No, Brian Blessed's not dead, he's just given the best interview ever


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There was panic on social media sites when Brian Blessed's name began trending on Saturday morning, with many fearing that the actor had died.

But fear not, the big-voiced Yorkshireman is alive and kicking and getting a lot of love on Twitter for a interview he did with The Guardian that saw his name spike in the trending charts.

Because Brian Blessed - the man who said he chewed through the umbilical cord and licked the face of a newborn child after delivering it in Richmond Park - has given the most Brian Blessed interview ever.

As well as declaring himself immortal, the 79-year-old recalled an embarrassing story about putting a condom on a statue at BBC Television Centre, claimed he's a fully trained cosmonaut and that he has saved a dying man on Everest.

Here are a few of the gems from his Guardian Weekend Q&A.

Brian Blessed
Social media has been kind to Blessed: he was made the voice of a new Sat Nav after 25,000 fans made a Facebook campaign in 2010 (David Parry/PA)

What is your screensaver?
A photograph of the north face of Mount Everest. I have been there three times, the last time I was only a few feet from the top but I had to rescue a man who was dying.

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Trump. He is a fart.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Frightening bullies.

How often do you have sex?
All I'll say about sex is, I don't need that bloody blue pill.

The next thing the man who'll live forever is doing is directing his wife and daughter in a new production of Agatha Christie's The Hollow at The Mill in Reading from July 7.