Birthday: 19th October
Michael Gambon is an Irish-English actor. Having trained under Laurence Olivier, he started his career on stage at the Royal National Theatre. Gambon is known for portraying Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series from 2004 to 2011.
Having started his career on the theatre with Olivier with the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic Gambon appeared in many productions of works by William Shakespeare such as Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and Coriolanus. Gambon has received thirteen Olivier Awards for his work on the London stage. He won three awards including for his performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in 1987. He also won for his performances in Alan Ayckbourn's plays A Chorus of Disapproval and Man of the Moment. For his work on the Broadway stage he went on to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Tom Sergeant in David Hare's Skylight in 1997. He also received a Drama Desk Award, and Olivier Award nomination. In 2013, Gambon took part in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the National Theatre.
Gambon made his film debut in Othello (1965) alongside Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith. Gambon's other films include Michael Apted's Amazing Grace (2006), Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (2010), Dustin Hoffman's Quartet (2012), Stephen Frears' Victoria & Abdul (2017) and Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). He's known for his performances in television programmes such as The Singing Detective (1986), Wives and Daughters (1999), Path to War (2002), Cranford (2007), Emma (2009), The Casual Vacancy (2015), Churchill's Secret (2016), and Little Women (2017).
BAFTA AWARD NOMINATIONS: 4 WINS: 4
2002 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: PERFECT STRANGERS
2001 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: LONGITUDE
2000 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: WIVES AND DAUGHTERS
1987 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: THE SINGING DETECTIVE
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: 1
2003 - Best TV Actor: PATH TO WAR
How do you rate Michael Gambon's movies?
WATCH MICHAEL GAMBON THIS WEEK
FILM: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Sunday 25th July, ITV, 6:20pm
Gambon makes his first appearance in the third Harry Potter movie - maybe the best one?
FILM: Paddington (2014) / Paddington 2 (2017)
Monday 26th July, Film4, 5:15pm
Tuesday 27th July, Sky Cinema Family, 4:15pm
Gambon is on vocal duty as Paddington's Uncle Pastuzo in these fantastic family comedies.
FILM: Brideshead Revisited (2008) (Age 12)
Thursday 29th July, BBC4, 8:00pm
Acting alongside Ben Whishaw (the voice of Paddington) in this period drama.
ON AMAZON PRIME...
The Storyteller: Greek Myths
Gambon is the Storyteller of Greek Myths in this series. Great for our Greek Myths Summer Camp!
FILM: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Gambon is the voice of the dastardly farmer Bean in this stop-motion take on the classic children's novel by Roald Dahl.
FILM: Toys (1992)
Bit of a bizarre movie this one! Alongside Robin Williams in this toy maker film.
What's your favourite Michael Gambon movie / performance?
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