The very definition of larger than life. With his booming voice, "
"huge frame and electric personality, Brian has been entertaining "
"us for nearly 60 years. He burst onto the scene in TV's Z-Cars "
"and has enjoyed a career that has included a stint in the original "
"production of Cats, works by Shakespeare, Peppa Pig - and, of "
"course, Flash Gordon. From growing up as the son of a miner in "
"Goldthorpe to nearly causing an international incident when "
"meeting the Emperor of Japan, via falling for Katherine Hephurn "
"and winning round George Lucas for a part in Star Wars, Brian will "
"look back on an action-packed life in his inimitable, boisterous "
"style. Oh, and he also sparred with Mohmammed Ali, attempted "
"to climb Everest three times and became the oldest man to trek "
"to the magnetic North Pole. A real national treasure comes to "
"the Kenton stage to talk about his aptly named memoir, Absolute "
"Pandemonium. Henley's Alive! "
"This event will be hosted by The Bell Bookshop.
21 New Street Henley-on-Thames
04/10/2015 1:00 PM
04/10/2015 2:00 PM
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Brian Blessed grew up in Goldthorpe, Yorkshire, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His television appearances include ZCars, 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 is the author of Absolute Pandemonium and lives in Surrey with his wife, Hildegard Neil.