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Julian Glover

Julian Glover 2014.jpg
Julian Glover in 2014
Born (1935-03-27) 27 March 1935 (age 85)
Hampstead, London, England
Years active1959–present
(m. 1957; div. 1966)

(m. 1968)
ChildrenJamie Glover

Julian Wyatt Glover CBE (born 27 March 1935) is an English classical actor, with many stage, television and film roles since commencing his career in the 1950s. He is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award and has performed many times for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Glover is known for portraying major characters in many popular movie and television franchises. His film roles have included General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol. He also voiced the giant spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Glover has also appeared frequently on television, especially in Britain, including guest appearances in cult series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Remington Steele. From 2011 to 2016, he played the recurring supporting role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones, 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 Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer.[1][2] Glover and Wyatt divorced in the 1940s, after the birth of a daughter, Prue, and Honor Wyatt subsequently married George Ellidge.[3] Julian Glover's 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.[4]


Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as actor Timothy West and the actor who played Darth Vader, 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 , played ' Tolen ', in Ann Jellicoe's ' The Knack , at the Royal Court Theatre in 1962 , 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 1966. Glover played William the Conqueror in A Choice of Kings, then in 1967 featured as Professor Quatermass's nemesis Colonel Breen in the Hammer Films production of Quatermass and the Pit, an adaptation of Nigel Kneale's 1958–59 BBC TV original.[5] He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in the 1965 serial The Crusade;[6] and, in 1979, as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials,[7] City of Death. Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for 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: the Imperial general Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980),[8] the ruthless Greek villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) and the deceptive American Nazi Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).[9]

On television, he played the leading role of Sir Martin Lacey in the BBC English Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided,[10] 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.[11]

In the 2002 film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Glover voiced the giant spider Aragog.[12]

Glover has been associated with the 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 standing 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.

In 2009, Glover played the role of Mr. Brownlow in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.[13] In the short film Battle for Britain (2010), Glover played a 101-year-old Polish veteran Royal Air Force pilot.[14]

Glover portrayed the character of Grand Maester Pycelle in the HBO series Game of Thrones between 2011 and 2016, appearing in a total of 31 episodes across the first six seasons of the show.[15][16]

In 2013, Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw.[17] 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 horror thriller Backtrack.[18]

In 2019, Glover played the role of Nonno in the West End theatre production of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre.[19]

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 title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1992 production of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2.[20] Theatre critic Michael Billington called his portrayal of the king in that production "superb".[21]


