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date: 15 October 2019

Blessed, Brian free

OBE 2016

Born 9 Oct. 1936; s of William Blessed and Hilda Blessed (née Wall); m 1st, Anne Bomann (marr. diss.); one d; 2nd, 1978, Hildegard Neil (née Zimmermann); one d

actor, author and climber


Bolton-on-Dearne Sch.; Bristol Old Vic Theatre Sch.


Stage: worked in rep., Nottingham, Birmingham, etc; Incident at Vichy, Phoenix, 1966; The Exorcism, Comedy, 1967; State of Revolution, NT, 1977; The Devil’s Disciple, 1979 and The Eagle has Two Heads, Chichester; Hamlet, Richard III, and Henry V, RSC, 1984–85; The Relapse, RNT, 2001; King Lear, Guildford, 2015; dir, The Glass Menagerie, tour 1998; one-man show, An Evening with Brian Blessed, tours 1992–93, 1995–96; musicals: Old Deuteronomy, in Cats, New London, 1981; Metropolis, Piccadilly, 1989; Hard Times, Haymarket, 2000; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Palladium, 2002; narrator, Morning Heroes (Arthur Bliss), with LSO, 1991, and other works; films include: The Trojan Women, 1971; Man of La Mancha, 1972; Flash Gordon, 1980; Henry V, 1989; Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1991; Much Ado About Nothing, 1993; Hamlet, 1997; Star Wars—The Phantom Menace, 1998; Walt Disney’s Tarzan, 1999; Mumbo Jumbo, 2000; Alexander, 2004; As You Like It, The Conclave, The Day of Wrath, 2006; Back in Business, 2007; As You Like It, 2008; television includes: series: Fancy Smith, in Z Cars, 1962–78; The Little World of Don Camillo, 1980; The Black Adder, 1983; My Family and Other Animals, 1987; serials: The Three Musketeers, 1966; I, Claudius, 1976; Return to Treasure Island, 1986; War and Remembrance, 1988; Catherine the Great, 1995; Tom Jones, 1997; documentary, Ascent of Mars Mountain, 2005. Has made expeditions to: Mt Everest, 1991 (film, Galahad of Everest, won Canadian Grand Prix, Banff Fest., 1992), 1993, 1996; N Pole, Mt Aconcagua, 2002; Chile, 1993; Mt Ararat, Turkey, 2004; Mt Kuiten and Malkin, Mongolia; Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa


The Turquoise Mountain, 1991; The Dynamite Kid, 1992; Nothing’s Impossible, 1994; Quest for the Lost World, 1999; Absolute Pandemonium (memoirs), 2015


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