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Sir Michael Gambon

Doctor of Letters

July 2007

 

Born in Dublin in 1940, Sir Michael Gambon joined Britain's National Theatre in 1963 after being personally selected by Sir Laurence Olivier. He then went on to work with both the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. His role in Dennis Potter's TV serial The Singing Detective was highly acclaimed and he won awards for his performances in A View from the Bridge and Volpone. He made his Broadway debut in 1997 in New York's Royal Theatre production of David Hare's Skylight.

His film career gained momentum in the late 1980s with films such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. He went on work on a number of diverse films, including A Man of No Importance (1994), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). More recent films include Gosford Park (2001). He also played Aldus Dumbledore in 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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