blesseds relatives hail from Brigg 6 Blessed went to Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School and started drama training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 7 Acting careeredit One of Blesseds earliest roles was that of PC Fancy Smith in the BBC television series ZCars between 1962 and 1965 8 In 1966 he appeared in a production of Incident at Vichy at the Phoenix Theatre in London In 1967 he played Porthos in a 10part BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers 9 Blessed also had minor roles in cult TV series such as The Avengers 1967 1969 and the original Randall and Hopkirk Deceased 1969 He appeared as William Woodcock in the Yorkshire Television series Boy Dominic 1974 He played Caesar Augustus in the BBC Two drama series I Claudius 197610 and Basileos in The Aphrodite Inheritance 1979 11 He hosted a docudrama on the life of Johann Sebastian Bach called The Joy of Bach 1978 in which he also played Bach in a number of scenes He played Long John Silver in the 10part serial Return to Treasure Island 1986 King Yrcanos in the Doctor Who serial Mindwarp 1986 General Yevlenko in the miniseries War and Remembrance 1988 and Lord Loxley the father of Robin Hood in the Hollywood film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves 1991 On stage he starred in Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical Cats as both Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones for the original 1981 West End theatre production Blessed 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 1989 Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing 1993 the Ghost of Hamlets Father in Hamlet 1996 and both Duke Frederick and Duke Senior in As You Like It 2006 Other roles have emphasised Blesseds comedic abilities In particular Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon 1980 for which he is remembered for the exclamations Gordons alive12 and DIVE the mad comical figure of Richard IV in the first series of The Black Adder 1983 a role Blessed has claimed to be one of his most cherished and Spiro in the BBC adaptation of My Family and Other Animals 1987 13 Blessed has joked that he was due to appear in Blackadder II 1986 as Elizabeth I but was unavailable for filming 14 In 1997 Blessed portrayed Squire Western in the BBC adaptation of Henry Fieldings 1749 comic novel Tom Jones He later recalled accidentally punching Peter Capaldi whilst filming and said of the event I thought Id killed the poor bastard 15 In 1999 Blessed provided both the voice and liveaction reference for the blustery CGI character Boss Nass in Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace and also provided the voice of the villainous hunter Clayton in Disneys animated feature film Tarzan a role he later reprised in the video game based on the film and in the critically acclaimed Kingdom Hearts in 2002 He read the story The White City for the album series Late Night Tales recording it in four parts released over four albums16 and was also the voice of Jean Valjean in Focus on the Family Radio Theatres audio adaptation of Victor Hugos Les Misérables Blessed was one of the narrators for Story Teller a childrens magazine partwork series in the 1980s He has further provided vocal links for the SonyAwardwinning Christian OConnell Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio and introduced advertisements for Orange mobile phones In 2002 under the direction of Royal Shakespeare Company director Adrian Noble he originated the role of Baron Bomburst for the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang From December 2005 to January 2006 Blessed headlined the Christmas pantomime production of Peter Pan alongside CBBC presenter Kirsten OBrien at Ipswichs Regent Theatre From 2007 to 2008 he appeared in the same play as Captain Hook at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable he reprised the role for the Christmas 2008 season at the Fairfield Halls Croydon For Christmas 2006 he presented a production of Cinderella for Virgin Radio starring David Tennant Thandie Newton and others Since October 2008 Blessed has presented the Englishlanguage dub of the Japanese TV game show Unbeatable Banzuke on Challenge under the pseudonym Banzuke Brian He was the narrator of the Sky 1 series Crash Test Dummies starring Steve Marsh and Dan Wright In animation he has provided the voices of Bob in Kika & Bob 200817 and Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig 2004–present Following a successful Facebook campaign satellite navigation manufacturer TomTom recorded Blesseds voice for use in its products he has