Brian is a third-dan judo black-belt.
His directorial debut was for the film King Lear. A film in which he also starred.
Has published 5 books. The Turquoise Mountain: Brian Blessed on Everest (1991), Dynamite Kid (1992), Nothing's Impossible (1994), To the Top of the World (1995), Quest for the Lost World (1999)
Brian currently lives in Surrey, South England.
Brian has two honorary degrees from British Universities. One awarded in 2003 from the University of Bradford, the second awarded in 2004 by the Sheffield Hallam University.
Brian is current president of an organisation which honours achievers in the film and radio industries TRIC, The Television and Radio Industries Club.
He appeared as a football expert on British Television during the 2006 World Cup.
Sang as Luciano Pavarotti on the television series Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes.
Holds the record for being the oldest man to trek to the magnetic North Pole on foot.
Brian climbed Mount Blanc at the age of 17.
Brian supports the English soccer team Newcastle United.
During one of his failed attempts to reach the top of Mount Everest, Brian Blessed achieved the world record for reaching the highest point with no oxygen for a man of his age.
During his childhood, Brian and his friends would often play Flash Gordon, Brian often played the role of Leader of the Hawkmen, Vultan. Later in his life he would go on to play the same role in the 1981 film Flash Gordon.
While filming his death scene in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves he was almost killed.
His booming voice served him well in the theatrical world as well when he played the character of Old Deuteronomy in the original 1981 London cast of CATS.
He has successfully climbed Aconcagua in Argentina as well as Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
He has tried to climb Mount Everest three times but has been unsuccessful in all attempts.
Despite the fact that partly due to his size and booming voice, he often plays powerful, commanding and arrogant men, according to those who know him personally, he is quite shy.
He is married to Hildegarde Neil. They have a daughter, Rosalind.
He has been a close friend of Patrick Stewart since childhood.
Brian Blessed: My friend Patrick Stewart, who I grew up with in Yorkshire, keeps crying, 'You're going to die on that next mountain, Brian.' I have to tell him, no I'm not, don't worry. I'm going to get to 100.
Brian Blessed: (Talking about his second attempt at climbing Everest)I'm going back there next spring, my third attempt. I've got to 8,500m without oxygen, virtually to the top, but I helped save a man whose oxygen had packed up and was dying, by getting him down, otherwise I would have done it. But I'll get to the top this time, and I'll be the oldest man to have done it. It's my magnificent obsession-well, one of them!
Brian Blessed: I work to feed the animals, The wild ones too, of course, because they all know I'm a sucker! And when I go away on long expeditions it has brought us close to bankruptcy a few times. But I have to do my adventuring, This, however, is my Shangri-la! My little bit of wilderness! I love peace and nature.
Brian Blessed: Adventure makes me incredibly happy, whereas theater rarely, spasmodically, makes me happy, so I think my days in acting are numbered, The experiences of exploring have been huge and there are very few acting jobs that can match it. Seeing for hundreds of miles off these mountains opens cavities in your brain. And you yearn for them and yearn for them. Then you go into a theatre and you find the black hole of the auditorium claustrophobic. In the theatre world now I do get the feeling of being an impostor. It feels like I'm denying someone else a job. I feel I must stop soon and go and do my first love. I have got to that stage where I just desperately want to commit the rest of my life to adventures. At the end of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang next March I'll be going off for months and maybe that will be farewell to acting.
Brain Blessed: Oh yes, the acting world love all the exploration stuff,'It's just wonderful Brian, just wonderful!' It seems to inspire people. I get thousands of letters asking whether it's dangerous. But it's not adventure unless it's tinged with danger. The adventure is in coping with it and the great danger is not taking the adventure. Besides, look how dangerous the world is. Acting at its best is holding a mirror up to life, as Hamlet said. But climbing Mount Everest is life. Certainly the idea of being an armchair philosopher – do you believe in God etc. – doesn't apply on a mountain. Because when an avalanche comes at you at 200mph, then you call for God pretty quickly. In the death zone, above 28,000ft, it's called the lifting of the veil: you do start to see things in terms of life or death. But you don't go there to die. You go there to live. And certainly what is absolutely positive to me is that life is the last word and death is not. 'Death, thou shalt die', as John Donne said.
Brian Blessed: The only real sports in the world are mountaineering, motor racing and boxing, The rest are just games.
Brian Blessed: Why do I get those roles? I think because most actors can't play them. They don't have the energy levels. I find a lot of the legitimate theatre quite dull. I find myself getting very bored. Ballet, grand opera, great films, I need things that are larger than life, that take you out of yourself. But I think I'm at my best being quiet. I mean, I can't stand showbusiness.
Brian Blessed: I always say: 'The greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.'
Brian Blessed: (His view on Shakespeare) The blue planet has had its author. It would be greedy to want another.