Paul Nicholls

Actor
Former child actor Paul Nicholls quickly became a heartthrob when he segued to adult roles in 1996 as the troubled young Joe Wicks on the popular British serial "EastEnders". The tall, brown-haired actor's portrayal of ... Read more »
Born: 04/11/1979 in Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (18)

A Long Way from Home 2013 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Law & Order: UK 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life Just Is 2012 (Movie)

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Telstar 2009 (Movie)

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Daylight Robbery 2008 (Movie)

Chubby (Actor)

Faintheart 2008 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Miss Marple Series III 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hustle 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

If Only 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Canterbury Tales 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goodbye Charlie Bright 2001 (Movie)

Charlie Bright (Actor)

Strong Boys 2001 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Trench 2000 (Movie)

Billy Macfarlane (Actor)

The Clandestine Marriage 1999 (Movie)

Richard Lovewell (Actor)

The Return of Tommy Tricker 1994 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Daylight Robbery (Movie)

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High Speed (Movie)

Ruben (Actor)

Biography

Former child actor Paul Nicholls quickly became a heartthrob when he segued to adult roles in 1996 as the troubled young Joe Wicks on the popular British serial "EastEnders". The tall, brown-haired actor's portrayal of the schizophrenic teenager was appropriately powerful and sensitive. In some ways, though his acting skills were overshadowed by his status as a teen idol; just as his performances were becoming truly impressive, his likeness was featured on countless magazines and posters bought up by his many fans. Just over a year after joining the cast, Nicholls left "EastEnders" in 1997 and briefly considered giving up acting altogether for a career behind the camera. Instead, he joined the cast of the BBC police drama series "City Central" (1998- ). Working on this show helped to boost his confidence as an actor and transcended his sex symbol image. His lead role in the 1998 London stage production of "Billy Liar" further established him as a serious actor and not just another pretty face. Nicholls finally segued to the big screen as the star of the WWI drama "The Trench" (1999).

Relationships

Carrie

Companion
born c. 1976 met at Cannes dating as of May 2000 no longer together

Kelly Greenhalgh

Sister

Rebecca Callard

Companion
three years his senior daughter of Beverly Callard, star of British soap "Coronation Street"

Joanna Clarke

Companion
no longer together

Jane Danson

Companion
no longer dating

Paul Greenhalgh

Father
divorced from Nicholls' mother

Julie Greenhalgh

Mother
divorced from Nicholls' father

Jennifer Love Hewitt Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 2002

Martine McCutcheon

Companion
appeared together on "EastEnders"

Daniella Westbrook

Companion
born c. 1973 romantically involved in 1996 when both appeared on "EastEnders" no longer together she became a cocaine addict

EDUCATION

Church Road Primary School

Bolton

Smithills School

Bolton
left school at age 16 in 1995

Milestones

2002

Acted on the London stage in "The Promise" and later in "Vincent in Brixton"

2001

Starred in the feature "Goodbye, Charlie Bright"

2000

Co-starred with Jessica Lange, Charles Dance and Paul Rudd in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

2000

Acted on stage in the London production of "Mrs. Steinberg and the Byker Boy"; played a gay social worker

1999

Feature film debut in the WWI drama "The Trench"

1999

Starred in the British TV drama "The Passion", playing an actor hired to portray Jesus in a Passion Play

1999

Co-starred with Nigel Hawthorne and Joan Collins in the feature "The Clandestine Marriage"

1998

Played title role in the London stage production of "Billy Liar"

1998

Joined the cast of the BBC police drama series "City Central"

1996

Garnered attention as a teenaged father who murders his child in an episode of "Out of the Blue"

1994

Acted in the children's drama "The Biz" (BBC); was regular in the first two series and made guest appearances in the third

1992

Appeared on the BBC mystery series "Earthfasts"

1989

Began acting at age 10 with the Oldham Theatre Workshop

1989

TV acting debut, a three-line role on the ITV hospital drama "Children's Ward"

Played disturbed teenager Joe Wicks on the popular BBC serial "EastEnders"

Appeared as Jack in the pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk"

Bonus Trivia

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There is a fan website at www.paulnicholls.com

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On joining the cast of "City Central", Nicholls told THE TIMES (May 24, 1998): "Everybody had this vision of me being there because I was this pin-up boy from 'EastEnders', but it made me feel good that these amazing actors were saying to me that I was okay after scenes. I felt I did a very alright performance, whereas most of the time I feel I'm crap."

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"He's our very own Leonardo DiCaprio. He's wonderfully good-looking but, more importantly, he knows how to act and he's willing to learn how to be better." --Joan Collins, quoted after working with Nicholls in "The Clandestine Marriage"

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