Cast Michael Gambon Lg

MICHAEL GAMBON - George V

Gambon started his career with the Edwards/MacLiammoir Gate Theatre, Dublin. In 1963, he was one of the original members of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier, and appeared there in many plays before leaving to join Birmingham Rep where he played Othello. Also in repertory, he played the title roles in Macbeth, Coriolanus and Othello again, this time at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. IN the West End, he played leads in Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged, in the London premiere of three plays by Alan Ayckbourn: The Norman Conquests, Just Between Ourselves and Man of the Moment; Alice's Boys, (with Ralph Richardson); Harold Pinter's Old Times; the title role in Uncle Vanya and Veterans Day with Jack Lemmon. With the Royal National Theatre, he played leading roles in the premieres of Harold Pinter's Betrayal and Mountain Language, Simon Gray's Close of Play, Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood, three more plays by Alan Ayckborn: Sisterly Feelings, A Chorus of Disapproval (for which he won an Olivier Award), and A Small Family Business as well as Hare's Skylight. He also appeared there in Richard III, Othello, A View From the Bridge (for which he won all the major drama award in 1987) and as the name parts in The Life of Galileo and Volpone (winning the 1995 Evening Standard Best Actor Award). He lead Nicolas Hytner's production of Cressida at the Almeida and Patrick Marber's production of The Caretaker and Stephen Daldry's A Number at the Royal Court. More recently Gambon starred in Endgame with Lee Evans, directed by Matthew Warchus and Henry IV Parts I and II at the National Theatre. Gambon also recently starred in the Gate Theatre's productions of Samuel Beckett's Eh Joe as part of the Beckett Centenary Festival, directed by Atom Egoyan and Krapp's Last Tape, directed by Michael Colgan as well as in 2008 the Gate Theatre's production of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, directed by Rupert Goold and co-starring David Bradley and David Walliams.

His extensive work on TV includes the title role in the Dennis Potter series "The Singing Detective" for which he won a BAFTA. His award-winning performance in BBC"s "Wives and Daughters," was followed by Charles Sturridges's "Longitude," Stephen Poliakoff's "The Lost Prince" and "Joe's Palace" followed by the "Cranford" for the BBC. He was most recently seen as Mr Woodhouse in the BBC production of "Emma".

Gambon's many film credits include Peter Greenaway's The Cooke, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, The Gambler, Iain Softley's The Wings of the Dove, Dancing at Lughnasa, Plunkett and MacLeane, The Last September, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hallow, Michael Mann's The Insider, Charlotte Gray, Robert Altman's Gosford Park, John Frankenheimer's Path to War, Conor McPherson's The Actors, Mike Nichol's Angels in America, Sylvia, Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic, Robert de Niro's The Good Shepherd, Michael Apted's Amazing Graceand Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited. He also starred as Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.