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Top Withens, Haworth, Yorkshire

Top Withens, Haworth, Yorkshire

A big man with a big presence, described by one magazine as ‘the loudest man alive’, Brian Blessed was born in Yorkshire, the son of a miner – and he returns to his home county for his icon.

Top Withens is a bleak moorland ruin above the village of Haworth said to have been the inspiration for the tortured Heathcliff’s farmstead in ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte.

The wildness of the location is reminiscent of the charismatic actor himself and reflects his passion for the great outdoors; aside from his impressive acting CV, Blessed is an adventurer who, among other things, has been on three expeditions to Mount Everest.

Interviewed by Josh Sims for Easyjet’s inflight magazine in 2002, he said: “Adventure makes me incredibly happy… Seeing for hundreds and hundreds of miles off these mountains opens cavities in your brain. And you yearn for them and yearn for them.”

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Top Withens, Haworth, Yorkshire

Brian Blessed

Actor, writer

Apart from memorable film roles in productions from ‘King Lear’ to ‘Flash Gordon’, Blessed has shown his vocal skills in stage productions like ‘Cats’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and is a successful author with books including the autobiographical ‘Dynamite Kid’. He lives in Surrey with his partner, the actress Hildegarde Neil.