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Nicholas Gleaves is an English actor and playwright.

Nicholas Gleaves
Born (1969-01-01) 1 January 1969 (age 50)
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Lesley Sharp (married 1994)


His first theatre part was as an extra in Don Carlos at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. He did several plays there including the lead in Macbeth. When interviewed about this play he said he never had the superstition that surrounded it, "...all that spitting and spinning round — it all seems like quite hard work".[1]

Gleaves has been in many television shows since 1992.[2] he was Rick Powell in the television drama series Playing the Field. He had the role of Ray Fairburn in Conviction. Conviction was filmed at Salford Lads' Club which delighted Gleaves because of the building's connection to the Smiths.[3] In The Chase he was the father Tom Bedford. In 2009 he said the idea for Survivors, in which he played the scientist Whitaker, was "great".[1] He played DS Andy Roper in the first two series of Scott & Bailey. Of this role he said " I’ve done quite a few cop shows and as much as I enjoy testosterone, shouting at villains and all that, I really fell in love with this. As soon as I read it I saw something new and original. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to be involved because it was so different and very believable."[4]

Gleaves has also started to write shows for radio.[5]

List of creditsEdit


Year Title Role Network Notes
1992 Boon Carl ITV Series 7, Episode 5
Casualty George Reynolds BBC One Series 7, Episode 6
1993 Heartbeat Eric Doubleday ITV Series 2, Episode 8
1994 Faith Andy Morgan ITV
Soldier Soldier Nicholas Pope ITV Series 4, Episode 4
1995 99-1 PC Series 2, Episode 6
Harry Dean Hawkins BBC One Series 2, Episode 7
Moving Story Sam Series 2, Episode 6
Capital Lives Phil Series 2, Episode 3
1996 Ellington Bradley Stokes Series 1, Episode 5
Madson Phil Hartigan BBC Series 1, Episode 6
Poldark Stephen Cravenson TV Movie
1997 Wokenwell Rudy Whiteside ITV
Lloyds Bank Channel 4 Film Challenge Chalky Channel 4 Short film: Ajax
1998 The Bill Danny Charlton ITV Tainted Love: 3 Episodes.
1998-2002 Playing the Field Rick Powell BBC One 14 Episodes
2000 My Fragile Heart Joe Macavoy
2001 In Deep Bradley Sullivan BBC Romeo Trap: 2 Episodes
Perfect Mike TV Movie
Now You See Her Paul Sky 1 TV Movie
Linda Green Carl Williamson BBC One Series 1, Episode 8
2002 Being April Eddie BBC 6 Episodes
2003 The Queen's Nose Duncan CBBC 5 Episodes
2004 Dalziel and Pascoe Sam Mattis BBC One Series 8, Episode 4
Down to Earth Steve Benson 2 Episodes
Doctors Pete Preston BBC One Series 6, Episode 1
Conviction Ray Fairburn 6 Episodes
2005 Heartbeat Barry Calder ITV Series 14, Episode 15
Silent Witness Phil Elliot BBC One 2 Episodes
2006 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Simon Wilson BBC One Series 5, Episode 1
2006-2007 The Chase Tom Bedford BBC One
2007 City Lights Gary Tate ITV 6 Episodes
2008 Fallout Matt Ryder TV Movie
2008-2010 Survivors James Whitaker BBC One
2009 Robin Hood Thornton BBC One Series 3, Episode 9
Murderland Oliver ITV
2010 Foyle's War Larry Haines ITV Series 6, Episode 2
Ashes to Ashes Geoff Bevan BBC One Series 3, Episode 5
Reunited Andrew TV Pilot
2011 Twenty Twelve Anthony Preston BBC Four Series 1, Episode 1
Waterloo Road Richard Whitman BBC One 6 Episodes
2011-2012 Scott & Bailey Andy Roper ITV Series 1 and 2
2012 Public Enemies Trevor Brotherton BBC One
2013 Jo Maurice Langlois TF1 Series 1, Episode 1
Vera Tim Hopkins ITV Series 3, Episode 1
2014 Marvellous Rev Mark BBC Two TV Movie
Chasing Shadows Alex Wernley ITV 2 Episodes
2016 Cold Feet Trevor Green ITV Series 6, Episodes 2 & 3
2018 Bodyguard BBC One
Coronation Street Duncan Radfield ITV Regular role
The Split Mr Graham
2019 The Demon Headmaster The Headmaster CBBC Title role


Year Title Role
1993 Century Daniel
1994 Fever Jo
1999 Safer
2006 Half Light Robert Freedman
2006 Starter for 10 Speaker for Nuclear Disarmament
2006 Mysterious Creatures Richard Nicholas
2008 Incendiary Lenny
2009 A Congregation of Ghosts Ellis Baxter
2010 Chatroom Paul
2014 United Passions Henri Delaunay
2015 Nightstand Rob
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Guterman


His theatre credits include:

Personal lifeEdit

Originally from the Halliwell area of Bolton, Lancashire, England he attended Sharples School from 1980-85.[1][14] After completing his schooling his mother made him attend a play and this sparked his interest in acting.[1] He is a fan of the Smiths and long time supporter of Bolton Wanderers.[3] He is married to Lesley Sharp. They have two sons and reside in London.[3][15]


  1. ^ a b c d Dibbits, Kat (23 February 2009). "Nicholas' Exchange "homecoming"". The Bolton News. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Gleaves". IMDb. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Nicholas Gleaves Cops a Dream Role". Manchester Evening News. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Nicholas Gleaves - Series 2 Interview". Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Nicholas Gleaves". Knight Hall Agency Ltd. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  6. ^ Butler, Robert (21 December 1997). "The Critics: Theatre: Peter Pan really takes off". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  7. ^ "The Front Page". Chase Side. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ Wolf, Matt (8 June 2005). "Review: 'On the Shore of the Wide World'". Variety. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ Ansdell, Caroline (15 November 2005). "MEN Names 2005 Manchester Award Nominees". What'sOnStage. Archived from the original on 28 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  10. ^ Kirwan, Peter (12 March 2009). "Macbeth @ The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester". The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  11. ^ Waites, Aline (22 June 2010). "Dr Faustus". What'sOnStage. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  12. ^ Lawson, Christopher. "Chair". Plays to See. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  13. ^ Jones, Helen (23 March 2013). "The Saga of Noggin the Nog (Tour - Salford)". What'sOnStage. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Alumni". Sharples School. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  15. ^ Kevan, Paul (19 October 2009). "Lesley Sharp gives voice to the quieter life". Metro. Retrieved 8 November 2014.

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