About Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed is a well-loved South Yorkshire stage and screen actor who hails from Rotherham and was born at Montagu hospital in Mexborough is the newest patron of PHASE Worldwide. Brian lived in and around the Rotherham area during his childhood, in the same area PHASE was established and has its main office. After attending Bolton-Upon-Dearne Secondary Modern School, Brian had a series of jobs ranging from a plasterer’s assistant to an undertaker. He later trained as an actor at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol – the home of PHASE’s second office and director Sarah Galvin.
Brian has had a long and successful acting career on both stage and screen. His credits include the first series of Blackadder (1983), Flash Gordon (1980) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), as well as many productions of Cats, Shakespeare plays, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. Brian is well-known for his distinctive voice and mischievous sense of humour. He has done voice-overs for Asterix and the Big Fight (1989), Tarzan (1999), Family Guy (2008) and Peppa Pig (2006-2011).
Brian has travelled to the Himalayas on several occasions, witnessing first hand the difficulties faced by the remote Nepali communities with whom PHASE has been working over last 10 years. Brian has climbed Everest three times, never managing to reach the summit but achieving 28,200 feet in 1993 and 25,200 feet in 1996. He is the oldest man to trek to the North Magnetic Pole on foot and has done climbing other peaks and undertaken other expeditions across the globe. It is an honour to have Brian join the PHASE family as a Patron.
“Proudest achievement to date – reaching 28,000ft on Everest without oxygen. I’m going back next year for the summit – at 65 years of age. There is nothing you cannot achieve in this life if you put your mind to it. I cannot stand people who make a pact with old age. I keep saying the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.” Brian Blessed, 2001
An Evening with Brian Blessed, Rotherham, 2018
In January 2018, Brian put on a very special performance at the Rotherham Civic Theatre in support of PHASE Worldwide. Brian thoroughly enjoyed meeting all our supporters and was his wonderful, loud, charming-self on stage as he regaled the audience with fascinating and hilarious life stories. We manged to raise a fantastic £17,000 from the evening that will go toward projects in Nepal. We also have a lovely short film from the pre-theatre event for anyone who missed out.