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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 movie The Death & Life of John F. Donovan
Latest Project:
Series Distilling Love 2018
Known For
Poster of Layer Cake
Poster of Monkey Dust
Poster of Out of This World
Poster of This Is Your Life
Movie The Death & Life of John F. Donovan Narrator 2019
Series Distilling Love Lord Marchmain 2018
Series Oscar Unknown 2017
Series The Pretender 2001 Unknown 2017
Series Sorted Albus Dumbledore 2017
Movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle Sir Giles / Arthur 2017-09-20
Movie Victoria & Abdul Lord Salisbury 2017-09-14
Series Ready Steady Cook Professor Albus Dumbledore 2016
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 Fortitude Henry Tyson 2015-01-29
Series The Casual Vacancy Howard Mollison 2015-02-15
Movie The Casual Vacancy 2015-02-15
Movie Unity Himself - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Series Fai Nai Wayu Ivor J. Carney 2014-01-15
Movie Common Judge 2014-07-06
Movie Quirke Judge Garret Griffin 2014-02-16
Movie Paddington Uncle Pastuzo (voice) 2014-11-28
Movie Muse of Fire Himself 2013-09-26
Movie Fifty Years on Stage Hirst 2013-11-02
Series Luck Michael 2012-01-29
Movie Restless Baron Mansfield / Lucas Romer 2012-12-07
Movie Quartet Cedric Livingston 2012-09-08
Movie London: The Modern Babylon Narrator 2012-08-03
Movie Page Eight Benedict Baron 2011-08-28
Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Albus Dumbledore 2011-07-07
Series Man, Woman, Wild Barreller 2010-07-16
Movie The Book of Eli George 2010-01-14
Movie Ice Castles Unknown 2010-02-09
Series Emma Mr. Woodhouse 2009-10-04
Movie Emma Mr. Woodhouse 2009-10-11
Movie CJ7 Unknown 2008-01-30
Movie The Baker Leo 2007-02-09
Movie Borderland 2007-11-09
Movie Joe's Palace Elliot Graham 2007-11-04
Movie Celebration Lambert 2007-02-26
Movie The Alps: Climb of Your Life Narrator (voice) 2007-03-30
Series Sexy Voice and Robo King George V 2007-04-10
Series Princess Hours William McCordle 2006-01-11
Movie The Omen Bugenhagen 2006-06-06
Movie Amazing Grace Lord Charles Fox 2006-09-16
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Albus Dumbledore 2005-11-16
Series Extinct Paley 2005-12-09
Movie The Lost Prince Edward VII 2005-12-18
Movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Albus Dumbledore 2004-05-31
Series Strictly Dancing Lord Gibson 2004-02-13
Movie Being Julia Jimmie Langton 2004-09-03
Movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Oseary Drakoulias 2004-12-10
Movie Layer Cake Eddie Temple 2004-09-30
Movie Stories of Lost Souls Larry 2004-11-12
Series Monkey Dust Denton Baxter 2003-02-09
Series Angels in America Unknown 2003-12-07
Movie Sylvia Professor Thomas 2003-10-17
Movie Path to War 2002-01-01
Movie Ali G Indahouse Prime Minister 2002-03-21
Series Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
Movie Perfect Strangers 2001-05-09
Series Perfect Strangers Raymond 2001-05-10
Series Richard & Judy Unknown 2001-11-26
Movie Charlotte Gray Levade 2001-12-17
Series Longitude John Harrison 2000-01-02
Series Shipwrecked Alan Weigert 2000-01-09
Movie Endgame Hamm 2000-09-10
Movie The Last September Sir Richard Naylor 2000-04-28
Movie Longitude John Harrison 2000-01-13
Movie Two Hands Unknown 1999-07-29
Movie The Insider Thomas Sandefur 1999-10-28
Series Wives and Daughters Squire Hamley 1999-11-28
Movie Wives and Daughters Squire Hamley 1999-11-28
Movie Dancing at Lughnasa Father Jack Mundy 1998-09-04
Movie The Willows in Winter Badger 1997-06-16
Movie The Wings of the Dove Lionel Croy 1997-11-07
Movie The Gambler Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1997-10-30
Movie Nothing Personal Leonard 1996-10-18
Movie Sansone e Dalila 1996-01-01
Movie The Innocent Sleep Det. Insp. Matheson 1996-01-25
Movie Compelling Evidence Unknown 1995-01-01
Movie Two Deaths Daniel Pavenic 1995-09-10
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
Series Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
Movie The Browning Version Dr. Frobisher 1994-10-12
Movie Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Sir George 1994-10-28
Movie The Entertainer Archie Rice 1993-12-04
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Movie Toys Lt. General Leland Zevo 1992-12-18
Series Maigret Chief Inspector Maigret 1992-02-09
Movie Mobsters Don Salvatore Faranzano 1991-07-26
Movie A Dry White Season Magistrate 1989-01-01
Movie Monster Maker Ultragorgon 1989-01-23
Movie The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Albert Spica 1989-09-10
Series The Storyteller The Storyteller 1988-05-15
Series No Frills Marys Vater 1988-09-05
Movie Missing Link Narrator (voice) 1988-11-04
Movie Ghosts 1987-06-14
Movie The Singing Detective Philip Marlow 1986-11-16
Series The Singing Detective Philip Marlow 1986-11-16
Movie Turtle Diary George Fairbairn (turtle keeper) 1985-09-10
Movie Britannia Hospital 1982-05-27
Movie Chan Is Missing 1982-01-01
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
Series Sport Billy Narrator (voice) 1979-09-16
Movie The Seagull Trigorin 1978-02-05
Movie The Other Woman Robin 1976-01-06
Movie The Beast Must Die Jan Jarmokowski 1974-04-01
Movie Nothing But the Night Insp. Grant 1973-01-01
Movie Conflict 1973-11-29
Series Orson Welles' Great Mysteries Unknown 1973-09-01
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Alex 1973-04-02
Series Arthur of the Britons Unknown 1972-12-06
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series Softly, Softly Unknown 1966-01-05
Series Public Eye Unknown 1965-01-23
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series The Patty Duke Show Albus Dumbledore 1963-09-18
Series Out of This World Baltus Van Tassel 1962-06-30
Movie Half Way to Hell Unknown 1955-01-01
Series This Is Your Life Franklin Bean (voice) 1952-10-01