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Michael Gambon

Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_Gambon


Michael Gambon

English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1940.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), United States (14%), Ireland (14%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Harold Pinter, Judi Dench, Samuel Beckett

Linked to: St Aloysius College, London, TalkTalk Group, The Sunday Times, Vickers-Armstrongs




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Michael Gambon was born in 1940 add something


Gambon made his professional stage début in the Gate Theatre Dublin's 1962 production of "Othello", playing "Second Gentleman", followed by a European tour add something


He made his film debut in the Laurence Olivier "Othello" in 1965 add something


In 1967, he left the NT for the Birmingham Repertory Company, which was to give him his first crack at the title roles in "Othello" , "Macbeth" and "Coriolanus" add something


He played romantic leads, notably in the early 1970s BBC television series, "The Borderers", in which he was swashbuckling Gavin Ker. As a result, Gambon was asked by James Bond producer Cubby Broccoli to audition for the role in 1970, to replace George Lazenby add something


His rise to stardom began in 1974 when Eric Thompson cast him as the melancholy vet in Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests" at Greenwich add something


His craggy looks soon made him into a character actor, although he won critical acclaim as Galileo in John Dexter's production of "The Life of Galileo" by Brecht at the National Theatre in 1980 add something


This was to serve him in good stead in John Dexter's masterly staging of "The Life of Galileo" in 1980, the first Brecht to become a popular success add something


Louis Marks - He has worked with distinguished actors including Anthony Hopkins, Claire Bloom, John Gielgud, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Gambon, Judi_Dench and Ben Kingsley on the adaptation of another George Eliot work "Silas Marner" in 1986


Natasha Richardson - She starred with Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Kenneth Branagh in a 1987 & BBC adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play "Ghosts"; with Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe in a 1993 BBC adaptation of "Suddenly, Last Summer" by Tennessee Williams; portrayed Zelda Fitzgerald in the 1993 television movie "Zelda"; and starred in "Haven" on CBS and "The Mastersons of Manhattan" on NBC.


A highly respected theatre actor, Gambon is recognised for his roles as Philip Marlow in the BBC television serial "The Singing Detective", as Jules Maigret in the 1990s ITV serial "Maigret", and as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the last six "Harry Potter" films add something


From the first Ralph Richardson dubbed him "The Great Gambon", an accolade which stuck, outshining his 1990 CBE, even the later knighthood, although Gambon dismisses it as a circus slogan add something


In 1992 he played a psychotic general in the Barry Levinson film "Toys" and he starred as Georges Simenon's detective Inspector Jules Maigret in an ITV adaptation of Simenon's series of books add something


Sandy Ratcliff - Ratcliff's further television appearances since "EastEnders" were in 1992's "Maigret" opposite Michael Gambon and in the BBC2 productions, "A Box Of Swan" and "Men Of The Month"


Douglas Hodge - Hodge has achieved great success on stage in plays by Harold Pinter, including "No Man's Land" at the Comedy Theatre in February 1993; "Moonlight" at the Almeida Theatre in September 1993; "A Kind of Alaska", "The Lover" and "The Collection" at the Donmar Warehouse in May 1998; as Jerry in "Betrayal" at the Royal National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, in November 1998; and as Aston in "The Caretaker" at the Comedy Theatre in November 2000, co-starring Michael Gambon and Rupert Graves , directed by Patrick Marber - for whi


David Hare's "Skylight", with Lia Williams, which opened to rave reviews at the National in 1995, transferred first to Wyndham's Theatre and on to Broadway for a four-month run which left him in a state of advanced exhaustion add something


Simon Russell Beale - Since 1995 he has been a regular at the National Theatre where his roles have included Mosca in Ben Jonson's "Volpone" opposite Michael Gambon, George in Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" and the lead in "Humble Boy" by Charlotte Jones written especially for him


Gambon was invested by Prince Charles as a Knight Bachelor on 17 July 1998 for "services to drama" add something


Rupert Graves - In September 2000, shortly after his relationship with Yvonne ended, he met Australian-born production coordinator Suzanne Lewis at the opening-night party for The Caretaker, a play he was appearing in at the time with Michael Gambon


