Nicholas Clay

Actor
Nicholas Clay was born to working-class parents in Streatham, London and had a yen for the stage very early in his life. After graduating from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he immediately began securing ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1946 in South London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Hotel Shanghai 1997 (Movie)

Bobbie Russell (Actor)

Lionheart 1987 (Movie)

Charles DeMontfort (Actor)

Sleeping Beauty 1987 (Movie)

Prince (Actor)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Series II 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie Stories, Series II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Corsican Brothers 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Days of Pompeii 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

Patrick Redfern (Actor)

Lady Chatterley's Lover 1982 (Movie)

Oliver Mellors (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 (Movie)

Jack Stapleton (Actor)

Excalibur 1981 (Movie)

Lancelot (Actor)

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Lieutenant Raw (Actor)

Lovespell 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Victor Frankenstein 1977 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The Darwin Adventure 1971 (Movie)

Charles Darwin (Actor)

The Night Digger 1970 (Movie)

Billy Jarvis (Actor)

These Are the Damned 1961 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

In This House of Brede (TV Show)

Actor

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Nicholas Clay was born to working-class parents in Streatham, London and had a yen for the stage very early in his life. After graduating from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he immediately began securing roles on the stage, being cast in several productions at the Old Vic Theatre, led by Sir Laurence Olivier. He quickly moved on to films and TV productions in England. His first breakthrough role came with 1972's "The Darwin Adventure," in which he was cast as Charles Darwin. Audiences came in droves to 1981's "Lady Chatterley's Lover," but that was more due to co-star Sylvia Kristel's nude scenes. His career really started to take off in the 1980s, when he was cast in his biggest role as Lancelot in John Boorman's Arthurian epic, "Excalibur." That film was a worldwide success, and opened the door for many other roles throughout the decade. In the 1980s, Clay was given a screen test for the role of James Bond, but sadly didn't get the role. He primarily worked in television for the latter half of his career, with a recurring role on the BBC series "Virtual Murder" being the most notable. Clay passed away of liver cancer in 2000, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

Relationships

Bill Clay

Father

Rose Clay

Mother
survived him

Ella Clay

Daughter
born c. 1981

Madge Clay

Daughter
born c. 1986

Lorna Heilbron

Wife
married in 1980

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