Man of the Year Award 2011
Brian Blessed was born 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 musical, CATS, for which he received a SWET nomination. At the Royal National Theatre he created ‘Maxim Gorky’ in Robert Bolt’s STATE OF REVOLUTION and played the role of ‘Sir Tunbelly Clumsey’ in THE RELAPSE, directed by Trevor Nunn. He also created the role of ‘Baron Bomburst’ in the original cast of 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; ‘Richard IV’ in BLACK ADDER; and the larger than life ‘Squire Western’ in BBC’s drama series TOM JONES.
On Film, Brian played ‘Long John Silver’ in RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND; and ‘Lord Locksley’ in ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES with Kevin Costner. He played ‘Boss Nass’ in George Lucas’ STAR WARS, THE PHANTOM MENACE.
Brian has worked with some great orchestras, narrating Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF with the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Prokofiev’s IVAN THE TERRIBLE with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow and he has recorded A YOUNG PERSONS GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA.
Brian is an accomplished author and has written five books, and of course he is well known for his mountaineering adventures and expeditions. Brian is married to the actress Hildegard Neil and lives in Surrey.