In 2001 he played what he described as "a physically repulsive" Davies in Patrick Marber's revival of Pinter's "The Caretaker", but he found the rehearsal period an unhappy experience, and felt that he had let down the author add something


When the affair was revealed in 2002, he moved out of the marital home and bought a bachelor pad add something


Hart, who worked with Gambon on the film, "Sylvia" in 2003, in late 2006 moved into a £500,000 terraced home in Chiswick, west London add something


In 2003, he appeared with Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner, playing the principal villain in the Western film Open Range add something


In 2004, Gambon played the lead role in Samuel Beckett's post-apocalyptic play "Endgame" at the Albery Theatre, London add something


In 2004, he appeared in five films, including Wes Anderson's quirky comedy "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"; the British gangster flick "Layer Cake"; theatrical drama "Being Julia"; and CGI action fantasy "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" add something


In 2004, he began playing Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts's headmaster in the third installment of J. K. Rowling's franchise, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", taking over the role after the death of Richard Harris add something


Geoffrey Hutchings - In 2004, he played Nagg in Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" at the Albery Theatre alongside Sir Michael Gambon, Lee Evans and Liz Smith


In 2005 he finally achieved a lifelong ambition to play Falstaff, in Nicholas Hytner's National production of "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2", co-starring with Matthew Macfadyen as Prince Hal. add something


Eve Myles - She has played Bianca in "The Taming of The Shrew" and in 2005, appeared opposite Michael Gambon in "Henry IV, Part I" and "II" at the National Theatre


In 2006 he played Henry in Stephen Rea's play about Samuel Beckett's "Embers" for Radio 3 add something


Romola Garai - Also in 2006, she starred in the biographical drama movie "Amazing Grace", which was directed by Michael Apted and co-starring Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Michael Gambon


John Crowley (director) - He directed Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy in the West End production of "Love Song" in 2006-7, and in 2007 filmed a television version of Harold Pinter's "Celebration" starring Michael Gambon, Stephen_Rea and Colin Firth


Michael Colgan (director) - More recently, in 2006, he produced the film version of Harold Pinter's play "Celebration" for Channel 4 starring Michael Gambon and Colin Firth


He returned to the role again in the fifth film, 2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", and the sixth film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" add something


In 2007 he played major roles in Stephen Poliakoff's "Joe's Palace", and the five-part adaptation of Mrs Gaskell's "Cranford" novels, both for BBC TV. add something


In 2007 he was Sam in Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" for Radio 3 add something


In February 2007, it was revealed that Hart was pregnant with Gambon's child, and gave birth to son, Michael, in May 2007 add something


Julia McKenzie - In 2007 she co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench in the BBC1 costume drama series "Cranford", playing Mrs. Forrester, a military widow of slender means, very attached to her cow Bessie


Optical Express - In 2007, the Advertising Standards Authority rejected a complaint that the claim "from only £395 per eye" featured in an Optical Express TV and leaflet campaign was misleading, and in 2011, the authority upheld a complaint about television advert featuring Pádraig Harrington, which was later replaced by one featuring Michael Gambon


Francesca Annis - In autumn 2007 Annis co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench as Lady Ludlow in the BBC1 costume-drama series "Cranford"


Eileen Atkins - In the autumn of 2007, she co-starred with Judi Dench and Michael Gambon in the BBC1 drama series "Cranford" playing the central role of Miss Deborah Jenkyns


In 2008 Gambon appeared in the role of Hirst in "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin , opposite David Bradley as Spooner, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, which transferred to the London West End's Duke of York's Theatre, for which roles each received nominations for the 2009 Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor add something


After Pinter's death on 24 December 2008, Gambon read Hirst's monologue selected by the playwright for Gambon to read at his funeral, held on 31 December 2008, during the cast's memorial remarks from the stage as well as at the funeral and in "Words and Music", transmitted on the BBC Radio 3 on 22 February 2009 add something


David Bradley (actor) - In 2008 appeared in the role of Spooner in "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin , opposite Michael Gambon as Hirst, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, that later transferred to London 's West End.


