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Joe Sims

Joe Sims is a Bristol-born actor[1] known primarily for his role in ITV's drama Broadchurch where he played plumber Nige Carter.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Sims was born in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, and raised in Kingswood.[1] He attended Sir Bernard Lovell School, where he was inspired to act by a drama teacher who introduced him to the Bristol Old Vic company.[1] Sims later attended Filton College[3] before studying at Middlesex University and under scholarship at the University of San Francisco.[3]


In 2012, Sims he won an Offie award for "People's Favourite Male Performance" for his role as alleged Texan killer Lee Fenton in As We Forgive Them at the Arcola Theatre in London.[4]

Sims has appeared extensively on television and stage and has a real ear for voices and accents performing over 100 different characters for radio including radio drama The Archers,[2] whilst his varied TV appearances include Endeavour, Father Brown, Ultimate Force, Uncle, The Basil Brush Show, children's animation Chuggington and BBC One drama Casualty.[5]

In 2009, Sims played the role of Sergeant De Graffe in the Indonesian film Merah Putih, as well as its 2010 sequel, Derah Garuda.

In 2013, Sims first appeared as Nigel Carter in ITV's BAFTA winning drama Broadchurch. He reprised the role for the programme's second and third series.[1]

In 2014, Sims voiced Creighton the Wanderer & Magerold of Lanafir in Dark Souls II. He also portrayed the murderer of Joanna Yeates, Dutchman Vincent Tabak, in the BAFTA winning ITV docu-drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.

In 2016, Sims played the recurring role of Greff who is the head of the mining community in ITV's Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. In 2017 he appeared in Fox TV's Houdini & Doyle, Midsomer Murders, Sci-Fi cult hit Red Dwarf and Series 2 of Stan Lee's Lucky Man. In 2018 He played evil Step Father Dean in a 4 part adaptation of Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin and shot a feature film playing King Duncan in Macbeth.

Sims was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards for his role in BBC Radio 4's drama Lifelines where he played a suicidal boxer.

The following year he was nominated for Best Actor at the 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards for his role as Charlie Hammond in Oliver Park: The Easter Riots

In 2018, Sims was reported to have started filming for a new regular role in Netflix Emmy winning series Free Rein.


  1. ^ a b c d "Bristol actor Joe Sims reveals his long road from 'gobby kid' to stardom". The Bristol Post. 2 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Frost, Caroline (15 June 2013). "'Broadchurch' Actor Joe Sims, Aka Nige The Creepy Plumber Reckons 'British Public Have Got It In For Bald People'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Award winning actor remembers his roots". South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. ^ Milazzo, Franco (12 February 2012). "In Pictures: The 2012 Off West End Awards". The Londonist. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  5. ^ Houseman, John (21 December 2012). "Actor Joe thrilled at role in TV drama". The Bristol Post. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.