Glover was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Tom Jones Lt. Northerton
1964 Girl with Green Eyes Malachi Sullivan
1965 The Alphabet Murders Don Fortune
Time Lost and Time Remembered Dr. Matthew Langdon
1966 Theatre of Death Charles Marquis
I Was Happy Here Dr. Matthew Langdon
1967 Quatermass and the Pit Colonel Breen
1968 The Magus Anton
1969 Alfred the Great Æthelstan
The Adding Machine Shrdlu
1970 The Last Grenade Andy Royal
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Colonel Moffat
Wuthering Heights Hindley Earnshaw
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra Gapon
1972 Antony and Cleopatra Proculeius
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten DaysGruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
Luther The Knight
The Foundation Trilogy Hober Mallow
1974 QB VII Zaminski TV miniseries
Dead Cert Lodge
The Internecine Project Arnold Pryce-Jones
Juggernaut Commander Marder US title: Terror on the Britannic
1977 Gulliver's Travels Voice
The Brute Teddy
1979 Henry VIII Duke of Buckingham TV movie
1980 Invasion Alexander Dubček
The Empire Strikes Back General Maximilian Veers
1981 For Your Eyes Only Aristotle Kristatos
1982 Ivanhoe King Richard TV movie
1983 Heat and Dust Crawford, the District Collector a.k.a. The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur
1984 Kim Colonel Creighton
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Colonel Kobylinski TV movie
1987 The Fourth Protocol Brian Harcourt-Smith
Mandela Senior Police Officer TV movie
Cry Freedom Don Card
Hearts of Fire Alfred
1988 Tusks Ian Taylor
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Walter Donovan
1990 Treasure Island Dr. Livesey TV movie
1991 King Ralph King Gustav
Letters, Riddles and Writs Joseph Haydn TV movie
1994 Power and Lovers Matthew
1997 The House of Angelo Sir Robert Willoughby
2000 Vatel Prince de Condé
2002 The Book of Eve Burt Smallwood
Two Men Went to War Colonel Hatchard
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Aragog Voice
2004 Troy Triopas
Strings Kahro Voice
English version
2006 Scoop Lord Lyman
Big Nothing 80 Year Old Blind Man
2007 Shoot on Sight Susan's Father
2008 Mirrors Robert Esseker
2009 The Young Victoria Duke of Wellington
Princess Kaiulani Theophilus Harris Davies
2012 U.F.O. John Jones
Chasing the Bear Mentor / Studio Head
Airborne George
2013 The Spies of Warsaw General Beauvilliers TV miniseries
2014 Backtrack The Old Man
2016 Brash Young Turks Lou Hartman
Gangster Kittens Lord Clarence Beaverbrook
2017 Amy and Sophia Jim
We Still Steal the Old Way Sir Edward
2019 The Pride of Atticus Lee Atticus Lee Short
2020 The Reverend and Mrs. Simpson Older Charles Wilson
TBA The Toll Magnus Post-production
TBA The Laureate Alfred Graves Post-production
TBA Nemesis Sebastian Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1963 Espionage Tovarich Episode: "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend"
1964 The Saint Hilloran Episode: "The Lawless Lady"
1965 Doctor Who – The Crusade Richard the Lionheart 4 episodes
1967 The Avengers Masgard/Major Peter Rooke/Rupert Lasindall 4 episodes
1972 Spy Trap Commander Anderson 36 episodes
1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph Esau TV movie
1975 Space: 1999 Jarak Episode: "Alpha Child"
1978 Blake's 7 Kayn Episode: "Breakdown"
1979 Doctor Who – City of Death Scaroth/Count Scarlioni 4 episodes
1982 Q.E.D. Dr. Stefan Kilkiss 3 episodes (#1, #2, and #4 only)
1983 Dombey and Son Mr. Dombey 10 episodes
1984 Travelling Man Farmer Episode: "On the Hook"
1985 Jenseits der Morgenröte [de] Kilian von Roggenburg TV miniseries
1985 Remington Steele Inspector Lombard
1985 Magnum, P.I. Duncan Scott / Police Inspector Stokesay Episodes: "Deja Vu, Part 1" and "Deja Vu, Part 2"
1987–1989 Wish Me Luck Colonel James Cadogan 15 episodes
1992 Rumpole of the Bailey Sir Sebastian Pilgrim Episode "Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson"
1993 The Darling Buds of May George Harran 2 episodes
1995 The Chief Andrew Blake
The Infiltrator Ernst Bielert TV movie
1996 Cadfael Leoric Ashby Episode: "The Devil's Novice"
1997 Midsomer Murders Henry Trace Episode: "The Killings at Badger's Drift"
2003 Born and Bred Derek Episode - Old Flames
2004 Waking the Dead William Laurence Episode: The Hardest Word Parts 1 and 2
2006 The Impressionists Claude Monet (older) TV miniseries
2007 Silent Witness Henry Markham Episode: Apocalypse
2009 Saka no Ue no Kumo Alfred Thayer Mahan TV miniseries
2011 Silent Witness Istvan Sandór Episode: Bloodlines
2011–2016 Game of Thrones Grand Maester Pycelle Recurring role
31 episodes
2012 Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out General Maxmilian Veers Voice; Television special
2012 Merlin Lochru Episode: "Arthur's Bane (Part 1)"
2016 Grantchester Albert Tannen Christmas special
2018 Black Earth Rising Mark Viner
2019 The Crown Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Episode: "Coup"


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  2. ^ "Theatre and film". The Times. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  3. ^ William Graves. "Honor Wyatt (b. Feb 26 1910; d. 23 Oct 1998" (PDF). Gravesiana: 248. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ John, Emma (12 October 2014). "Actors Julian Glover and Isla Blair on their 48-year relationship". The Observer. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Julian Glover interview: Quatermass And The Pit, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Game Of Thrones". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Interview with Julian Glover". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – City of Death – Details".
  8. ^ "Julian Glover Talks The Empire Strikes Back & Star Wars Episode VII". 10 March 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Interview with Julian Glover, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones films – The Indiana Jones Experience". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  10. ^ "By The Sword Divided" on IMBb[unreliable source?]
  11. ^ "Julian Glover: 'I'd love to act with my son...partly for the arguments'". 24 May 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  12. ^ Grubbs, Jefferson. "8 'Game Of Thrones' Stars Who Also Appeared In 'Harry Potter' & Created The Ultimate (Unofficial) Fantasy Crossover". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  13. ^ "First Night: Oliver! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London". 15 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Battle for Britain – Film". Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Game of Thrones's Julian Glover on Playing Pycelle, Auditioning for Dumbledore, and What He Won't Do on HBO". 4 April 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  16. ^ Kitchener, Shaun (19 May 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Game of Thrones' Julian Glover admits which death he wanted to be 'MORE bloody'". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  17. ^ "BBC Four – Spies of Warsaw, Episode 1". 14 January 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  18. ^ Disgusting, Bloody (30 March 2015). "First 'Backtrack' Clip Chokes On Something Evil".
  19. ^ Meyer, Dan (17 July 2019). "See What London Critics Thought of The Night of the Iguana, Starring Clive Owen and Anna Gunn". Playbill. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Olivier Winners 1993".
  21. ^ Billington, Michael (14 April 2014). "Best Shakespeare productions: Henry IV Parts I and II". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
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