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Interview with Brian Blessed – Published in The South China Morning Post – Etan Smallman

Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon

Thespian Brian Blessed, who served as master of ceremonies at the handover 20 years ago, recalls sparring with the Dalai Lama, punching Harold Pinter down the stairs, hospitalising Dr Who’s Peter Capaldi and throwing Peter O’Toole ‘all over the house’. That’s when he wasn’t busy climbing Everest, getting ‘rubbed up’ by Katharine Hepburn or having his bottom felt by the emperor of Japan.

Source: Interview with Brian Blessed – Published in The South China Morning Post – Etan Smallman


9 comments on “Interview with Brian Blessed – Published in The South China Morning Post – Etan Smallman

  1. Lucy Brazier

    I LOVE Brian Blessed!!

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    • First Night Design

      He’s a one-off! When I was a child, we used to live around the corner from him in Richmond. If you stood in exactly the right position in my bedroom at the back, you could pretend that the family’s huge garden was ours! Ours was a typical pocket handkerchief Victorian one.

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  2. wavingatwales

    When I was a child and he was in Z cars we looked up his name in the phone book and there he was in Richmond, (we were in Malden) so my daring friend rang him up but put the phone down when he answered it!

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  3. beetleypete

    I have a fondness for the man, who is undoubtedly a British institution. However, I really wish he would lower his volume at times. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x


    • First Night Design

      Well, yes, but half the time directors and producers and casting directors employ him for that very reason. He has a better sound level in documentaries. Did you see him in Who Do You Think You Are? I was rather touched by his emotions.

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