During nearly 70-year career, English actor Christopher Lee became famous for his villains, typically as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003). He was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and the BFI Fellowship in 2013 for his contribution in art. With his deeply melodic basso voice, he also extended to singing career with the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, which earned him the Spirit of Metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.
At the age of 17, Christopher Lee graduated from Wellington College before getting a job as an office clerk in London shipping companies. After serving in the Royal Air Force for six years during World War II, he joined the Rank Organisation in 1947 to study acting and then got several small roles in such films as Corridor of Mirrors (1948), Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948) and Moulin Rouge (1952).
Christopher Lee got married to Danish painter and former model Birgit Krøncke on 17 March 1961 with a daughter named Christina Erika Carandini Lee (born1963).