Brian Blessed: 'My first job was aged 14 as an undertaker's assistant making coffins'

Mick Hutson

Acclaimed actor, author and raconteur takes on our First & Last Q&A

As Brian Blessed heads off on tour to talk about his career on stage and screen, the actor, author and raconteur takes on our Q&A in which he discusses badgers, Bulgarian yoghurt and breakfast...

First record you ever bought
Harry Roy & His Band's 'Tiger Rag'.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A large model giraffe for my garden.

First film you saw that really moved you
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

Last lie you told
That I had flown round the moon on the Skylon spacecraft.

First movie you ever went on a date to
South Pacific.

Last time you cried
When Misty my Jack Russell died.

First thing you do when you've got time off work
Sit in my cabin and read my unread book purchases.

Last great meal you cooked
Porridge oats. Milk and brown sugar!

First crush
Nancy Marshall when I was 16.

Last book you read
The White Goddess by Robert Graves. Hard going but worth the read!

First great piece of advice you were given
'Give, you bugger, give', by my drama teacher Harry Dobson.

Last time you were starstruck
Watching my wife in the feature film England Made Me.

First thing you'd do if you ran the country
Stop badger culling.

Last meal on earth
Bulgarian yoghurt with sugar.

First song you'll sing at karaoke
'The Impossible Dream' from Man of La Mancha.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
I haven't.

First time you realised you were famous
After ten weeks filming Z-Cars, I couldn't walk down a street.

Last time someone criticised your work
I don't know.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Primitive. Quiet. And my agent said 'God'!

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
A large plastic elephant for my garden. It disintegrated.

First concert you ever attended
Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at the Sheffield Town Hall.

Last time you bought someone flowers
This week, for my wife.

First object you'd save from your burning home
My family and the pets first. My tankard from the Dalai Lama with 'Long Life' engraved on it second.

Last funny thing you saw online
Joke For The Day via my agent.

First job
Aged 14 as an undertaker's assistant making coffins.

Last person you fantasised about
My wife.

First word you spoke
My mother said it was 'bugger' after another baby stole my rattle!

Last crime you committed
Speeding on the motorway in the Z-Car.

First book you read for a second time
Wuthering Heights.

Last song you'd have played at your funeral
I have no plans to pass away … or to be in The Stage obituary!

First person you'd thank in an award acceptance speech
My wife.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Shangri Sha of Northern India and my mantra.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Letting the dogs out and breakfast!

An Evening with Brian Blessed, Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 11 May.

An Evening with Brian Blessed

Distinguished actor and world-class raconteur Brian Blessed entertains.

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