The son of a South Yorkshire coal miner, Brian Blessed was born in 1936 in Mexborough and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before beginning a distinguished and varied career, which has encompassed all media. Brian is now one of this country's best known and most highly respected actors.
Brian created the role of 'Old Deuteronomy' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly successful musical, Cats, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has played roles at the Royal National Theatre. He also created the role of 'Baron Bomburst' in the original cast of the hugely successful musical, Chitty, Bang, Bang at the London Palladium.
Countless television roles include; 'Augustus Caesar' in I Claudius, 'PC Fancy Smith' in Z Cars; 'Porthos' in The Three Musketeers; 'Spiro' in My Family and Other Animals; 'Richard IV' in Black Adder; and the larger than life 'Squire Western' in the BBC's classic drama series Tom Jones.
On Film, Brian played 'Talthybius' in Trojan Women, 'Vultan' in the ever popular Flash Gordon; 'Long John Silver' in Return to Treasure Island; 'Lord Locksley' in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner,'Boss Nass' in George Lucas' Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, 'Clayton' in Walt Disney's Tarzan and 'Leonidas' in Oliver Stones' Alexander. More recently 'Duke Frederick/Duke Senior' in Kenneth Branagh's version of As You Like It.
Brian lives in Surrey with his wife, the actress Hildegard Neil. They share their home with numerous dogs, ponies, fish, cats, ducks and fish !! They have one daughter, Rosalind, who is also an actress.