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According to Trix, Brian Blessed played Augustus in I, Claudius. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) He also played Rassilon in a BBC version of Remote media in Samantha Jones' subconscious. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)

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The real-world Brian Blessed once guest starred in Doctor Who as King Yrcanos in Mindwarp. He was later cast as "Odin" in The Girl Who Died, but had to drop out of filming due to illness.

A popular UK character actor known for his bombastic, larger-than-life demeanour both on film and in person, Blessed rose to stardom in the mid-1960s as a long-running cast member on the police drama Z-Cars. He played Porthos in a pair of TV series based upon The Three Musketeers. Other TV roles included Boy Dominic, Space: 1999 (playing the father of Maya, Catherine Schell's character), I, Claudius (with Derek Jacobi and George Baker) and the first season of Blackadder. His best-known film was the 1980 version of Flash Gordon, which also co-starred Timothy Dalton.

Away from the screen, Blessed is known for leading a life of adventure, including several widely publicised attempts to climb Mount Everest (he is reportedly the oldest man to reach as high up the mountain as he has); during preparation for one of his ascents, he met and befriended the Dalai Lama.[source needed]

He is the father of Rosalind Blessed.

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