Julian Glover

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Julian Glover
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Julian Glover in 2014.
Born Julian Wyatt Glover
(1935-03-27) 27 March 1935 (age 79)
Hampstead, London, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950s–present
Spouse(s) Eileen Atkins (1957–1966)
Isla Blair (1968–present)
Children Jamie Glover (born 1969)

Julian Wyatt Glover CBE (born 27 March 1935) is an English actor whose film roles have included a wide range of characters, including General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond villain Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol, among dozens of others. More recently, in January 2013, he has appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama, Spies of Warsaw and he has played the recurring role of Grand Maester Pycelle on HBO's Game of Thrones since 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Glover was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Honor Ellen Morgan (née Wyatt), a BBC journalist and a close friend of novelist Barbara Pym, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer.[1][2] His younger half-brother is the musician Robert Wyatt. Glover has been twice married to actresses: Eileen Atkins and Isla Blair, with whom he has a son, actor Jamie Glover.[3]


Glover attended Bristol Grammar School – where he was in the same class as actors Timothy West and Darth Vader actor David Prowse – and also Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London. He then trained at the National Youth Theatre and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the early 1950s, he appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London before regularly appearing in British television series during the 1960s and 1970s such as The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report, Dr. Who and Blake's 7.

In 1967, Glover featured as Professor Quatermass' nemesis Colonel Breen in the Hammer Films production of Quatermass and the Pit, an adaptation of Nigel Kneale's BBC TV original from 1958-59. He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in the 1965 serial The Crusade; and, in 1979, as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials,[citation needed] City of Death. Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for the The Crusade episode "The Wheel of Fortune" (from the Lost in Time DVD set) and for City of Death.

In the 1980s, Glover made some of his most notable appearances, such as the Imperial General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the ruthless Greek villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) and the deceptive American Nazi Walter Donavan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). On television, he played the leading role of Sir Martin Lacey in the BBC English Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided,[citation needed] and played the guest role of surgeon Arnold Richardson in a 1989 episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (he made a second guest appearance as a different character in 2011, and also appeared as a different character again in the sister series Holby City in 2014). (2014) Glover has played a leading role in the British film Brash Young Turks.

In the 2002 film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Glover voiced the giant spider Aragog.

Glover has been associated with the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf since the 1980s, delivering various forms of staged interpretation. Taking the role of an Anglo-Saxon gleeman or traveller poet, he delivers an abridged version of the tale while stood around a mead hall hearth. This Old English text, set in the dark Nordic–Germanic world of the Geats, examines Anglo-Saxon concepts of honour and comitatus. The performance is interspersed with Glover rendering selected passages in the original Old English. This adaptation has been shown in documentaries on both the English language and Anglo-Saxon England. It was shown in Michael Wood's documentary Beowulf, broadcast during the BBC Poetry Season on BBC Four and BBC Two in 2009.

Glover recently[when?] played the role of Mr. Brownlow in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.[citation needed] In the short film Battle for Britain (2010), Glover played a 101-year-old Polish veteran Royal Air Force pilot.[4]

Since 2011, Glover has portrayed the character of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones, the television adaptation of the first three volumes of George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Glover is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw in 2013.[5] Glover played Joe Goodridge, a patient in the BBC Series "Holby City" on 6 May 2014. The episode was called "My name is Joe". He also played the same character in Holby City on 13 May 2014. The episode was called "No Apologies" which carried on from the previous episode.


He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1993 (1992 season) for Best Supporting Actor for Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013 Glover was appointed a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to drama.[6]



  1. ^ Julian Glover Biography (1935–)
  2. ^ "Theatre and film". The Times. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ John, Emma (12 October 2014). "Actors Julian Glover and Isla Blair on their 48-year relationship". The Observer. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Battle for Britain – Film
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01psbj3
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 8. 15 June 2013.

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