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-->-- ''Series/DeadRingers''

''Click [[SelfDemonstrating/BrianBlessed here]]. Receive [[LargeHam the largest of hams.]]''

We all have that one friend that we know who '''''HAS NO INDOOR VOICE!''''' You know - the one who is '''''REALLY LOUD AND NOISY'''''. Now, meet their King... '''''BRIAN BLESSED!'''''.

Perhaps best known in America as Prince Vultan of the Hawkmen in the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie ("GORDON'S ALIVE?!" "DIIIIIIIIIVVEEEEE!!"), he is widely regarded as one of the [[LargeHam Largest Hams]] in existence. However, he is by nature a stage actor, and his hamming is by design. As he has proven on (very) occasional films, he is actually capable of delivering a subtle and understated performance; he just usually doesn't bother (and is fully aware that people usually hire him to be larger-than-life).

He keeps in shape by climbing up large mountains. About the only thing on Earth larger than '''BRIAN BLESSED''' is Mount Everest, which he has attempted to scale three times without ''quite'' reaching the summit each time, no doubt due to his hamminess causing an avalanche to send him tumbling down. He had to rescue a companion who broke his leg on one occasion, halting a mere (mountain climbing terms) few hundred feet from the summit, according to that nice Mr. Creator/StephenFry, off of the telly.

When not actively being a LargeHam (or sometimes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5L8YjsiSk at the same time]], actually), BLESSED is also an archetypal BoisterousBruiser.

Along with [[Series/TheAvengers Diana Rigg]] and [[Series/TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]], he's from Doncaster. The fact that Doncaster is now also home to an extensive school and college for the deaf may not be coincidental.

Old friend of Creator/PatrickStewart who he describes having known from age 9 and studying Creator/WilliamShakespeare in his home. Mentions his father being adamant that his son wouldn't follow him down the mines.

In his personal life, BLESSED is almost but not quite the exact opposite of his stage persona. BLESSED is a mild-mannered and soft-spoken man, who is a vegetarian, practices meditation and spends a lot of time caring for abused animals. He is well aware of his boisterous reputation and enjoys poking fun at it on TV chat shows and in public appearances.

