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Julian Wyatt Glover

(1935-03-27) 27 March 1935 (age 88)
Hampstead, London, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957–present
  • (m. 1957; div. 1966)
  • Isla Blair
    (m. 1968)
Children Jamie Glover

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

Glover's well-known film roles have included being a high profile villain in several major motion picture franchises: General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only (1981), Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol (1987) and Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also voiced the giant Acromantula spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and appeared as conductor Andris Davis in the psychological drama Tár (2022).

Glover has also appeared frequently on television, especially in the UK, including guest appearances in series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Thriller, Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Remington Steele and Inside No. 9. He played the recurring supporting role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011–2016) and appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama Spies of Warsaw (2013).

Early 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. Glover and Wyatt divorced in the 1940s, after the birth of a daughter, Prue, and Honor Wyatt subsequently married George Ellidge. Julian Glover's younger half-brother is the musician Robert Wyatt.

Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as future actors Timothy West and David Prowse. He also attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1954. He also performed national service in the British Army, where he went on the officers' training course.


In the early 1950s, Glover appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London, and played Tolen in Ann Jellicoe's The Knack at the Royal Court Theatre in 1962. He also performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He became a regular actor 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 1958–1959 BBC TV original. He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade (1965); and as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials, City of Death (1979). Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for The Crusade episode "The Wheel of Fortune" (from the 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), 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).

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

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

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. He adapted his interpretation in novel form as Beowulf: An Adaptation.

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

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.

In 2013, Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw. 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 as well as a theater performance as The Interlocutor in the 2014 West End transfer of the Scottsboro Boys in October.

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

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. Theatre critic Michael Billington called his portrayal of the king in that production "superb".


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

Personal life

Glover has been twice married: to actresses Eileen Atkins and Isla Blair (with whom he has a son, actor Jamie Glover).

In 2020, Glover sold 250 lots of photographs, costumes, props and memorabilia from his career at East Bristol Auctions, including his badge of rank from The Empire Strikes Back and the watch, overcoat and personal script from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.



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 Days Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
Luther The Knight
The Foundation Trilogy Hober Mallow Radio production
1974 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
1980 Invasion Alexander Dubček
The Empire Strikes Back General Maximilian Veers
1981 For Your Eyes Only Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos
1983 Heat and Dust Crawford, the District Collector a.k.a. The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur
1984 Kim Colonel Creighton
1987 The Fourth Protocol Brian Harcourt-Smith
Cry Freedom Don Card
Hearts of Fire Alfred
1988 Tusks Ian Taylor
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Walter Donovan
1991 King Ralph King Gustav
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
2014 Backtrack The Old Man
2015 The Timber Howell
2016 Brash Young Turks Lou Hartman
We Still Steal the Old Way Sir Edward
Gangster Kittens Lord Clarence Beaverbrook
2017 Amy and Sophia Jim
2019 The Pride of Atticus Lee Atticus Lee Short
2021 The Toll Magnus
Nemesis Sebastian
Nobody Has to Know Angus
The Laureate Alfred Graves
2022 Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher Lord Ashford
Tár Andris Davis
2023 The Reverend and Mrs. Simpson Older Charles Wilson
Forever Now Jim Petrak Senior
Pulcinella Father Reitel Post-production
TBA Banking on Mr. Toad Vicar Burntwhistle Pre-production


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 Richard the Lionheart Serial: "The Crusade"
1967 The Avengers Masgard/Major Peter Rooke/Rupert Lasindall 4 episodes
1972 Spy Trap Commander Anderson 36 episodes
1974 QB VII Zaminski TV miniseries
1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph Esau TV movie
1975 The Sweeney Bernard Stone Episode: "Queen's Pawn"
1975 Space: 1999 Jarak Episode: "Alpha Child"
1978 Blake's 7 Kayn Episode: "Breakdown"
1979 Henry VIII Duke of Buckingham TV movie
1979 Doctor Who Scaroth/Count Scarlioni Serial: "City of Death"
1982 Ivanhoe King Richard TV movie
1982 Nancy Astor Lord Revelstoke 2 episodes
1982 Q.E.D. Dr. Stefan Kilkiss 3 episodes (#1, #2, and #4 only)
1983 Dombey and Son Mr. Dombey 10 episodes
1983 By the Sword Divided Sir Martin Lacey
1984 Travelling Man Farmer Episode: "On the Hook"
1984 Six Centuries of Verse Himself Reader
1985 Jenseits der Morgenröte Kilian von Roggenburg TV miniseries
1985 Remington Steele Inspector Lombard Episodes: "Steele Searching, Part 1" and "Steele Searching, Part 2"
1985 Magnum, P.I. Duncan Scott / Police Inspector Stokesay Episodes: "Deja Vu, Part 1" and "Deja Vu, Part 2"
1986 Ladies in Charge Ernest Episode: "Zoe's Fever"
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Colonel Kobylinski TV movie
1987 Mandela Senior Police Officer TV movie
1987–1989 Wish Me Luck Colonel James Cadogan 15 episodes
1989 Casualty Arnold Richardson Series 4, Episode 12 "Hanging On"
1990 Treasure Island Dr. Livesey TV movie
1991 Letters, Riddles and Writs Joseph Haydn TV movie
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 7 episodes
1995 Taggart Supt. Drummond Episode: "Black Orchid"
1995 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)"
2013 Spies of Warsaw General Beauvilliers TV miniseries
2016 Grantchester Albert Tannen Christmas special
2018 Black Earth Rising Mark Viner 3 episodes
2019 The Crown Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Episode: "Coup"
2021 Inside No. 9 Ralph Episode: "Last Night of the Proms"
2023 Willow Zeb Episode: "Beyond the Shattered Sea"

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