David Walliams - On 26 August 2008 he made his stage debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin opposite Michael Gambon in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", in front of an audience that included Pinter himself


In late 2009 he had to withdraw from his role of W. H. Auden in "The Habit of Art" because of ill health add something


Transmitted on BBC Radio 3, 22 February 2009 add something


On 22 June 2009 she gave birth to her second child, a boy named William, who is Gambon's third child add something


That same year he played his role as Mr. Woodhouse in a television adaptation of Jane Austen's famously irrepressible "Emma", a four-hour miniseries that premiered on BBC One in October 2009, co-starring Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai add something


Fantastic Mr Fox - It was released in 2009 and features the voices of George Clooney as Mr Fox, Meryl Streep as Mrs Fox, Bill Murray as Badger, Hugo Guinness as Bunce, and Michael Gambon as Bean


Richard Griffiths - Later in 2009 he replaced Michael Gambon as W.H. Auden prior to the premiere of "The Habit of Art" at the National Theatre, once again directed by Hytner


The University of Law - Scenes for the 2009 BBC production of "Emma" by Jane Austen, starring Romola Garai and Michael Gambon, were filmed at St Mary the Virgin Church, Send near Guildford and at Loseley House


Romola Garai - In 2009, she played the title role in a television adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma", a four-hour miniseries that premiered on BBC One in October 2009, co-starring Jonny Lee Miller and Sir Michael Gambon


Gambon appeared alongside Katherine Jenkins in the 2010 Christmas Special of "Doctor Who", "A Christmas Carol" add something


Gambon received a 2010 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie nomination for his performance add something


He appeared in the seventh film; "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II", released in two parts in 2010 and 2011 add something


In April 2010, Gambon returned once again to the Gate Theatre Dublin to appear in Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape", which transferred to London's Duchess Theatre in October 2010 add something


Anthony Andrews - Andrews appeared as Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in the 2010 film "The King's Speech", for which he won a SAG *award along with Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Michael Gambon, Derek_Jacobi, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush and Timothy Spall


In 2012 he stars with Eileen Atkins in an adaptation of Beckett's radio play, "All That Fall" add something


He had previously worked with Hoffman in the HBO horse-racing drama "Luck", was canceled in March 2012 after three horses died on set add something


Fable Legends - "Fable Legends" began development in the summer of 2012 and was announced on 20 August 2013 with a cinematic trailer directed by Ben Hibon and narrated by Michael Gambon as the Villain


Fable Legends - "Fable Legends" began development in the summer of 2012 and was announced on 20 August 2013 with a cinematic trailer directed by Ben Hibon and narrated by Michael Gambon as the Villain


In 2013, Gambon provided the voice for The Prophet, a character in the MMORPG video game The Elder Scrolls Online add something


They were a huge hit in New York, in 2013, and sold out the whole run after 4 days add something


In 2014, he was cast in the role of Howard Mollison on the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling book "The Casual Vacancy" by author J. K. Rowling, who is the author of the Harry Potter books add something


Production begun July 7, 2014 in South West England add something


Imelda Staunton - In late 2014 she starred in Paddington a film based on the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond, she starred alongside her Harry Potter Co-Star Michael Gambon playing Paddington's Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo


The Elder Scrolls Online - On January 23, 2014 several actors were announced to voice cast the characters of "The Elder Scrolls Online", among them John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Alfred Molina, Michael Gambon, Malcom McDowell and


In early 2015, Gambon announced that due to the increasing length of time it was taking him to memorise his lines, he was giving up stage work add something


In early 2016, he is due to star in "Mad to be Normal" , a biopic of the Scottish psychiatrist R.D.Laing, produced by Gizmo Films add something


He has won four BAFTA TV awards and three Olivier awards and in 2017, he was awarded the Irish Film and Television Academy Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to Irish film add something


Rebecca Callard - After appearing in the 2017 ITV drama series, "Fearless", she claimed she was relieved not to have any scenes with its star, Michael Gambon, because she and her younger son, George, are such Harry Potter fans that she would have been tempted to "hound him with questions"