Brian Blessed

Actor, Director, Steeplejack
Hefty, incisive character player, often bearded, an able roisterer who has mastered a pleasing variety of stalwart sidekicks, blustery authority figures and scheming rapscallions. After repertory experience which ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1937 in South Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (45)

Cabbages & Queens 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Day of Wrath 2014 (Movie)

Lord Francisco del Ruiz (Actor)

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 (Movie)

Judge Jawbreaker (Voice)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

The Pirate King (Voice)

The Wrong Door 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Agent Crush 2007 (Movie)

Boris Goudphater (Voice)

Konklave 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

As You Like It 2006 (Movie)

Duke Frederick/Duke Senior (Actor)

Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Wrestling Trainer (Actor)

Catherine the Great 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Store in the World 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

Boss Nass (Actor)

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

Clayton (Voice)

Henry Fielding's Tom Jones 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Ghost (Actor)

Lovejoy 1991 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bruce 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chasing the Deer 1994 (Movie)

Major Elliot (Actor)

City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Much Ado About Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Antonio--His Brother (Actor)

Back in the U.S.S.R. 1992 (Movie)

Chazov (Actor)

Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 (Movie)

of El Supremo (Voice)

Galahad of Everest 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

Lord Locksley (Actor)

Asterix and the Big Fight 1989 (Movie)

of Caous (Voice)

Henry V 1989 (Movie)

Exeter (Actor)

Pyramid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

The Last Days of Pompeii 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Master of Ballantrae 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

High Road to China 1983 (Movie)

Suleiman Khan (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 (Movie)

Geoffrey Lyons (Actor)

Flash Gordon 1980 (Movie)

Prince Vultan (Actor)

Cold Comfort Farm 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of La Mancha 1972 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

The Trojan Women 1970 (Movie)

Talthibius (Actor)

Country Dance 1969 (Movie)

Jock Baird (Actor)

Till Death Do Us Part 1968 (Movie)

Army Sergeant (Actor)

Appointment With a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

I, Claudius (TV Show)

Actor

Kidnapped (TV Show)

Actor

Once in a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Prisoner of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of David (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Hefty, incisive character player, often bearded, an able roisterer who has mastered a pleasing variety of stalwart sidekicks, blustery authority figures and scheming rapscallions. After repertory experience which doubtless helped develop his booming, distinctive line delivery, Blessed gained fame when he joined the cast of British TV's gritty, long-running police drama, "Z Cars". Although that series would remain among Blessed's best-known work in his native land, his performances only began to garner notice in the U.S. later in the 1970s. His most fondly remembered work in this country may still be his ripely played Caesar Augustus, by turns commanding, villainous, hilarious and touching, in the acclaimed historical miniseries "I, Claudius" (1977-78). Blessed did, however, also delight as the hero's kingly father in the uproarious English comedy series, "Blackadder".

Relationships

Hilda Blessed

Mother

William Blessed

Father

Catherine Blessed

Daughter
mother, Anne Bomann

Rosalind Blessed

Daughter
mother, Hildegard Neil

Anne Bomann

Wife
first wife American divorced

Hildegard Neil

Wife
British second wife played Cleopatra in the 1970 film version of "Antony and Cleopatra" also played supporting roles in "A Touch of Class" (1973) and "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980)

EDUCATION

studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School

Milestones

2012

Voiced the Pirate King in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2006

Co-starred in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of "As You Like It"

2004

Cast in minor role as a wrestling trainer in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"

1999

Appeared in "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" as the voice of Boss Nass

1998

Made stage directing debut with a British revival of "The Glass Menagerie", starring his wife Hildegard Neil

1989

Returned to features after six years to play Exeter in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry V"

1983

First American film, "High Road to China"

1976

Played Caesar Augustus in the miniseries "I, Claudius" (BBC)

1970

Earliest appearances on U.S. TV include a role in the PBS dramatic presentation "Cold Comfort Farm"

1966

Earliest feature film appearances include a role in "The Christmas Tree"

1962

Acted for four years in repertory before hitting it big on TV as PC 'Fancy' Smith on "Z Cars" (BBC)

Served for two years in the RAF Parachute Regiment; became involved in amateur theatricals

Bonus Trivia

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Blessed had a black belt in judo.

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