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MICHAEL GAMBON (Albus Dumbledore) started his career with the Edwards/MacLiammoir Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1963. He was one of the original members of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic under Lawrence Olivier and appeared in many plays before leaving to join Birmingham rep where he played Othello. In the 40 years since, Gambon has established himself as one of the greatest stage actors of his time, winning an Olivier Award for Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Disapproval and The Life of Galileo and Volpone which garnered him the 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.

Film fans will know him for his starring role in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, as well as more recently The Gambler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Plunket and McLeane, The Last September, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, The Insider, High Heels Low Lifes, Charlotte Gray, Robert Altman's Gosford Park, John Frankenheimer's Path to War, Conor McPherson's The Actors, Mike Nichols' Angels in America and Kevin Costner's Open Range.

Perhaps Gambon's most memorable role was in the television series of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective which won him Best Actor awards from BAFTA, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Royal Television Society. He also starred in the BBC's Wives and Daughters and Charles Sturridge's acclaimed Longitude and most recently Stephen Poliakoff's A Family Tree.

Gambon's many theatre credits include the title roles in Macbeth, Coriolanus and Othello, Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged, Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, Just Between Ourselves and Man of the Moment, opposite Ralph Richardson in Alice's Boys, Harold Pinter's Old Times, the title role in Uncle Vanya and Veteran's Day with Jack Lemmon.

With the Royal Shakespeare Company he played the lead roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal and Mountain Language, Simon Gray's Close of Play, Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood, Ayckbourn's Sisterly Feelings and A Small Family Business and David Hare's Skylight (both in the West End and Broadway). He also starred in Richard III, Othello, Tons of Money, A View from the Bridge and Yasmina Reza's Unexpected Man (which transferred from the Barbican to the West End). Most recently he led Nicholas Hytner's production of Cressida at the Almeida and Patrick Marber's production of Caretaker in the West End as well as Stephen Daldry's A Number at the Royal Court.


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