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Michael Gambon

Sir Michael Gambon is an Irish-British actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. A highly respected theatre actor, Gambon is recognised for his role in The Singing Detective and for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, replacing the late actor Richard Harris. Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin during World War II. His father, Edward Gambon, was an engineer, and his mother, Mary, was a seamstress. His father decided to seek work in the rebuilding of London, and so the family moved to Mornington Crescent in North London, when Gambon was five. His father had him made a British citizen - a decision that would later allow Michael to receive an actual, rather than honorary, knighthood. Gambon married Anne Miller when he was 22, but has always been secretive about his personal life, responding to one interviewer's question about her: "What wife?" The couple lived near Gravesend, Kent, where she has a workshop. While filming Gosford Park, Gambon brought Philippa Hart on to the set and introduced her to co-stars as his girlfriend. When the affair was revealed in 2002, he moved out of the marital home and bought a bachelor pad. In February 2007, it was revealed that Hart was pregnant with Gambon's child, and gave birth to son, Michael, in May 2007. On 22 June 2009 she gave birth to her second child, a boy named William, who is Gambon's third child. Gambon is a qualified private pilot and his love of cars led to his appearance on the BBC's Top Gear programme. Gambon raced the Suzuki Liana and was driving so aggressively that it went round the last corner of his timed lap on two wheels. The final corner of the Dunsfold Park track has been named "Gambon" in his honour.

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Oct 19, 1940 In Cabra, Dublin, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series This Is Your Life 1952-10-01
Latest Project:
Series Night Beauties 2023-05-15
Known For
Poster of Layer Cake
Poster of Monkey Dust
Poster of Sleepy Hollow
Poster of This Is Your Life
Series Night Beauties Narrator (voice) 2023-05-15
Movie The Death & Life of John F. Donovan Man in Diner 2019-03-13
Movie Cordelia Mr. Moses 2019-09-25
Movie Judy Bernard Delfont 2019-09-27
Movie The Last Witness Frank Hamilton 2018-05-11
Movie Citizen Lane Lord Ardilaun 2018-05-18
Movie King of Thieves Billy 'The Fish' Lincoln 2018-09-04
Movie Johnny English Strikes Again Agent Five 2018-09-13
Movie Mad to Be Normal Sydney Kotok 2017-04-06
Movie Viceroy's House General Hastings Ismay 2017-03-03
Series Fearless Sir Alistair McKinnon 2017-06-12
Series Oscar Unknown 2017
Movie Victoria & Abdul Lord Salisbury 2017-09-13
Movie Paddington 2 Uncle Pastuzo (voice) 2017-11-09
Series Little Women Mr. Laurence 2017-12-26
Movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle Arthur 2017-09-20
Movie Dad's Army Private Godfrey 2016-02-05
Movie Hail, Caesar! Narrator (voice) 2016-02-05
Movie Churchill's Secret Winston Churchill 2016-02-29
Series The Casual Vacancy Howard Mollison 2015-02-15
Series Fortitude Henry Tyson 2015-01-29
Movie Unity Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Movie Quirke Judge Garret Griffin 2014-02-16
Series Data Gueule Hamm 2014-06-06
Series Quirke Judge Garret Griffin 2014-02-16
Movie Common Judge 2014-07-06
Movie Paddington Uncle Pastuzo (voice) 2014-11-24
Series The Agony of Life Badger 2013-02-06
Movie Muse of Fire Self 2013-09-26
Movie National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage Hirst 2013-11-02
Series Luck Michael 2012-01-29
Movie Quartet Cedric Livingston 2012-09-08
Movie London: The Modern Babylon Self (voice) 2012-08-03
Series Chicago Fire Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots 2012-10-10
Movie Restless Baron Mansfield / Lucas Romer 2012-12-07
Series Restless Baron Mansfield / Lucas Romer 2012-12-27
Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Albus Dumbledore 2011-07-07
Movie Page Eight Benedict Baron 2011-08-28
Movie The Book of Eli George 2010-01-11
Series The Michael Ball Show Unknown 2010-08-16
Series Man, Woman, Wild Barreller 2010-07-16
Movie Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol Old Kazran / Elliot Sardick 2010-12-25
Movie The King's Speech King George V 2010-11-26
Series Emma Mr. Woodhouse 2009-10-04
Movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Albus Dumbledore 2009-07-07
Movie Emma Mr. Woodhouse 2009-10-11
Movie CJ7 King Edward VII 2008-01-30
Movie The Good Night Alan Weigert 2007-01-25
