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Brian Blessed (born 9 October 1936) is an English actor who is known for his "hearty portrayals". He is a former RAF parachutist and undertaker.
Blessed was the son of a socialist miner, William Blessed, and Hilda Wall. He was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire. He attended Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School but was forced to leave aged 15 after his father had an industrial accident.
He attended drama training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He has played a number of well known roles, such as Prince Vultan in flash Gordon and Boss Nass in Star Wars. He has appeared in a lot of reproductions of Shakespeare plays, including King Lear and Hamlet.
He has appeared on TV numerous times. Some of the shows he has made guest appearances on include Jackanory and QI.