Oct. 19th, 1940
Guest TV Roles
After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter (II)'s production of "Galileo". Since then, Gambon has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson (I) as being "The Great Gambon" and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights. He was made a CBE in 1992.
- He was nominated for a 2003 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award for Best Actor of 2002 for his performance in "A Number" at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs.
- Antique weapon enthusiast.
- An Associate Member of RADA.
- In 2002 Gambon moved out of his marital home in Kent, England, to live with his now companion, Philippa Hart. The pair welcomed a son, Michael, in May 2007, and they are now expecting another baby for 2009.
- He was nominated for a 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Caretaker" at the Comedy Theatre.
- He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for his performance in "A View from the Bridge".
- He was awarded the 1987 London Evening Standard Theate Award for Best Actor for his performance in A View from the Bridge.
- During an appearance on the BBC program "Top Gear", Gambon took part in the show's regular "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" segment. He went around the final corner of the track on two wheels, and, in honor of the feat, the corner has henceforth been dubbed "Gambon" by the show's hosts.