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Michael Gambon

Mostly Credited As: Michael Gambon
Sometimes Credited As: Sir Michael Gambon
Sir Michael John Gambon, CBE

Birth Name: Michael John Gambon
Date Of Birth: October 19, 1940 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: Ireland
Birth Place: Dublin
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Michael Gambon


After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Michael went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter's production of Galileo. Since then Michael has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as being 'The Great Gambon' and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Fortitude (2015)As: Henry Tyson
Quirke (2014)As: Judge Garret Griffin
Common (2014)As: Royal Courts Judge
Lucan (UK) (2013)As: Burke
Restless (2012)As: Baron Mansfield
Joe's Palace (2007)As: Elliot Graham
Maigret (1992)As: Inspector Jules Maigret
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1991)As: The Storyteller
The Singing Detective (1986)As: Philip Marlow
Oscar (1985)As: Oscar Wilde
The Other One (1977)As: Brian Bryant
The Borderers (1968)As: Gavin Ker
Episode Cast Credits 

Great Performances (1974) 
  National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage 41x12: (Feb/14/2014) As (Himself) 

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  Muse of Fire: A Shakesperean Road Movie 01x01: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Michael Gambon, Emily Blunt, John Bishop, David Guetta, Fun. 03x06: (Sep/22/2012) As Himself 

50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) 
  50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 01x01: (Jul/27/2011) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  February 16, 2011 05x142: (Feb/16/2011) As Himself 

Doctor Who (2005) (2005) 
  A Christmas Carol (Dec/25/2010) As Kazran / Eliot Sardick 

The Michael Ball Show (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 22 01x22: (Sep/14/2010) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  June 18, 2010 11x169: (Jun/18/2010) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  June 17, 2010 18x168: (Jun/17/2010) As Himself 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Cranford: (Part 1) 38x13: (May/04/2008) As Mr. Holbrook 
  The Lost Prince: (Part 1) 34x01: (Oct/17/2004) As King Edward VII 

Richard & Judy (2001) 
  Series 6, Show 4 06x04: (Jun/22/2006) As Himself 

Top Gear (2002) 
  Series 8, Episode 5 08x05: (Jun/04/2006) As Himself (Star in a Reasonably Priced Car) 
  Series 1, Episode 8 01x08: (Dec/08/2002) As Himself 

Breakfast with Frost (1993) 
  May 15, 2005 13x18: (May/15/2005) As Himself 

Room 101 (1994) 
  Michael Gambon 09x08: (Nov/01/2004) As Himself 

Have I Got News for You (1990) 
  Dara O'Briain, Carol Vorderman, Michael Gambon 27x05: (May/14/2004) As Himself 

Angels in America (2003) 
  Millennium Approaches: Chapter Three - The Messenger 01x03: (Dec/07/2003) As Prior Walter Ancestor #1 
  Millennium Approaches: Chapter Two - In Vitro 01x02: (Dec/07/2003) As Prior Walter Ancestor #1 
  Millennium Approaches: Chapter One - Bad News 01x01: (Dec/07/2003) As Prior Walter Ancestor #1 

Omnibus (1967) 
  Robert Altman in England 36x03: (Feb/02/2002) As Himself 

Mystery! (1980) 
  Maigret, II: (6) Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer 15x06: (Nov/17/1994) As Inspector Jules Maigret 
  Maigret, II: (5) Maigret and the Maid 15x05: (Nov/10/1994) As Inspector Jules Maigret 
  Maigret, II: (4) Maigret's Boyhood Friend 15x04: (Nov/03/1994) As Inspector Jules Maigret 
  Maigret, II: (3) Maigret and the Hotel Majestic 15x03: (Oct/27/1994) As Inspector Jules Maigret 

Bergerac (1981) 
  Winner Takes All 05x02: (Jan/10/1987) As Jarvis McLeod 

Tales of the Unexpected (1979) 
  The Umbrella Man 02x11: (May/10/1980) As Andrew 

Play of the Month (1965) 
  The Seagull 13x04: (Feb/05/1978) As Trigorin 

Play for Today (1970) 
  Tiptoe through the Tulips 06x21: (Mar/16/1976) As Piers 
  Cows 02x17: (Feb/24/1972) As Max 

Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1974) 
  An Affair of Honour 02x06: (Oct/30/1975) As Major Rolfe 

Arthur of the Britons (1972) 
  The Prisoner 02x03: (Sep/26/1973) As Roland 

Special Branch (1969) 
  Hostage 03x12: (Jun/27/1973) As Herr Muller 

Menace (1970) 
  Judas Goat 02x01: (Mar/22/1973) As Ellis 

Softly, Softly (1966) 
  Welcome to the Club 08x11: (Nov/22/1972) As Cranley 

Public Eye (UK) (1965) 
  Have Mud, Will Throw 03x04: (Feb/10/1968) As P.C. Thwaites 
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Trivia

Michael was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for his performance in A View from the Bridge.

Michael was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1986 (1985 season) for Best Comedy Performance for A Chorus of Disapproval.

In 2002, Michael was named the successor to the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. His Potter debut was in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

Michael auditioned for the role of James Bond after George Lazenby left the series, but was turned down because they didn't want to hire another unknown.

Michael was knighted in 1992 by Queen Elizabeth II, despite having been born in the "Republic" of Ireland.

Michael is a major antique weapon enthusiast.

In 2002, Michael & co. won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for: Gosford Park (2001).

In 2002, Michael & co. won the Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001).

In 1987, Michael won the RTS Television Award for Best Performance - Male for: The Singing Detective (1986).

In 2000, Michael won the RTS Television Award for Best Actor - Male for: Wives and Daughters (1999).

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