Julian Glover

For the British journalist and speechwriter, see Julian Glover (journalist).
Julian Glover

Julian Glover in 2014.
Born (1935-03-27) 27 March 1935
Hampstead, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Eileen Atkins (m. 1957; div. 1966)
Isla Blair (m. 1968)
Children Jamie Glover

Julian Wyatt Glover CBE (born 27 March 1935) is an English actor whose film roles have included a wide range of iconic characters, including General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond villain Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol. He also voiced the giant spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and played the recurring role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2016 and, in January 2013, appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama Spies of Warsaw.

Personal 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.[1][2] His younger half-brother is the musician Robert Wyatt. Glover has been twice married to actresses: Eileen Atkins and Isla Blair, with whom he has a son, actor Jamie Glover.[3]


Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as actor Timothy West and the actor who played Darth Vader, David Prowse. He also attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London and then trained at the National Youth Theatre, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the early 1950s, he appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London before becoming a regular in 1960s and 1970s British television series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report, Doctor Who and Blake's 7.

In 1967, Glover featured as Professor Quatermass' nemesis Colonel Breen in the Hammer Films production of Quatermass and the Pit, an adaptation of Nigel Kneale's 1958–59 BBC TV original.[4] He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in the 1965 serial The Crusade;[5] and, in 1979, as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials,[6] City of Death. Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for the The Crusade episode "The Wheel of Fortune" (Lost in Time set) and for City of Death.

In the 1980s, Glover made some of his most notable appearances, such as the Imperial General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980),[7] 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).[8]

On television, he played the leading role of Sir Martin Lacey in the BBC English Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided,[9] 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.[10]

In the 2002 film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Glover voiced the giant spider Aragog.[11]

Glover has been associated with the Anglo-Saxon 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 stood 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.

In 2009, Glover played the role of Mr. Brownlow in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.[12] In the short film Battle for Britain (2010), Glover played a 101-year-old Polish veteran Royal Air Force pilot.[13]

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.[14][15]

In 2013, Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw.[16] 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 Nazism horror thriller Backtrack.[17]

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.[18]


Glover was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by The Queen in the 2013 Birthday Honours "for services to drama".[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Tom Jones Lt. Northerton
1964 Girl with Green Eyes Malachi Sullivan
1965 Time Lost and Time Remembered Dr. Matthew Langdon
The Alphabet Murders Don Fortune
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 Athelstane
The Adding Machine Shrdlu
1970 The Last Grenade Andy Royal
Wuthering Heights Hindley Earnshaw
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Colonel Moffat
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra Gapon
1972 Antony and Cleopatra Proculeius
1973 Luther The Knight
Hitler: The Last Ten DaysGruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
The Foundation Trilogy Hober Mallow
1974 QB VII Zaminski
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
1979 Henry VIII Duke of Buckingham
1980 Invasion Alexander Dubček
The Empire Strikes Back General Maximilian Veers
1981 For Your Eyes Only Aristotle Kristatos
1982 Ivanhoe King Richard
1983 Heat and Dust Crawford, the District Collector
1984 Kim Colonel Creighton
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Colonel Kobylinski
1987 Hearts of Fire Alfred
The Fourth Protocol Brian Harcourt-Smith
Mandela Senior Police Officer
Cry Freedom Don Card
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Walter Donovan
1990 Tusks Ian Taylor
Treasure Island Dr. Livesey
1991 Letters, Riddles and Writs Joseph Haydn
King Ralph King Gustav
1994 Power and Lovers Matthew
1997 The House of Angelo Sir Robert Willoughby
Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's Drift Henry Trace
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
2008 Mirrors Robert Esseker
2009 The Young Victoria Duke of Wellington
Princess Kaiulani Theophilus Harris Davies
2012 Airborne George
2013 U.F.O. John
The Spies of Warsaw General Beauvilliers
2015 Brash Young Turks Lou Hartman


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Doctor Who – The Crusade Richard the Lionheart 4 episodes
1967 The Avengers Masgard/Major Peter Rooke/Rupert Lasindall 4 episodes
1972 Spy Trap Commander Anderson 36 episodes
1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph Esau TV
1975 Space: 1999 Jarak Episode: "Alpha Child"
1978 Blake's 7 Kayn Episode: "Breakdown"
1979 Doctor Who – City of Death Scaroth/Count Scarlioni 4 episodes
1983 Dombey and Son Mr. Dombey 10 episodes
1985 Remington Steele Inspector Lombard
1987–1989 Wish Me Luck Colonel James Cadogan 15 episodes
1995 The Chief Andrew Blake
The Infiltrator Ernst Bielert TV movie
2006 The Impressionists Claude Monet (older) TV miniseries
2011–2016 Game of Thrones Grand Maester Pycelle Recurring role
31 episodes
2012 Merlin Lochru Episode: "Arthur's Bane (Part 1)"


  1. Julian Glover Biography (1935–)
  2. "Theatre and film". The Times. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  3. John, Emma (12 October 2014). "Actors Julian Glover and Isla Blair on their 48-year relationship". The Observer. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  4. "Julian Glover interview: Quatermass And The Pit, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Game Of Thrones". denofgeek.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. "Interview with Julian Glover". www.kaldorcity.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. "BBC Doctor Who Classic Series Episode Guide"
  7. "Julian Glover Talks The Empire Strikes Back & Star Wars Episode VII". flicksandthecity.com. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. "Interview with Julian Glover, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones films - The Indiana Jones Experience". www.theindyexperience.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. "By The Sword Divided" on IMBb
  10. "Julian Glover: 'I'd love to act with my son… partly for the arguments'". standard.co.uk. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  11. Grubbs, Jefferson. "8 'Game Of Thrones' Stars Who Also Appeared In 'Harry Potter' & Created The Ultimate (Unofficial) Fantasy Crossover". bustle.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  12. "First Night: Oliver! Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London" -- The Independent, 15 January 2009
  13. Battle for Britain – Film
  14. "Game of Thrones's Julian Glover on Playing Pycelle, Auditioning for Dumbledore, and What He Won't Do on HBO". vulture.com. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  15. Kitchener, Shaun (19 May 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Game of Thrones' Julian Glover admits which death he wanted to be 'MORE bloody'". express.co.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  16. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01psbj3
  17. Backtrack
  18. Olivier Winners 1993
  19. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 8. 15 June 2013.
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