!!Tropes related to '''BRIAN BLESSED''':
* ActorAllusion: BLESSED's character in ''[[Series/IClaudius I, Clavdivs]]'' -- and, seemingly, his delivery -- were referenced in a cameo in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', in which (despite appearing in only ''three frames'' of film) BLESSED's characteristic roar can be heard to demand 'KILL HIM!' clearly above the din of the crowd. Oddly, he also seems to be the one shouting "Maximus The Merciful!" in an approving tone when said request is not met...
** One advert for an orange juice had him do the voiceover at the end. The theme tune? Music/{{Queen}}'s ''[[Film/FlashGordon Flash]]''.
* BadassBeard
* BadassGrandpa: He is also the oldest man to have reached the North Pole on foot and until recently held the record for the highest Everest ascent without oxygen. He also once punched a polar bear in the face and wrestled a gorilla into submission.
** Additionally he did his national service in the elite British Parachute regiment and at the age of 79 has been training to be an astronaut.
* BadassTeacher: He was in the running to be elected Chancellor of Cambridge University. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z43Nzk_whnM Despite a compelling speech,]] Lord Sainsbury won instead. ''Bollocks.''
* BigFun: Even when playing Santa to introduce the Music Channel's 'Magic's Christmas Top 50' he manages to be a wonderful ho-ho-ham.
* ChivalrousPervert: BRIAN BLESSED is a sexual yeti. That bit where Vultan plays grab-ass with Dale [[ThrowItIn wasn't in the script]].
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: Outside of acting he has made several attempts to climb Mount Everest, although it's hard to see why - all he really needs to do is [[ObligatoryJoke stand next to it]] (or perhaps [[DeathGlare glare ferociously]] until it crumbles in submission).
* DeadpanSnarker: Strange when held up to his [[BoisterousBruiser usual]] [[LargeHam roles,]] but he's possessed of an incredibly sharp and almost subdued wit.
-->'''BLESSED:''' (after alluding to his role as [[Franchise/StarWars Boss Nass]]) [[http://youtu.be/spS71LKcA3Y?t=5m32s No end to my talents.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - on his trek to the North Pole he punched a polar bear in the face!
* FriendToAllLivingThings: As a vegetarian animal lover who described his late dog as a soul mate and has campaigned against the UK badger cull, BrianBlessed is certainly this.
* GentleGiant: BLESSED may be calmer than apparent. During the filming of ''Prisoner of Honor'' he reportedly managed to keep OliverReed sober by sheer force of being big and intimidating.
** In real life his favorite food is cows, which he eats whole and in one gulp. (Seriously, though, he's a vegetarian and regular meditator.)
* GentlemanAdventurer: BrianBlessed is as famous as a mountaineer, polar explorer and potential astronaut as he is an actor.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: with KatherineHepburn (29 years older) after Trojan Women and with Kenneth Branagh (21 years younger) throught the late 1980's and 1990's.
* '''''{{LARGE HAM}}''''': There's a ''reason'' his name is in bold, all caps letters throughout this site. This is not unique to this website; some forums such as Gallifrey Base (dedicated to ''Series/DoctorWho'', on which he once guest-starred) are actually programmed to automatically render his name in all caps whenever it's typed in.
** If there was a way to make the name fill the entire screen, we would, rather aptly, use it.
** In the audiobook of his autobiography, "Absolute Pandemonium", read by Brian Blessed of course, he recounts the time he auditioned for Orson Welles. Blessed ends up doing an impression of Welles trying to subdue Blessed himself through sheer volume and presence (''"HOT... HHHOOOTTT... HHHHHHOOOOOTTTTTSPURRRRRRRRRR!!!!"''). We have reached ham critical mass. It's the ham singularity. We have found the maximum possible amount of ham.
* MegatonPunch: [[http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-10-09/the-day-brian-blessed-punched-and-knocked-out-peter-capaldi Revealed in October 2014]] that he accidentally knocked out Creator/PeterCapaldi while filming costume drama [[Literature/TheHistoryOfTomJonesAFOundling The History Of Tom Jones]] in 1997.
* TheMerch: You need a '''BRIAN BLESSED''' [[http://youtu.be/P0XCsdz5Ofs alarm clock]]. [[NoExportForYou Only available in the UK, sadly]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It is said by some that the character of Destruction (a sentient personification of difficult changes who has quit his job to become an artist) from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' is based on him. Since author Creator/NeilGaiman is [[WordOfGod one of the ones who says this]], it is perhaps true but no less unlikely. Gaiman is dead set on having Blessed play the role of Destruction in a movie adaptation.
* NoIndoorVoice%%: He's so loud, even his ''[[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1037781&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=140630625957216&aid=-1&id=768224630&oid=140630625957216 handwriting]]'' is shouting!
** In a massive case of irony, there is a '''BRIAN BLESSED Centre for Quiet Study''' at York University.
* OddFriendship: Surprisingly, KeanuReeves claimed in an interview on British radio that during filming of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', Blessed befriended him and taught him how to meditate. Moviegoers may attribute Reeves' [[DullSurprise performance]] to that fact -- though one wonders why in the hell '''BRIAN BLESSED''' wasn't the one taking lessons from Keanu on the subject.
** Another according to ''Series/{{QI}}'': his love of boxing in his youth put him him on good terms with the Dalai Lama (who liked to box in his youth, also): [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny he sparred with the Dalai Lama!]]
*** When filming Trojan Women, he had a purely platonic relationship with the much older KatherineHepburn.
* PromotedFanboy: When he was a child, he, his brother and their friends played a game based on the ''Flash Gordon"-TV series. Brian would always insist on the part of Vultan. Some decades later, he was offered to play Vultan in the 1980 film adaptation.
* ScalingTheSummit: Frequently, though the summit of Everest continues to elude him.
* SirSwearsALot: Has one heck of a potty mouth, if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBhPDxszukU this video is anything to go by...]]
* SkunkStripe: His beard looks like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepé Le Pew's]] tail.
* SuddenlyShouting: Never has there been a better example than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP11L9jRW94 BRIAN BLESSED doing commentary for snooker.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: with the late Creator/PeterOToole. Their relationship veered from fighting each other to bonding with each other over Shakespeare to fighting again to BrianBlessed playing Banquo to O'Toole's Macbeth.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was cast as Odin in Film/{{Thor}}, a part Blessed was born to play, but then AnthonyHopkins got the part instead.
** He was approached for the role of the [[Series/DoctorWho Second Doctor]], but turned it down as he was too busy at the time.

