Brian Blessed - Author

About the Author

Brian Blessed grew up in Goldthorpe, Yorkshire, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His television appearances include Z-Cars, Boy Dominic, I, Claudius, Cold Comfort Farm, The Little World of Don Camillo, Blackadder, My Family and Other Animals, The History of Tom Jones and Peppa Pig. His films include The Trojan Women, Flash Gordon, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, As You Like It, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Brian is also an explorer and mountaineer. He became the oldest man to reach the North Magnetic Pole on foot in 1999 and to reach 28,000 feet of Everest without oxygen. He lives in Surrey with his wife, Hildegard Neil. This is his fifth book.

Featured books by Brian Blessed

Absolute Pandemonium The Autobiography

Absolute Pandemonium The Autobiography

Author: Brian Blessed Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. You'll see Brian falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering wires strapped round his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causing an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and winning round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Along the way he takes secret revenge on headmistress Mrs Jarman and her very big bottom, punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O'Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals.

Other books by Brian Blessed

The Panther In My Kitchen My Wild Life With Animals

The Panther In My Kitchen My Wild Life With Animals

Author: Brian Blessed Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

Brian Blessed has a lifelong love of animals and over the years has rescued cats and dogs, horses and ponies, and even a very ungrateful fighting cock. All were characters in their own right, such as Jessie, a dog left languishing for a year at the local RSPCA, who ruled the entire household with a rod of iron, when she wasn't out harassing the local vicar. Then there was Bodger, an abused terrier cross breed, was nursed back to health by Brian and his wife, and Peppone, a stray cat and notorious thief, was responsible for a crime epidemic in the Bagshot area. Most of all there was Misty, a soul mate and the first Jack Russell Brian met who didn't take an instant dislike to him. Over the years Brian has encountered more exotic animals too, from Kali the black panther who had free run of his kitchen and the gentle boa constrictor Bo Bo who went for walks with him in Richmond Park to the female gorillas who found him incredibly attractive. Written with all of Brian's ebullience, The Panther in My Kitchen is a laugh out loud, life affirming book about the joy animals bring and why we should care for them.

The Panther In My Kitchen My Wild Life With Animals

The Panther In My Kitchen My Wild Life With Animals

Author: Brian Blessed Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2017

Brian Blessed has a lifelong love of animals and over the years has rescued cats and dogs, horses and ponies, and even a very ungrateful fighting cock. All were characters in their own right, such as Jessie, a dog left languishing for a year at the local RSPCA, who ruled the entire household with a rod of iron, when she wasn't out harassing the local vicar. Then there was Bodger, an abused terrier cross breed, who was nursed back to health by Brian and his wife, and Peppone, a stray cat and notorious thief, who was responsible for a crime epidemic in the Bagshot area. Most of all there was Misty, a soul mate and the first Jack Russell Brian met who didn't take an instant dislike to him. Over the years Brian has encountered more exotic animals too, from Kali the black panther who had free run of his kitchen and the gentle boa constrictor Bo Bo who went for walks with him in Richmond Park to the female gorillas who found him incredibly attractive. Written with all of Brian's ebullience, The Panther in My Kitchen is a laugh-out-loud, life-affirming book about the joy animals bring and why we should care for them.

Absolute Pandemonium My Louder Than Life Story

Absolute Pandemonium My Louder Than Life Story

Author: Brian Blessed Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2016

There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the pages at you. Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. You'll see Brian falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering wires strapped round his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causing an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and winning round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Along the way he takes secret revenge on headmistress Mrs Jarman and her very big bottom, punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O'Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals. Crammed with anecdotes from his illustrious career, this is a funny, warm-hearted, life-affirming, LOUD and unique memoir from a much-loved figure.

Absolute Pandemonium My Louder Than Life Story

Absolute Pandemonium My Louder Than Life Story

Author: Brian Blessed Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/10/2015

There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the pages at you. Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. You'll see Brian falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering wires strapped round his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causing an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and winning round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Along the way he takes secret revenge on headmistress Mrs Jarman and her very big bottom, punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O'Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals. Crammed with anecdotes from his illustrious career, this is a funny, warm-hearted, life-affirming, LOUD and unique memoir from a much-loved figure.

Absolute Pandemonium The Autobiography

Absolute Pandemonium The Autobiography

Author: Brian Blessed Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Stuffed with riotous and hilarious tales . . . Daily Express A hoot Scotsman Brian Blessed is a national treasure - an actor whose stellar career spans over fifty years with over 200 TV and film appearances and dozens of iconic roles including Porthos in The Three Musketeers, Long John Silver in Return To Treasure Island, Richard IV in Blackadder, Vultan in Flash Gordon and Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. He was also in Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare adaptations of Henry V, As You Like It and Hamlet. He's also an explorer and mountaineer - the oldest man to have trekked to the magnetic North Pole and to have climbed to 28,000 feet with oxygen - and a boxer who has sparred with Joe Louis and Mohammad Ali. Now this gifted raconteur is sharing his extraordinary story of a life lived to the full. Funny, outspoken, at times touching, Absolute Pandemonium is the entertaining story of one of Britain's best-loved actors.

Dynamite Kid

Dynamite Kid

Author: Brian Blessed Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/1992

The son of a Yorkshire miner with strong left-wing sympathies, Brian Blessed was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe. As well as roaming the railway tracks and the countryside as leader of a gang of small boys, he met Picasso, Paul Robeson and George VI, and disappeared from home to cycle 11 miles to see the famous boxer, Bruce Woodcock. The idyll evaporated when Blessed was forced to leave school long before his friends, as his family could not afford to keep him there. Unhappy and solitary, he worked for an undertaker and then as a plasterer, and joined the Theatre Guild at Mexborough Schofield Technical School. After suffering a nervous breakdown at 18 and recovering with the help of his speech teacher, he began his career as an actor. This is his first volume of autobiography, providing an evocation of wartime childhood in rural England.

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