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Michael Gambon Biography

Birth Name:
Michael John Gambon
Birth Place:
Dublin, Ireland

Fast Facts

  • At 15, dropped out of school to become an apprentice toolmaker at Vickers Armstrong in Crayford, England; he remains interested in mechanical things and collects antique guns
  • Joined the company of London's National Theatre in 1963, when it was under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier; appeared in productions that included The Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Crucible and Mother Courage
  • First major film role came in 1974, with the campy werewolf movie The Beast Must Die, starring horror vet Peter Cushing
  • Won Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor in 1988 for A View from the Bridge and Best Comedy Performance in 1986 for A Chorus of Disapproval and in 1990 for Man of the Moment; has also been nominated numerous times
  • Was made a Commander of Order of the British Empire in 1992 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997
  • Won Best Actor BAFTAs for 1986 miniseries The Singing Detective, 1999 miniseries Wives and Daughters, 2000 TV historical drama Longitude and 2001 TV drama Perfect Strangers
  • Son Fergus is a ceramics expert who has appeared on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow


  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner


  • Edward Gambon -- Father
  • Mary Gambon -- Mother
  • Philippa Hart -- Significant Other
  • Fergus Gambon -- Son
  • Michael -- Son
  • William -- Son
  • Anne Miller -- Wife (separated)