Brian Blessed (born October 9, 1936) is an English comedian, actor, narrator, and writer known for his memorable booming voice, giant persona, and substantial experience in Shakespearean cinema and theater.

He began acting in 1962, and has appeared in dozens of films and almost a hundred TV shows, voiced characters in sixteen video games, and hosted some documentaries. He starred in The Black Adder alongside Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Rowan Atkinson, as King Richard IV, and in I, Claudius alongside Derek Jacobi, Christopher Guard, and John Rhys-Davies as Caesar Augustus.

In 1992, Blessed provided the voice of Farmer Giles in BBC Radio 5's series of Tales from the Perilous Realm, which also featured Brian Sibley.

He lives in Windlesham, Surrey, England.

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