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Brian Blessed

The son of a coal miner,  Brian started drama training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where his contemporaries included Patrick Stewart. He has gone on to become one of Britain's most well-loved actors and celebrities, undertaking roles in cult classics such as The Avengers, Z Cars, Flash Gordon, The Black Adder, as well as many Shakespearean roles on both screen and stage. 

If that didn't keep him busy enough, Blessed has also attempted to climb Mount Everest three times. He is also the oldest man to trek to the North Magnetic Pole on foot, and has undertaken an expedition into the jungles of Venezuela, during which he survived a plane crash.