Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television presenter.
He was born on May 5, 1943, in Ranmoor, Sheffield, the second child and only son of Edward Moreton Palin and Mary Rachel Lockhart.
Palin’s father was an educated engineer who worked for a steel firm, while his mother’s grandfather was a Lieutenant-Colonel who was once the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire.
Palin’s early life was defined by his education at Birkdale and Shrewsbury School.
At the age of five, he had his first acting experience at Birkdale, playing Martha Cratchit in a school performance of A Christmas Carol.
Even at that young age, it was clear that acting was his passion. This was reinforced at age 10 when Palin made a comedy monologue and read a Shakespeare play to his mother while playing all the parts.
After leaving Shrewsbury in 1962, Palin went on to read modern history at Brasenose College, Oxford.
It was there that he met fellow student Robert Hewison, and the two performed and wrote comedy material together for the first time at a university Christmas party.
Terry Jones, another Oxford student, saw their performance and began writing with Hewison and Palin.
That year Palin joined the Brightside and Carbrook Co-operative Society Players, where he won an acting award at a Co-op drama festival.
He also performed and wrote in the Oxford Revue (called the Et ceteras) with Jones.
Palin’s career really took off in the late 1960s when he became a founding member of the Monty Python comedy group, along with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman.
The group’s television show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, ran from 1969 to 1974, and their films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian, are considered comedy classics. Palin’s ability to play a wide range of characters, from the uptight British Army officer in the “Upperclass Twit of the Year” sketch to the absurdly cheerful Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson, made him a fan favorite.
Helen Gibbins Cause of Death
British actor, comedian, writer and television presenter Michael Palin has announced the death of his wife, Helen, just weeks after the couple celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
The announcement was made through a statement posted on Palin’s website, where he expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of his beloved wife.
According to Palin, his wife had been suffering from chronic pain for several years and was diagnosed with kidney failure a few years ago, which worsened her condition.
Helen Gibbins, Palin’s wife, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving behind a grieving husband, three children, and four grandchildren.
Palin and his wife first met over 60 years ago, when they were both sixteen, on a summer holiday on the Suffolk coast.
They later married in their early twenties and have been together ever since. The couple had three children together – Thomas, William and Rachel.
Helen was a bedrock of Palin’s life. Her quietly wise judgment informed all his decisions, and her humour and practical good sense were at the heart of their life together, as stated by Palin in his statement.
Palin had previously spoken about his wife’s illness in an interview with the Telegraph last year, after she moved into respite care.
He mentioned that they were living life with their fingers crossed, hoping for the best.
He also talked about his own health issues, including heart surgery in 2019, reminding himself that his body isn’t indestructible, and he must know when to stop working as well as when to start again.