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Julian Wyatt Glover, CBE

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Honor Ellen Glover
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Dame Eileen Atkins, DBE
Father of Private

Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About Julian Wyatt Glover, CBE

Julian Wyatt Glover CBE

From Wikipedia:

Julian Wyatt Glover CBE (born 27 March 1935) is an English actor whose film roles have included a wide range of characters, including General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond villain Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol. He has played the recurring role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones since 2011 and, in January 2013, appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama Spies of Warsaw.

Personal life

Glover was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Honor Ellen Morgan, née Wyatt – a BBC journalist and close friend of novelist Barbara Pym – and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer.[1][2] His younger half-brother is the musician Robert Wyatt. Glover has been twice married to actresses: Eileen Atkins and Isla Blair, with whom he has a son, actor Jamie Glover.[3]


Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as actor Timothy West and Darth Vader actor David Prowse. He also attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London and then trained at the National Youth Theatre, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the early 1950s, he appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London before becoming a regular in 1960s and 1970s British television series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report, Doctor Who and Blake's 7.

In 1967, Glover featured as Professor Quatermass' nemesis Colonel Breen in the Hammer Films production of Quatermass and the Pit, an adaptation of Nigel Kneale's 1958–59 BBC TV original. He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in the 1965 serial The Crusade; and, in 1979, as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials,[citation needed] City of Death. Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for the The Crusade episode "The Wheel of Fortune" (Lost in Time set) and for City of Death.

In the 1980s, Glover made some of his most notable appearances, such as the Imperial General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the ruthless Greek villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) and the deceptive American Nazi Walter Donavan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

On television, he played the leading role of Sir Martin Lacey in the BBC English Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided,[citation needed] and played the guest role of surgeon Arnold Richardson in a 1989 episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (he made a second guest appearance as a different character in 2011, and also appeared as a different character again in the sister series Holby City in 2014). He has also played a leading role in the British film Brash Young Turks.[citation needed]

In the 2002 film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Glover voiced the giant spider Aragog.

Glover has been associated with the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf since the 1980s and has delivered staged interpretations in various forms, often taking the role of an Anglo-Saxon gleeman or traveller poet, delivering an abridged version of the tale while stood around a mead hall hearth and rendering selected passages in the poem's original Old English. This adaptation has been shown in documentaries on both the English language and Anglo-Saxon England and was also used for historian Michael Wood's documentary on the poem broadcast during the BBC Poetry Season in 2009.

Glover recently[when?] played the role of Mr. Brownlow in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.[citation needed] In the short film Battle for Britain (2010), Glover played a 101-year-old Polish veteran Royal Air Force pilot.[4]

Since 2011, Glover has portrayed the character of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones, the television adaptation of the first three volumes of George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.

In 2013, Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw.[5] In May 2014, he played the character Joe Goodridge in two episodes of the BBC TV medical drama series Holby City ("My Name is Joe" and "No Apologies"). In the same year, he portrayed an old man in Nazism horror thriller Backtrack.[6]

Glover is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


In 1993, Glover was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance [as?] in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1992 production of Henry V.

Glover was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours "for services to drama".[7]


1963 Tom Jones – Lt. Northerton 1964 Girl with Green Eyes – Malachi Sullivan
1965 Time Lost and Time Remembered – Dr. Matthew Langdon 1965 The Alphabet Murders – Don Fortune 1965 Doctor Who – The Crusade – Richard the Lionheart 1966 Theatre of Death – Charles Marquis 1966 I Was Happy Here – Dr. Matthew Langdon 1967 Quatermass and the Pit – Colonel Breen 1967 The Avengers, episode "The Living Dead" – Masgard 1968 The Magus – Anton 1969 Alfred the Great – Athelstane 1969 The Avengers, episode "Split" – Major Peter Rooke 1969 The Adding Machine – Shrdlu 1970 The Last Grenade – Andy Royal 1970 Wuthering Heights – Hindley Earnshaw 1970 The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer – Colonel Moffat 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra – Gapon 1972 Antony and Cleopatra – Proculeius 1973 Luther – The Knight 1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days – Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein 1973 The Foundation Trilogy – Hober Mallow 1974 Dead Cert – Lodge 1974 The Internecine Project – Arnold Pryce-Jones 1974 Juggernaut – Commander Marder (US title: Terror on the Britannic) 1974 The Story Of Jacob and Joseph (TV) – Esau 1975 Space: 1999, episode "Alpha Child" – Jarak 1977 Gulliver's Travels – (voice) 1977 The Brute – Teddy 1978 Blake's 7, episode "Breakdown" - Kayn 1979 Henry VIII – Duke of Buckingham 1979 Doctor Who – City of Death – Scaroth/Count Scarlioni 1980 Invasion – Alexander Dubcek 1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – General Maximilian Veers 1981 For Your Eyes Only – Aristotle Kristatos 1982 Ivanhoe – King Richard 1983 Dombey and Son – Mr. Dombey 1983 Heat and Dust – Crawford, the District Collector 1984 Kim – Colonel Creighton 1985 Remington Steele – Inspector Lombard 1987 Hearts of Fire – Alfred 1987 The Fourth Protocol – Brian Harcourt-Smith 1987 Mandela – Senior Police Officer 1987 Cry Freedom – Don Card 1987–1989 Wish Me Luck – Colonel James Cadogan 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Walter Donovan 1990 Tusks – Ian Taylor 1990 Treasure Island – Dr. Livesey 1991 Letters, Riddles and Writs – Joseph Haydn 1991 King Ralph – King Gustav 1994 Power and Lovers – Matthew 1995 The Chief – Andrew Blake 1995 The Infiltrator (TV film) – Ernst Bielert 1997 The House of Angelo – Sir Robert Willoughby 1997 Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's Drift – Henry Trace 2000 Vatel – Prince de Condé 2002 The Book of Eve – Burt Smallwood 2002 Two Men Went to War – Colonel Hatchard 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Aragog (voice) 2004 Troy – Triopas 2004 Strings – Kahro (voice in English version) 2006 Scoop – Lord Lyman 2006 The Impressionists (BBC drama) – Claude Monet (older) 2008 Mirrors – Robert Esseker 2009 The Young Victoria – Duke of Wellington 2011–present Game of Thrones – Grand Maester Pycelle (Recurring, 26 episodes) 2012 Airborne – George 2012 Merlin – Lochru 2013 U.F.O. – John 2013 The Spies of Warsaw – General Beauvilliers


Jump up ^ Julian Glover Biography (1935–) Jump up ^ "Theatre and film". The Times. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2010. Jump up ^ John, Emma (12 October 2014). "Actors Julian Glover and Isla Blair on their 48-year relationship". The Observer. Retrieved 17 October 2014. Jump up ^ Battle for Britain – Film Jump up ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01psbj3 Jump up ^ Backtrack Jump up ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 8. 15 June 2013.

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March 27, 1935
Hampstead, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom