The veteran actor, now 79, has had a new £27,000 pacemaker fitted, a piece of kit which he claims now makes him feel like ‘a million dollar man’. 'Flash Gordon’ star and adventurer Blessed had the pacemaker fitted after he collapsed while on stage performing in 'King Lear’ in Guildford last year. “I saw these doctors who had this new pacemaker, which is made by Boston Scientific, who said they would come over and help fit it,” he went on.
Brian Blessed reckons that he threw away a picture sketched for him by Picasso, because he thought it was rubbish. Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers’ sold in New York in May for £130 million, the highest price ever paid for a painting. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, and when asked if he’d ever learned any harsh lessons about money, the perennially good value Blessed details how he approached the painter and cubist somewhat brazenly in a gallery in Sheffield, aged 12.