!!Selected works:
* After a campaign by fans, tomtom have worked with Brian to record a [[http://www.tomtom.com/brianblessed voice track]] for their satnav appliances. The campaign's own demo video starring Brian himself can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JpKuYbJQK4 here]] on Website/{{Youtube}}. His excited thanks to the 25,000+ people who signed up for the campaign can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOicbYFq4C0 here]]. In response to their success, Brian suggested in an interview that somebody should make a [[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146719395347443&ref=ts#!/group.php?gid=146719395347443&v=wall&ref=ts campaign to send BRIAN BLESSED to the moon]]. [[note]]He has actually completed the 300 hours training to be able to be an astronaut if anyone wants to be locked in a small metal box with him.[[/note]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASB_Bank ASB Bank's]] ad campaign, [[http://blog.asb.co.nz/dear-asb-who-is-brian-blessed/ Succeed On,]] in which Brian encourages New Zealanders to CELEBRATE THEIR SUCCESS!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EllYgcWmcAY KEEP THE BADGERS ALIIIIIIIVE!]]
* A long-runing campaign for insurers National Accident Helpline, stars Joe Pasquale as the hero Underdog[[note]] Underdog looks suspiciously like WesternAnimation/RexTheRunt[[/note]], and Brian as the voice of oppression. The commercials emphasise the contrast between Pasquale's squeaky voice and Brian's roar.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOGqnuSjXPw Hellmann's mayonnaise]], where he is seen [[NoIndoorVoice asking a taxi driver]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome "MAN ALIVE! WHAT'S WRONG WITH BIIIIIIG TOMATOES!!!!!]]

* Blessed plays British adventure author G. A. Henty in Heirloom audio's adaptions of several of Henty's stories, including "Under Drake's Flag" and "With Lee in Virginia". He's a very bombastic narrator indeed! Brian Blessed's beard is a good match for Henty's too. Not that it matters much in an audio story...

* Was far less hammy as the ghost in fellow large ham Creator/KennethBranagh's ''[[StealthPun Ham]][[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} let]]'' (he even managed to ''whisper'' loudly) and Signore Antonio in Branagh's ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
* Also, the Duke of Exeter in Branagh's ''Theatre/HenryV''. ("What treasure, Uncle?" "Tennis balls, my liege!")
* His voice performance of Boss Nass (the Gungan king) in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace'' was quite over the top and possibly the most fun performance in the entire movie.
-->"YOUSA NO TINKEN YOUSA GREATER THAN THE ''GUNGANS?'' Meesa liiike dis. Maybe wesa...bein' friends! *SHAKES JOWLS LOUDLY*"

