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 80)
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. More recently, he has played the recurring role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones since 2011 and, in January 2013, appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama Spies of Warsaw.

Personal life[edit]

Glover was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Honor Ellen Morgan, née Wyatt – a BBC journalist and 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]

Career[edit]

Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as actor Timothy West and Darth Vader actor David Prowse. He also attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London and then trained at the National Youth Theatre, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the early 1950s, he appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London before becoming a regular in 1960s and 1970s British television series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report, Doctor 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 1958–59 BBC TV original. 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" (Lost in Time 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). He has also played a leading role in the British film Brash Young Turks.[citation needed]

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 and has delivered staged interpretations in various forms. [In one of these, he?] takes the role of an Anglo-Saxon gleeman or traveller poet, delivering an abridged version of the tale while stood around a mead hall hearth and rendering selected passages in the poem's original Old English. This adaptation has been shown in documentaries on both the English language and Anglo-Saxon England and was also used for historian Michael Wood's documentary on the poem broadcast during the BBC Poetry Season 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.

In 2013, Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw.[5] In May 2014, he played the character Joe Goodridge in two episodes of the BBC TV medical drama series Holby City ("My Name is Joe" and "No Apologies"). In the same year, he potrayed a old man in Nazism horror thriller Backtrack.[6]

Glover is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Awards[edit]

In 1993, Glover was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance [as?] in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1992 production of Henry V.

In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours, Glover was appointed a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire "for services to drama".[7]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Backtrack
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 8. 15 June 2013.

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