Brian had plenty to chat about on arrival to our studio and never fails to impress with his gun ho attitude. He really is larger than life and a fountain of fascinating yarns.
In relating Tolstoy's complex tale of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, Director Sergei Bondarchuk made some of the most graphic battle scenes ever seen, one of which runs nearly 45 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of Records, its cast of 120,000 people is a record.
Boisterous Brit Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and TV. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice. At a young age he displayed an acute talent for acting in school productions, but also had a penchant for boxing.
Luckily for us the boxing was taken out with one swift blow, and Brian, who managed to bag a spot at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic, was off and running. He has lent his musical talents to several productions - from playing Old Deuteronomy in Cats to The Baron in the more recent Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In the 1970s he began appearing more and more on-camera with both classical and contemporary performances.
In much the same way I feel we have had the Booming Voice of the 20th Century and it would be greedy to hanker after another. Gawd Bless Blessed.
But not all is plain sailing for our Brian.
As a child he and his friends used to play at Flash Gordon, inspired by the Buster Crabbe TV serials. In these childhood games Brian would always play Vultan, leader of the Hawkmen. In the 1980 film Flash Gordon he played the same role as he had in childhood with his now infamous cry of “Gordon’s Alive”.
It seems to this day the film strikes a special chord into the heart of the big man and so it was that Brian Blessed allegedly 'throttled' a Savoy diner and stormed out of his speaking engagement after being told Flash Gordon was 'c**p'.
Don’t mess with the Vultan seems to be the message here and let’s be honest, Blessed is known for his straight talking. When asked whether he was looking forward to co-starring with Pamela Anderson in the pantomime Aladdin last year, he replied: ‘Pamela ****ing Anderson? I wouldn’t touch her with yours. I’ve starred alongside Sophia Loren.’
And that just about sums up this meaty, mouthy, mountain explorer who’s best friend is Patrick Stewart and thinks Ben Kingsley is a ....well I can’t repeat that particular fact I’m afraid!
A very tanned and sickeningly healthy looking Simon Greenall visited us at VOX Towers this week.
Comedy actor Simon, is probably best known for starring as Alan Partridge's Geordie friend Michael in I’m Alan Partridge.
Greenall, played a handyman working in Partridge's roadside hotel in series one and as the server in the local petrol station in the second. Alan takes a liking to Michael even though he..... canny understand a word he says like!
Simon has appeared in a wide variety of roles in television, film, radio and the theatre, and is probably best known, not only for his role as Michael, but also as the voice of headmaster Iqbal in Bromwell High.
He has also appeared in the TV series The Bill, Holby City,Harry Enfield and Chums, Monkey Dust (voice only), People Like Us, Doc Martin, and Time Gentlemen Please. His film credits include Wimbledon. He wrote for and appeared in Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show. He has also contributed his voice to the video games Dragon Quest VIII and Tomb Raider II, among several others.
What you may not realise is that Simon is the voice of Aleksandr the Meerkat, star of the series of ads for comparethemarket.com. His voice has helped increase hits on the site by 80 per cent since January. Nice work if you can get it – SIMPLES!
Natalie Casey is an English actress, television presenter and singer. She is best known for her long running roles in the TV series Hollyoaks and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. She has also appeared on stage and worked as a television presenter for MTV, Channel 4 and the BBC.
At the age of three her single "Chick Chick Chicken" reached number 72 in the UK Singles Chart in 1984. This made her the youngest person ever to have a recording in the UK chart. At this time, she appeared on the BBC's Saturday Superstore and asked Boy George to take her to the toilet. Cheeky little Manchester tyke.
In the summer of 2007, Casey played "Serena Katz" in a hit run of the musical, Fame, at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and in February 2008 she began playing the role "Julia" in the pre-West End UK tour of The Wedding Singer. Her other stage credits include The Vagina Monologues, Hobson's Choice (Watermill Theatre opposite her sister Anna-Jane Casey),Flint Street Nativity, Well at the Trafalgar Studios, and the Apollo Theatre, opposite Sarah Miles and most recently "Ado Annie" in Oklahoma! at the Chichester Festival Theatre where the Telegraph reviewed her performance as a wonderfully skittish, perkily contrary Ado Annie who shines brightest and best. I guess our Natalie has the X Factor!
Never fear for Natalie was soon back up on her MTV feet brandishing a Cheshire sized grin and completing the interview with much-a-gusto and fresh fire in her loins – OO ER!
SANYO PULL THE PLUG AND CHANGE LONDONS SKYLINE FOREVER!!!!
Sanyo has been one of the main brand names on Piccadilly Circus since 1978. It is the last of the major advertisers at the Circus to stay loyal to neon as other brands have switched to LED in recent years.