been available as a voice command option since October 2010 18 In September 2010 Blessed recorded the voice of Great Sultan Shahryār for Sheherazade or The Princess the Pirate and the Baboon an album of childrens stories set to Nikolai RimskyKorsakovs classical music composition Scheherazade costarring Rory Bremner and released as an instalment of Grandma Dingleys Ingeniously Musical Tales in 2011 19 In 2017 Blessed voices famous German military engineer Lord Konrad Kyeser in the upcoming openworld medieval RPG Kingdom Come Deliverance 20 Other workedit David Callaway Blessed and Pasang Sherpa at Everest Base Camp Blessed was a keen boxer in his youth and claims to have sparred with the Dalai Lama 21 He has attempted to climb Mount Everest three times without supplemental oxygen22 reaching heights of 28200 feet 8600 m in 1993 and 25200 feet 7700 m in 1996 but without reaching the summit 23 He holds a 3rd dan in Judo 24 He has reached the tops of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania citation needed He is the oldest man to go to the North Magnetic Pole on foot25 and has undertaken an expedition into the jungles of Venezuela during which he survived a plane crash Blessed has completed 800 hours of space training at Star City in Russia 12 Blessed served as President of the Television and Radio Industries Club TRIC from 2007 to 2008 and presented the 2008 TRIC Awards at Grosvenor House London He has honorary degrees from the University of Bradford awarded July 2003 and Sheffield Hallam University awarded 2004 and has also been awarded the honorary title of Official Shoutsperson by the University of Yorks Douglas Adams Society 26 In 2011 the student union voted to name a new study area the Brian Blessed Centre for Quiet Study 27 The same year Blessed was nominated for the post of Chancellor of the University of Cambridge following a campaign by graduates 28 In 2004 Blessed appeared on Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes impersonating the opera singer Luciano Pavarotti Known for his football knowledge he appeared as an expert and commentator on the satellite channel UKTV G2 during the 2006 World Cup Blessed also appeared on A Question of Sport in 2006 and 2011 and was a guest host on the BBCs satirical quiz show Have I Got News for You in May 2008 and April 2013 also making a surprise appearance in the 2008 Christmas special In Blesseds first appearance on the programme his exaggerated comic style resulted in a quick departure from the usual format leading team captain Paul Merton to quip Does anyone remember how this show used to be like Other guest appearances include the talk shows Loose Women 2006 and The Paul OGrady Show 2008 In 2009 Blessed featured in the song Army of the Damned from the album Beneath the Veiled Embrace by British power metal band Pythia reciting the poem Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon 29 Blessed also appeared on their 2014 album Shadows of a Broken Past He had previously contributed to the song The Joust by Christian band Eden Burning in 1994 30 Blessed also speaks in the Living Legend history presentation in Jersey alongside other celebrities such as Samantha Janus Roger Lloyd Pack Tony Robinson and Kevin Whately Downloadable content for the computer game War of the Roses featured narration by Blessed 31 In 2013 he received the Spirit of Hammer Award at the Metal Hammer magazines Golden Gods Awards 32 On 14 August 2014 Blessed was the subject of an episode of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are tracing the lives of his ancestors 6 Personal lifeedit Blessed married American actress Ann Bomann when they were both 20 years old and they had a daughter named Kathy Due to work constraints they drifted apart and eventually separated They officially divorced in the late 1970s in order to allow Blessed to marry English actress Hildegarde Neil Blesseds relationship with Kathy had always been difficult in the early 1990s following a shared climb of Mount Kilimanjaro she informed him that she no longer wanted to be part of his life They have not spoken since which he says saddens him but he respects it 33 Blessed lives in Windlesham Surrey He married Neil in 1978 Their daughter Rosalind is an actress 34 Blessed has worked alongside Rosalind on Doctors He owns several dogs and is a patron of the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary 35 On 19 January 2015 Blessed collapsed on stage during a performance of King Lear with the Guildford Shakespeare Company in which his daughter Rosalind was also acting He received medical attention from a doctor in the audience