Michael Gambon Biography
Sir Michael John Gambon CBE is an accomplished actor from Ireland, who has made his mark in theatre, television, and film. His portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise garnered him international recognition, but he was already renowned as one of the greatest actors of his time.
During World War II, Michael Gambon came into the world in Cabra, Dublin. Initially, he worked briefly as a toolmaker and engineer before dedicating himself to the study of classical art. Michael’s parents were Edward Gambon, who worked as an engineer, and Mary (née Hoare), who worked as a seamstress.
Making his first appearance on the big screen, Michael Gambon landed his debut role in Laurence Olivier’s Othello in 1965. After that, he starred in leading romantic roles, most notably as the dashing Gavin Ker in the BBC TV series, The Borderers (1968-70).
Sir Ralph Richardson, who has since passed away, referred to him as “The Great Gambon”. Today, Michael Gambon is widely recognized as one of the foremost figures in British theater. He was awarded a CBE in 1992.