[[AC:Live-action TV]]
* In 1977, he appeared as the villainous hunter Brod in the third season ''Series/{{Survivors}}'' episode "Law of the Jungle". He put in a performance that for anyone else would be over the top. For him, it qualifies as ''subtle''. "You're not a tax inspector, are you, Charlie?!"
* He served up not one, but '''two''' large portions in ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''; the first as Dr. Cabot Rowland in first season episode "Death's Other Dominion", the second as Maya's father Mentor in second season opener "The Metamorph".
* His crowning moment of hamminess is the ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Cygnus Alpha" in which just about every line he speaks could be replaced with "Did somebody order a [[LargeHam LARGE HAM]]?".
* Was also in the first season of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' as King Richard IV ("Chiswick! Fresh horses!").
* Played his best and most favourite role as the sympathetic, tragically naive (yet still occasionally [[LargeHam bombastic]]) emperor Augustus in the acclaimed British mini-series ''[[Series/IClaudius I, Clavdivs]]''. ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhsY5XEqTWY IS THERE ANYONE IN ROME WHO HAS NOT SLEPT WITH MY DAUGHTER?!!!]]")
* Played a significant part in the development of the British cop show:
** CowboyCop "Fancy" Smith in ''Series/ZCars''.
** The villain in the first episode of ''Series/TheSweeney''. PlayingAgainstType a bit, insofar as his "type" was really established at that point, as he only shouts ''once'' in the whole episode.
** A CorruptCop in an episode of ''Series/{{Minder}}''.
* He taught Series/MacGyver archaeology as part of Mac's ExpansionPackPast as seen in the ''[=MacGyver=]: Lost Treasure of Atlantis'' telemovie.
* Known to British viewers as Spiro in the 1987 version of the TV series ''Literature/MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals''.
* He has also been sighted presenting ''Series/UnbeatableBanzuke'', enthusiastically, in the guise of "Banzuke Brian" attired in what appears to be red plastic faux-samurai armour several sizes too small, on the [=UK's=] Challenge telly channel.
* Appeared as host in ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' in season 35, in a bizarre performance which was possibly [[TimeCrash so good it broke time]]. We'll just have to wait and see.
** Made a second appearance as host in season 45, which (coincidentally) happened to be set right after MargaretThatcher's death. Although noticeably subdued compared to his first appearance, the episode contained several gems such as challenging Gerry Adams to a fistfight on national television.
* Also with Paul Merton he appeared on ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' demonstrating that his loudness was a choice in response to newsreader and presenter Kirsty Young wanting to put unnecessarily loud people in Room 101. Blessed took the role of a whispering snooker commentator [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP11L9jRW94 for about 26 seconds]].
* He was on a Christmas episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', in which he pulled Sean Lock off of his chair TWICE (by accident).
* Recently appeared in ''Series/TheWrongDoor'' as Captain Goitier the train pirate.
* In season 23 of ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp he's King Yrcanos]].
* Turned up as the Mystery Guest in a 2013 episode of ''Series/RussellHowardsGoodNews''.
* He was the guest narrator for episode 4 of [[Series/WasItSomethingISaid Was It Something I Said?]] making [[Series/TheItCrowd Richard Ayoade]] ask why anyone else needed to talk that episode.
* He looked into his ancestors on ''Series/WhoDoYouThinkYouAre''. Yes, he cried.
* In an epsode of the British 1970s anthology show ''Thriller'' he gives a surprisingly quiet performance as a rural police chief helping a young woman investigate a cold murder case. [[spoiler:Turns out he is the murderer, though]].
* He had a brief role in a episode of ''Series/ToastOfLondon'' as the dying father of the lead character Steven Toast (played by fellow [[LargeHam ham]] Creator/MattBerry)

* On the 2014 remaster of ''Music/{{Manowar}}'''s album "Kings of Metal", he appears as the narrator in the opening of "The Warrior's Prayer".
* Also in 2014 he recorded a version of "Sonic Attack" for Music/{{Hawkwind}}'s stage shows.

* He was the first to play old Deuteronomy in ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''. He was the one who came out after the show finished to tell the audience that there was a bomb alert.

* He had a live-action role in the otherwise-execrable ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' spinoff ''Privateer 2: The Darkening''. [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment A certain notorious web critic]] gave it a good skewering (though he regarded the non-playable FMV bits to be fairly sound).
* Additionally, he narrated ''VideoGame/VikingBattleForAsgard'' in which his narration stole the show and catapulted said game into the halls of awesome!
* He collaborated with Studio Fatshark for a DownloadableContent package for the game ''VideoGame/WarOfTheRoses'', allowing players to give his voice to their avatars in the game.
* He reprised as role as ''Tarzan'''s Clayton (see Western Animation) in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.

[[AC:Web Original]]
* In late 2009, Blessed played a time-displaced Henry VIII in the short internet series [[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6fa9fa57e38f0ae6&search_query=henry+8.0 Henry 8.0]].
* He lent his distinctive voice to the WeeblAndBob documentary on their first-year DVD.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* He's also appeared in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' as Clayton, and went on to reprise the role in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''. His performance was still quite [[LargeHam hamlike]]. He also provided the "Tarzan yell" for the film.
* He's the Pirate King in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists''. The film has numerous ham jokes and the levels of loudness on the Pirate of the Year form include '''BRIAN BLESSED''' as the loudest possible level.
* He voiced Santa in the Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. He's notably the first major guest-star voice on that series. Also notable in that Santa is rather closer to Brian Blessed in real life, being a polite (but [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]]) gentleman even when he loses his memory and thinks he's a hobo.
** He also voices a polar bear version of Santa in ''[[WesternAnimation/DangerMouse Danger Mouse (2015)]]''.
* He voiced Sir Morris (one of the two protagonists) in ''WesternAnimation/TheBigKnights''.
* General Ciaos in ''Asterix and the Big Fight'', a large, bad tempered shouty man who sings opera in the bathtub, is voiced in the British English dub by....