When people think of Brian Blessed, they think of a loud, booming voice and the words “Gordon’s Alive!” come to mind. However, not all of Brian’s exploits are as well-known. Here we give you an insight into the adventures that made Brian the man he is today.

We might be slightly biased but Brian is possibly the best person ever. As if appearing on the silver screen as Prince Vultan, leader of the Hawkmen (Flash Gordon), and Boss Nass, leader of the Gungans (Stars Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace) wasn’t enough, Brian also has an epic beard to be feared and has lived a life of exceptional adventure.

Here are 20 reasons you should be More Brian.

  1. Brian is the oldest man to travel to the North Pole and the Magnetic North Pole.
  2. Being an animal lover, Brian refused to take a gun to defend himself on trips in the wilderness. One night in the North Pole, a polar bear approached his camp and tore into his tent. While a lesser man would have panicked, Brian stood his ground, yelled and punched the bear in the face. It isn’t clear whether the shout or the punch had the greatest effect, but the bear fled and was never seen in the camp again.
  3. Brian accidently knocked out Peter Capaldi during a staged fight scene for a BBC drama in 1997. Peter was taken to hospital but made a full recovery and many years later became the 12th Dr Who. Brian was considered for the role of the second Dr Who in the 1960s, after William Hartnell, but in the end it was decided that he was too young.
  4. Brian does not tolerate bullies. He punched Harold Pinter down the stairs in the 1950s after the drunk playwright tried to punch him.When Brian appeared in the Ken Russell film Prisoner of Honour, the cast were worried about Oliver Reed’s drunken and violent reputation. On the first day of filming Brian told his co star that if he heard of him doing that on set he would kick his teeth down his throat, resulting in the late actor behaving uncharacteristically well for the entire shoot.
  5. As a child Brian met Pablo Picasso and asked him to draw him something. In about twenty seconds, Picasso doodled a dove of peace. Brian looked at it, handed it back and said “I’ll show you how to draw a dove! Brian drew his own version and gave it to Picasso. The Picasso dove now hangs in a gallery in Sheffield valued at 57 million pounds. Brian’s father was understandably upset.
  6. Brian is a 3rd Dan black belt in Judo,
  7. In 1963 Brian was jogging in Richmond Park and ran into a lady under a tree who was in the first stages of labour by herself. Brian delivered the baby singlehandedly, bit off the umbilical cord with this teeth and tied a knot in it before the ambulance arrived.
  8. Brian has rescued over 3000 animals, including cats, dogs, ponies, ducks, chickens, donkeys, robins and many others.
  9. Brian has an excellent singing voice and starred as Old Deuteronomy in the original cast of Cats in the West End. He also did an impressive impression of Luciano Pavarotti on Stars In Their Eyes.
  10. Brian can perform the Tarzan yell better than any animal or human.
  11. Brian was a paratrooper and completed his national service in the RAF in one of the most challenging roles.
  12. Brian attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with X Man and Star Trek captain Patrick Stewart.
  13. Brian is a master plasterer, which is just one of his many skills.
  14. Brian has climbed Everest three times and always without supplemental oxygen as it makes it more challenging. One of his Everest expeditions had to be cut short as he had to save the life of another climber. Another Everest expedition was interrupted by an avalanche. As the snow tumbled towards him Brian simply raised his arms, shook his fists and yelled ‘We came in peace!’ until it subsided.
  15. Brian has reached the summit of many difficult climbs including Mount Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He has been able to do so at a greater age than most climbers as he has lungs twice the size of a normal man.
  16. After the first episodes of Blackadder, in which he played King Richard IV, Brian was offered the part of Queen Elizabeth in the next series but unfortunately had prior commitments.
  17. Through his travels Brian has come to believe that there is a good chance that Yetis exist. Himalayan locals have explained to him that the beast they seek bears a strong resemblance to him.
  18. Brian wants to go into space and has undergone 800 hours of training in the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia.
  19. Brian led an expedition into unexplored areas of the Venezuelan jungle to reach the plateau of Mount Roraima and fulfil a boyhood dream inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. The plane he was travelling in was forced to crash land in a Venezuelan swamp and he and seven other passengers managed to swim to safety before it exploded.
  20. At the age of 76, Brian’s chest measured 53 inches and he could bench press 400 pounds.