Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed

Who is Brian Blessed? Well, in a nutshell, he's a national treasure. Born in 1936, Blessed is an English actor famous for playing a number of iconic characters during his long and successful career (including the legendary role of Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon - "GORDON'S ALIVE!", and Richard IV in the first series of Blackadder).

Blessed's beard is widely considered to be a gift from the ancient gods of Greece, and his booming voice has been known to cause seismic shifts in the earth's tectonic plates. But did you know that Brian Blessed is also really into outdoor and adventure? In fact, step aside Bear Grylls, we think he might just be the ultimate adventurer. Here's why...

1) He once delivered a baby under a tree, and bit off the umbilical cord with his teeth.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

2) He has attempted to climb Mount Everest three times (reaching heights of 8,600m in 1993, and 7,700m in 1996).

Brian Blessed Mount Everest

Brian Blessed Mount Everest

3) He's summited Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

4) He's summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Brian Blessed Mountains

Brian Blessed Mountains

5) He is the oldest man to trek to the North Magnetic Pole on foot.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

6) He has been on expeditions to the heart of the Venezuelan jungle.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

7) He survived a plane crash during the Venezuelan expedition.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

8) He's swam across the Amazon with Pemon Indians, and been nibbled on by piranhas.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

9) He once said: "I feel strongly that we are the children of stardust and we don’t just belong here – we have a yearning for the stars."

Brian Blessed Space The Cosmos Adventurer

10) He is the oldest man to get to 28,500ft without oxygen, and holds the world record for this.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

11) He has a log cabin in his garden.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

12) He runs an animal sanctuary with his wife. They claim to have over 1,000 animals in their care.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

13) He's gone through intensive training at the space centre in Moscow.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov

14) He knows Judo.

Brian Blessed Judo

Fight between two aikido fighters

15) He's involved with a number of wildlife and conservation projects.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Learning about gardening with Dad

16) He speaks Chinese and Japanese.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

17) He sleeps naked...like an animal.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

18) He's had a boxing match with the Dalai Lama.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

19) He was a paratrooper in the RAF.

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

Brian Blessed Ultimate Adventurer

20) Did we mention his beard?

Brian Blessed Beard

Brian Blessed Beard

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