Series Distilling Love Lord Marchmain 2007-01-22
Movie Celebration Lambert 2007-02-26
Movie The Baker Leo 2007-02-09
Movie The Alps - Climb of Your Life Narrator (voice) 2007-03-30
Movie Joe's Palace Elliot Graham 2007-11-04
Movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Albus Dumbledore 2007-06-28
Series Princess Hours William McCordle 2006-01-11
Movie The Omen Bugenhagen 2006-06-06
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Series Sound of Colors Father Jack Mundy 2006-06-21
Movie Amazing Grace Lord Charles Fox 2006-09-16
Movie Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal Self 2005-05-09
Movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Albus Dumbledore 2005-11-16
Movie The Lost Prince Edward VII 2005-12-18
Movie Being Julia Jimmie Langton 2004-09-03
Movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Albus Dumbledore 2004-05-31
Movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Paley 2004-09-17
Movie Layer Cake Eddie Temple 2004-09-30
Movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Oseary Drakoulias 2004-12-10
Movie Stories of Lost Souls Larry 2004-11-12
Movie Deep Blue Narrator (voice) 2003-05-18
Series Monkey Dust Denton Baxter 2003-02-09
Movie Path to War Lyndon Johnson 2003-10-28
Movie Sylvia Professor Thomas 2003-10-17
Series Angels in America Prior 1 2003-12-07
Movie Ali G Indahouse Prime Minister 2002-03-21
Series Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
Movie The Making of 'Gosford Park' Self 2002-06-18
Series Perfect Strangers Raymond 2001-05-10
Series Richard & Judy Unknown 2001-11-26
Movie Charlotte Gray Levade 2001-12-28
Series Longitude John Harrison 2000-01-02
Movie Longitude John Harrison 2000-01-02
Movie The Last September Sir Richard Naylor 2000-04-28
Movie Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend Self 2000-05-23
Movie Two Hands Unknown 1999-07-29
Movie Plunkett & MacLeane Lord Gibson 1999-01-22
Movie The Insider Thomas Sandefur 1999-10-28
Movie Sleepy Hollow Baltus Van Tassel 1999-11-19
Series Wives and Daughters Squire Hamley 1999-11-28
Movie Wives and Daughters Squire Hamley 1999-11-28
Movie The Wings of the Dove Lionel Croy 1997-09-04
Movie The Gambler Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1997-10-30
Movie Two Deaths Daniel Pavenic 1996-06-14
Movie The Innocent Sleep Det. Insp. Matheson 1996-01-25
Movie Mary Reilly Mary’s Father 1996-02-23
Movie Nothing Personal Leonard 1996-10-18
Movie Samson and Delilah King Hamun 1996-12-08
Movie Bullet to Beijing Alexei 1995-12-20
Movie The Wind in the Willows Badger 1995-12-24
Movie Clean Slate Cornell 1994-05-06
Movie The Browning Version Dr. Frobisher 1994-06-08
Movie A Man of No Importance Ivor J. Carney 1994-12-24
Movie Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Sir George 1994-10-28
Series Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Movie The Entertainer Archie Rice 1993-12-04
Series Maigret Chief Inspector Maigret 1992-02-09
Movie Toys Lt. General Leland Zevo 1992-12-18
Movie Mobsters Don Salvatore Faranzano 1991-07-26
Movie Monster Maker Ultragorgon 1989-01-23
Movie The Rachel Papers Doctor Knowd 1989-05-12
Movie A Dry White Season Magistrate 1989-09-20
Movie The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Albert Spica 1989-10-13
Series The Storyteller The Storyteller 1988-05-15
Series Downtown Insp. Grant 1986-09-27
Movie The Singing Detective Philip Marlow 1986-11-16
Series Oscar Unknown 1985-03-26
Movie Turtle Diary George Fairbairn 1985-12-06
Series Bergerac Unknown 1981-10-18
Series Tales of the Unexpected Unknown 1979-03-24
Series The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Kerrigan 1979-09-18
Movie The Seagull Trigorin 1978-02-05
Movie The Other Woman Robin 1976-01-06
Series Vicky the Viking Ghost of Christmas Present (voice) 1974-04-03
Movie The Beast Must Die Jan Jarmokowski 1974-04-01
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Alex 1973-04-02
Series Orson Welles' Great Mysteries Unknown 1973-09-01
Movie The Catholics Brother Kevin 1973-11-29
Movie Cows Max 1972-02-24
Series Arthur of the Britons Unknown 1972-12-06
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series The Borderers Gavin Ker 1968-12-31
Series Softly, Softly Unknown 1966-01-05
Series Public Eye Unknown 1965-01-23
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Movie Goldfinger Philip Marlow 1964-09-20
Series The Great Adventure Dr. Fredericks 1963-09-27
Series The Patty Duke Show Albus Dumbledore 1963-09-18
Movie Half Way to Hell Unknown 1960-03-04
Series This Is Your Life Franklin Bean (voice) 1952-10-01