Big beard and booming voice would probably best sum up Brian Blessed, who will fill Ely Cathedral with his commanding presence on 22 October.
Brian Blessed has led an extraordinary life. Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, he left school at 15, trained as an undertaker, then joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school with the likes of Patrick Stewart, leading to roles in a cacophony of cult films and TV series.
He recently made headlines when he told incredulous Radio 4 presenters how he helped deliver a baby under a tree in Richmond Park.
He has also made three attempts to climb Everest, survived a plane crash, and claims to have boxed against the Dalai Lama. Now, at age 78, he is showing no signs of slowing down.
The actor will be regaling stories from his autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, at the Cathedral this month – with great gusto, no doubt. Tickets £10; doors open 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.
Bazza tells of his spontaneous midwifery efforts: