Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice. A
He has lent his musical talents to several productions - from playing Old Deuteronomy in Cats to The Baron in the more recent Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In the 1970s, he began appearing more and more on-camera with both classical and contemporary performances. In costumed television movies, he has played Porthos in The Three Musketeers and The Further Adventures of the Musketeers, Augustus in I, Claudius, and Long John Silver in Return to Treasure Island and has been a part of various reenactments including Catherine the Great, Lady Chatterley, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Kidnapped.
On film, he has appeared in robust support in several William Shakespeare adaptations, including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Macbeth and the title role in King Lear, which he also directed. More recently, he appeared in Oliver Stone's epic-scale Alexander and in Kenneth Branagh's film version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It.
In recent years, the octogenarian has been heard more than seen with voice work in video games, documentaries and such animated TV programs as Kika & Bob, The Amazing World of Gumball, Wizards vs Aliens, Henry Hugglemonster and Peppa Pig.