The Mexborough-born actor and adventurer is heading out on the road across Britain as part of his 'evening with' tour and tickets are selling fast.
Known for his larger than life persona and performing memorable roles on television and the silver screen, Blessed is one of the country's most recognisable stars.
With his big beard and large frame, Blessed has performed in shows such as Z Cars and Blackadder and has appeared in Hollywood blockbusters Flash Gordon and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves .
The evening promises anecdotes from the Yorkshireman's lengthy career in film and television, as well as his roles in Shakesperean productions.
A keen climber, Blessed has previously attempted Everest and conquered Kilimanjaro.
The son of William Blessed, a miner at Hickleton Main and Hilda Wall, Blessed was born at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough on October 9, 1936 and attended Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School, but was forced to leave at the age of 15 after his father suffered an industrial accident.
He then spent several years working in a number of jobs, ranging from an undertaker to a plasterer’s assistant.
He started drama training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where his contemporaries included Patrick Stewart, and then found fame as PC “Fancy” Smith in the BBC TV series Z-Cars, between 1962 and 1965.
The 81-year-old will be playing a string of venues across the country later this year. Tickets are available HEREJune 29 - Leeds Town Hall
July 29 - Theatre Royal, Brighton
September 5 - Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
September 6 - Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle
September 13 - Birmingham Town Hall
September 16 - The Anvil, Basingstoke
September 20 - Parr Hall, Warrington
September 26 - G Live, Guildford
October 3 - Alban Arena, St Albans
October 9 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
October 11 - Palace Theatre, Southend
October 18 - Bath Forum, Bath
October 19 - Yeovil Westlands, Yeovil