King Lear is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name . The film stars Brian Blessed in the title role .
Brian Blessed is an English actor, known for his sonorous voice and "hearty, king-sized portrayals". The son of William Blessed, a socialist miner, and Hilda Wall, Blessed was born at the Montague Hospital in the town of Mexborough, England. He attended Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School,... but after his father suffered an industrial accident, he was forced to leave school early at 14 and spent several years working at a variety of jobs, ranging from undertaker to plasterer's assistant. At the age of eighteen, he suffered a nervous breakdown, from which he gradually recovered with the help of friends and family. He completed his National Service as a parachutist in the Royal Air Force. He began his acting training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, alongside Patrick Stewart. He has written about his early life in his autobiography, Dynamite Kid . An early role was that of PC 'Fancy' Smith in the BBC police drama Z-Cars from 1962 to 1965. In 1966, Blessed appeared in "Incident at Vichy" at the Phoenix Theatre in London.more
Tony Rotherham is an English historian, living history re-enactor, actor, teacher, fight choreographer, stuntman, weapon expert, Robin Hood expert and Nottingham's official Robin Hood. He has been doing this kind of work since leaving university with an Ma Ba PhD in History, Drama and Art.... Rotherham trained at the Andrew Van Der Hauser Academy of Sword in Holland and learned a very high degree of combat. He worked in film and television as a fight choreographer and actor for many years. Rotherham has been studying the history of Robin Hood ever since he was 18 years old, including the history behind the ballads, and has been giving lectures on the subject for over 20 years. He is also the founder of several successful and award-winning historical recreation societies; Spirit of England, The Company of the White Boar, Sea Thieves Pirate Association and Stand and Deliver The English Highwayman's Association. Rotherham played King James in the documentary 'The Battle of Flodden', and Sam Gregory in the Channel 5 documentary 'The Real Dick Turpin'.more