Gregory Finnegan

Gregory Finnegan is a British actor.

Gregory Finnegan
Years active2002–present
Known forRole of James Nightingale in Hollyoaks
Spouse(s)Ariana Fraval (m. 2011)


Finnegan studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His first television acting role was as Gabriel Brennan on the Sky One drama Is Harry on the Boat?. He later appeared in the film Winter Solstice and on the Channel 4 drama The Courtroom.

Finnegan also made appearances on Mile High, Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures , the Crime drama The Last Detective as well as the BBC One show Spooks. Finnegan joined the cast of Family Affairs in 2005 as Nigel Dudley. Afterwards, he played the role of Terry in the short drama Fuse and on Blitz as a computer Geek. He played the role of Dr Alex Arnott for one episode of EastEnders,[2] making an appearance on Doctors as Duncan Montague in 2011 and David Hewitt in 2012. Finnegan appeared on Valentine's Kiss as Henry Kendrick and as Owen Stanway in Casualty.

In January 2016, Finnegan joined the cast of Hollyoaks as James Nightingale. He was introduced as the lawyer of Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring), before it was revealed that he was the son of Mac Nightingale (David Easter). Since his arrival, Finnegan's character James has been in a relationship with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton), involved in a love-triangle with characters Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) and Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool), as well as being involved in a historical abuse storyline with his father Mac. Finnegan was shortlisted for Best Actor at the 2017 British Soap Awards[3] and was also long-listed for Best Actor and Bad Boy at the Inside Soap Awards the same year [4] but did not make the shortlist [5] In 2019, Finnegan won the British Soap Award for Best Actor for his role in Hollyoaks.[6]


  1. ^ "Greg Finnegan".
  2. ^ "BBC One - EastEnders, 23/09/2011". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  3. ^ Dainty, Sophie (9 May 2017). "Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks top the shortlist for the British Soap Awards 2017". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  4. ^ Harp, Justin (22 August 2017). "Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks all make the Inside Soap Awards longlist". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (31 October 2017). "Inside Soap Awards 2017 shortlist revealed – which Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks stars are up for prizes?". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Hollyoaks' Gregory Finnegan wins Best Actor at British Soap Awards 2019". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 3 July 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2020.

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