Brian Blessed

Highest Rated: 100% Henry V (1989)
Birthday: Oct 9, 1937
Birthplace: Mexborough, Yorkshire, England, UK
Although mention of his name may not turn heads in the States, Brian Blessed's booming, authoritative voice will. A brute actor from Mexborough, Yorkshire, with the stature to back his vocal chords, Blessed's unique ability to inject his characters with a quick wit and cunning guile helped him thrive in both film and television since his small-screen debut in 1962. A lifelong adventurer who spent his childhood days enthralled by the wonders of BBC radio's The Lost World, Blessed was frequently tardy for classes due to his unyielding desire to learn the secrets of the farthest corners of the world. He endeared himself to British audiences with his role as PC "Fancy" Smith in the popular BBC crime series Z Cars, and followed that up a few years later as Porthos in the 1966 U.K. miniseries The Three Musketeers. Blessed progressed into feature films with a role in The Christmas Tree that same year, and though he frequently returned to television for roles in such hits as The Avengers and Doctor Who, impressive performances in The Trojan Women (1971) and Man of La Mancha (1972) showed his diversity and effectiveness on the big screen, as well. In 1976 alone, Blessed appeared in no less than six made-for-TV efforts, and, by the '80s, he began to attract attention overseas. Perhaps the actor's most widely seen performance was that of the heroic Prince Vultan in Mike Hodges' 1980 comic-book, sci-fi adventure Flash Gordon, and a subsequent performance as King Richard IV in the hit 1983 BBC comedy Black Adder reinforced his status in Britain. Blessed next stole the show as Long John Silver in the 1985 miniseries Return to Treasure Island. His Shakespearean skills took center stage for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Hamlet (1996), and, in 1999, Blessed directed himself in a U.K. version of King Lear. That same year, he gained even more international exposure when he essayed a small role in Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace and provided vocal work for Disney's Tarzan. As video-game producers began courting actors to provide vocal work for their interactive adventures, they tapped Blessed to appear in such titles as Kingdom Hearts and Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior. After taking the lead in the 2003 horror film Devil's Harvest, Blessed once again traveled back in time for a role in Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Shed of the Dead Actor 2019
No Score Yet Robin Hood: The Rebellion Friar Tuck 2018
No Score Yet Once in a Life Time Actor 2015
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Judge Jawbreaker $6.5M 2014
No Score Yet Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out Actor 2013
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate King $31.1M 2012
No Score Yet Wojtek: The Bear That Went To War Actor 2011
No Score Yet Wars of the Roses Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Roman Invasions of Britain Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Back in Business Actor 2007
No Score Yet Medieval Warfare: Wars of the Roses Actor 2007
No Score Yet The History of Warfare: Balaclava 1854 Actor 2007
No Score Yet The History of Warfare: The Boer War and Other Colonial Adventures Actor 2007
36% As You Like It Duke Senior/Duke Frederick 2006
No Score Yet Day Of Wrath Actor 2006
No Score Yet Mist: The Story of a Sheepdog Puppy Actor 2006
No Score Yet Alexander Revisited: Final Cut Actor 2006
No Score Yet Johnny and the Dead William "Bill" Stickers 2005
No Score Yet Alexander: The Ultimate Cut Actor 2004
16% Alexander Wrestling Trainer $34.3M 2004
No Score Yet 448 BC: Olympiad of Ancient Hellas Actor 2004
No Score Yet Devil's Harvest Father Gabriel Norton 2003
No Score Yet Catherine the Great Bestuzhev 2000
No Score Yet The Greatest Store in the World Actor 1999
89% Tarzan Clayton 1999
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Boss Nass $431.1M 1999
No Score Yet King Lear Lear Director 1999
No Score Yet Battle of Austerlitz Actor 1999
No Score Yet Henry Fielding's Tom Jones Actor 1997
95% Hamlet Ghost 1996
No Score Yet Kidnapped Cluny 1995
No Score Yet MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis Actor 1994
90% Much Ado About Nothing Antonio 1993
No Score Yet Freddie as F.R.O.7 El Supremo 1992
No Score Yet Back in the U.S.S.R. Chazov 1992
No Score Yet Old Rococo: The Life of Gioacchino Rossini Rossini 1992
No Score Yet Prisoner of Honor Gen. Gonse 1991
51% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Lord Locksley 1991
100% Henry V Exeter 1989
No Score Yet My Family and Other Animals Spiro 1989
No Score Yet High Road to China Suleiman Khan 1983
82% Flash Gordon Prince Vultan 1980
No Score Yet Joy of Bach Actor 1980
No Score Yet It's a Steal? Actor 1979
No Score Yet Law Rules OK!? Actor 1979
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Story of David Actor 1976
No Score Yet King Arthur, the Young Warlord Actor 1975
No Score Yet Young Warlord Actor 1975
46% Man of La Mancha Pedro 1973
No Score Yet Henry VIII and His Six Wives Suffolk 1972
No Score Yet The Last Valley Korski 1971
No Score Yet The Trojan Women Talthybius 1971
No Score Yet Balaclava 1854 Actor 1968

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Peppa Pig
2004
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2004
68% Doctor Who
1963-1989
King Ycranos
  • 1986
100% I, Claudius
1976
Augustus
  • 1978
  • 1977
61% Space: 1999
1975-1978
Appearing
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Mark Dayton
  • 1967
No Score Yet Blake's 7
1978-1981
Vargas
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Jack Nolan
No Score Yet The Big Knights
2000
Sir Moris
57% The Black Adder
1983
Richard IV Harry, Prince of Wales
80% Toast of London
2012-2015
Col. Gonville Toast
No Score Yet Z Cars
1962

QUOTES FROM Brian Blessed CHARACTERS