Larger than life Brian makes Bridport debut

IT is usually a cliche, but “larger than life” really does describe actor, writer and presenter Brian Blessed, who makes his debut in Bridport, at the town’s beautiful Art Deco venue, the Electric Palace, on Wednesday 18th May.

Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, he is also an avid explorer and climber and the show, An Evening with Brian Blessed, will combine anecdotes from his acting career with tales of adventuring.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, there is no shortage of material. On screen, he has appeared in everything from Doctor Who to Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare films. On stage his credits range from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

And his trademark booming voice has also featured on everything from Peppa Pig character Grampy Rabbit to a voice download on TomTom’s sat nav system.

He is an avid climber and will be talking about his Everest climb without oxygen; his expedition to the jungles of Venezuela during which he survived a plane crash; his trek to the North Pole (he is the oldest man to go to the Pole on foot) and his many hours of space training in Russia.