and returned to the stage to complete the play 20 minutes later 36 On 30 January 2015 it was announced that Blessed had been compelled to withdraw from the production on the advice of his heart specialist 37 He has been fitted with a pacemaker 12 Blessed was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the arts and charity 38 Charity workedit Blessed is a patron of PHASE Worldwide which works to improve education healthcare and livelihoods in remote areas of Nepal 39 Filmographyedit Main article Brian Blessed filmography Bibliographyedit The Turquoise Mountain Brian Blessed on Everest 1991 Dynamite Kid 1992 Nothings Impossible 1994 To the Top of the World 1995 Quest for the Lost World 1999 Sooty 2013 Absolute Pandemonium 2015 Referencesedit Blessed Brian 1992 1 The Dynamite Kid 1st ed London Bloomsbury p  1 ISBN 0747512752   Index entry FreeBMD ONS Retrieved 4 November 2010   BFI biodata Ftvdb bfi org uk 16 April 2009 Retrieved 8 July 2011   a b England and Wales Death Index Who Do You Think You Are BBC Series 11 2 Brian Blessed a b Who do you think you are Brian Blessed traces Brigg & Winterton relatives on BBC1 tonight Scunthorpe Telegraph 14 August 2014 Retrieved 15 August 2014   The International Whos Who 2004 Psychology Press 2003 p  176 ISBN 9781857432176   Z Cars 5 Big Catch BBC Television 30 January 1962 BBC Genome   The Three Musketeers BBC One London 8 January 1967 BBC Genome   I Claudius BBC Two England 6 December 1976 BBC Genome   The Aphrodite Inheritance BBC One London 14 February 1979 BBC Genome   a b c Brian Blessed Picasso Gave me a £50m picture I threw it away Blessed Event The Telegraph 8 November 2015   Gerald Durrells Lasting Legacy BBC News Online 15 September 2006 Retrieved 5 May 2008   Brian Blessed Web Chat The Guardian 22 August 2001 Retrieved 1 September 2008   The day Brian Blessed punched and knocked out Peter Capaldi Radio Times 9 October 2014 Retrieved 2 November 2016   Brian Blessed discography   Cast and Crew page on the Official Kika and Bob website   Wallop Harry 6 August 2010 Brian Blessed new voice of TomTom Sat Nav Telegraph Media Group Limited Retrieved 19 September 2017   Sheherazade or The Princess the Pirate and the Baboon Grandma Dingleys Ingeniously Musical Tales Grandmadingley com 21 March 2011 Retrieved 8 July 2011   Kingdom Come Deliverance presents Brian Blessed as Lord Konrad Kyeser YouTube Warhorse Studios Retrieved 5 May 2017   ScottElliot Robin 2 April 2012 Robin ScottElliot Greigs a tasty addition to Sky team but Beefy is a crusty curmudgeon Cricket Sport The Independent Retrieved 6 February 2014   Dickinson Matt 19 February 2012 How We Met Matt Dickinson and Brian Blessed The Independent Retrieved 24 April 2013 Dickinson But as for going back to Everest with Brian in truth hes too old now to try again   Arthur Charles 30 May 1996 Blessed Launches Bitter Attack on Human Lemmings of Everest The Independent Retrieved 24 April 2013   Camberley Judo Club  Pennyhill Park hosts the first ever judo ashes Camberleyjudo co uk 10 July 2009 Retrieved 21 December 2016   Benedictus Leo 29 July 2003 Why I Love Brian Blessed The Guardian Retrieved 5 May 2008   DougSoc Committee Retrieved 8 July 2011   DavisDigges Hoagy 25 January 2011 Union General Meeting Sees Highest Voting Numbers Since 2008 Nouse co uk Retrieved 8 July 2011   Brian Blessed Bids to be Cambridge Chancellor BBC News BBC 3 June 2011 Retrieved 25 April 2013   Some are Inexplicably Followed by Brian Blesseds Stentorian Narrations of British AntiWar Poetry Retrieved 2 May 2011   Eden Burning Mirth and Matter sleeve notes War of the Roses Details Brian Blessed DLC Free Content and Kingmaker Gold Edition PC Gamer 1 February 2013 Retrieved 25 April 2013   Metal Hammer Golden Gods Winners Metal Hammer 17 June 2013 Archived from the original on 4 April 2014 Retrieved 19 June 2013   Piers Morgans Life Stories Brian Blessed   Sleeman Elizabeth 2003 The International Whos Who 2004 2004 67th ed Routledge p  176 ISBN 9781857432176   Hopefield Patrons and Trustees Hopefield Animal Sanctuary Retrieved 18 November 2011   Brian Blessed collapses on stage but returns to finish show BBC News 21 January 2015 Retrieved 21 January 2015   Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear on doctors orders BBC News 30 January 2015 Retrieved 30 January 2015   No 61608 The London Gazette Supplement 11 June 2016 p  B11   PHASE welcomes Blessed as patron PHASE Worldwide 2 June 2015 Retrieved 5 September 2016   External linksedit Brian Blessed on IMDb Brian Blessed at AllMovie Brian Blessed at the TCM Movie Database

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