MICHAEL PALIN established his reputation with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as A Private Function, Fierce Creatures and a BAFTA winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda.
Michael wrote and appeared in the films The Missionary, American Friends and the television plays East of Ipswich and Number 27.
He played Jim Nelson in Alan Bleasdale’s GBH and presented two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys.
Michael has written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series Around the World in 80 Days; Pole to Pole; Full Circle; Hemingway Adventure; Sahara; Himalaya; New Europe and Brazil.
He is also the author of a number of children’s stories, the play The Weekend and the novels Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth. Michael has published three volumes of diaries; 1969–1979: The Python Years and 1980-1988: Halfway to Hollywood, and 1988-1998: Travelling to Work.
In 2014, Michael, with his fellow Pythons, performed a ten-night sell out show at the 02 Arena in London – Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.
More recently Michael starred in a three-part contemporary ghost story for the BBC called Remember Me and narrated a new version of the classic children’s TV series The Clangers. In 2017 he appeared as Molotov in Armando Iannucci’s film The Death of Stalin.
Between 2009 and 2012 Michael was President of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2013 Michael was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship.