Prince John's grandfather. He is bluff and plain-spoken, with an unmistakable affection for the grandson who will often blurt out home truths others are too genteel to articulate.
Michael Gambon has starred in such memorable television dramas as Perfect Strangers, The Singing Detective, Wives and Daughters, Longitude and Maigret, and films Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Insider.
Gambon has won three consecutive Best Actor BAFTA Awards for Wives and Daughters, Longitude and Perfect Strangers. "What is marvelous is that they were all such different parts," he enthuses. "It's great to have that variety in your career. I'd hate to be in a sitcom or a soap. I'd go mad and start mucking around after a week and they'd sack me."
Gambon's forthcoming movies include Being Julia, in which he stars opposite Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons (October 2004 release) and The Life Aquatic, with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Cate Blanchette (December 2004).