Jimmy Nail

Actor, Writer, Singer
A working-class stiff from Newcastle, rough-hewn actor-singer-writer Jimmy Nail first came to prominence as one of the gang of bricklayers in the immensely popular British TV series "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1983-84) and ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1954 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (12)

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

Les (Actor)

Swing 1998 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Evita 1996 (Movie)

Agustin Magaldi (Actor)

Diamond's Edge 1990 (Movie)

Boyle (Actor)

Crusoe 1989 (Movie)

Tarik (Actor)

Dream Demon 1988 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Morons From Outer Space 1985 (Movie)

Desmond Brock (Actor)

Shoot For the Sun 1985 (Movie)

Geordie (Actor)

Master of the Game 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Kingdom (TV Show)

Actor

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

vocals (Music)

Biography

A working-class stiff from Newcastle, rough-hewn actor-singer-writer Jimmy Nail first came to prominence as one of the gang of bricklayers in the immensely popular British TV series "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1983-84) and, after appearing on American TV in the miniseries "Master of the Game" (CBS, 1984) and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985), reprised his role as Oz for a second "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1986) series. Nail co-created and starred as the melancholy detective "Spender" (BBC, 1991-93) before writing, co-executive producing and starring in "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC, 1994), playing a Newcastle factory worker and budding country singer-songwriter. Outstanding as Latin lover Augustin Magaldi, the tango singer who first introduces the young Eva Peron to Buenos Aires, in the film version of "Evita", he returned to the small screen for the sequel "Crocodile Shoes II" (1997). He also reteamed with the writers of "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) for the feature "Still Crazy" (1998), about the reunion of a British rock band in which he played a singer now working as a roofer.

Milestones

1998

Acted in "Still Crazy", about a British rock band reuniting after 20 years; feature reunited him with writers Clement and La Frenais

1996

Portrayed Augustin Magaldi, the tango singer who first introduces the young Eva Peron to Buenos Aires, in the film version of "Evita"

1994

Wrote, co-executive produced and starred in the seven part "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC) as a Newcastle factory worker and budding country singer-songwriter; also wrote and sang the program's theme music, which went straight into the British pop charts at Numbe

1989

Played Rabbetts in "Danny, the Champion of the World" (Disney Channel)

1986

Reprised Oz for a second "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" series, in which the gang journeyed to Spain

1985

Appeared as Vilmos in NBC miniseries "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story"

1984

Made American TV debut in the CBS miniseries "Master of the Game", based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon

1983

First came to prominence as Oz, one of a gang of bricklayers, in British TV's massively successful "Auf Wiedersehen Pet", written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Co-created (with La Frenais) and starred in the BBC undercover detective series "Spender", which led to his writing a best-selling "Spender" novel

Bonus Trivia

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About working on "Evita": "I found it incredibly refreshing simply to be the actor for hire, to go in and be told what to do by somebody I greatly respect. If Alan [Parker, the director] doesn't like something he tells you why, you do it again and then you leave and go home. It was tremendous. I hadn't done that since 'Auf Wiedersehen'." --Jimmy Nail quoted in the London TIMES, October 17, 1997

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