Brian Blessed withdraws from show on medical advice

Brian Blessed.

Brian Blessed.

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Veteran South Yorkshire actor Brian Blessed has withdrawn from a production of King Lear just over a week after collapsing on stage.

The booming-voiced 78-year-old, from Mexborough. initially continued with the show, in which he took the title role, after his collapse, but his agent said he was now withdrawing from the production in Guildford on medical advice.

He said: “Mr Blessed’s heart condition is more serious than he was aware. On the advice of his specialist, and with a broken heart, Brian has therefore been compelled to withdraw from the production of which he is so proud.”