Paul Nicholls (actor)
Gerard Paul Greenhalgh (born 12 April 1979), known professionally as Paul Nicholls, is an English actor. He is known for his roles as Joe Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, DS Sam Casey in the ITV drama Law & Order: UK, and Steve Bell in the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge.
Gerard Paul Greenhalgh
12 April 1979
(m. 2008; div. 2015)
Nicholls made his television debut in 1990 at the age of 10, in Children's Ward. In 1994, he appeared in the BBC children's drama Earthfasts and The Biz, a teenage performing arts drama filmed at Hampton Court. In 1996, he appeared in an episode of Out of the Blue. Later that year, Nicholls began portraying the role of Joe Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role which he played until 1997.
Nicholls appeared in several teenage stage roles, notably as Aladdin in Aladdin - Genie of the Ring at the Central Theatre in Chatham (1996–1997), and he made his London stage debut as Billy Fisher in the 1998 production of Billy Liar, at the King's Head Theatre in Islington.
Nicholls' 2008 career began as the character Robert Fielding in Harley Street alongside Suranne Jones. He also played Harry Keegan in Secret Diary of a Call Girl alongside Billie Piper, Judas in another BBC series entitled The Passion, and appeared in A Thing Called Love. He then appeared in the 2012 feature film Life Just Is.
Nicholls also appeared as Simon Marshall in the BBC hospital drama serial Holby City between May and July 2012, and played Cal Beckett in Channel 4's crime thriller, The Fear. He played the role of DS Sam Casey in ITV's Law & Order: UK until the end of series 7 in 2013.
From 2017 to 2018, Nicholls portrayed the role of Steve Bell in the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge. From September to October 2018, Nicholls starred alongside Iwan Rheon in Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre. In January 2019, Nicholls took over the role of Raymond from Mathew Horne in the British touring production of Rain Man.
In July 2017, Nicholls was badly injured while on holiday in Thailand after falling from a waterfall in Ko Samui. As his mobile phone was broken, he was left stranded at the bottom of the waterfall for three days, and only rescued by volunteer rescuers, police and medics after locals alerted police to the motorcycle he had travelled on, which lay abandoned nearby. He was later taken to hospital, suffering from broken legs and a shattered knee. Nicholls' agent said he was "recovering well".
|1999||The Trench||Pte. Billy Macfarlane|
|1999||The Clandestine Marriage||Richard Lovewell|
|2000||Self Help||Greene||Short Film|
|2001||Goodbye Charlie Bright||Charlie Bright|
|2002||High Speed||Ruben||Also known as The Ride and Joy-Rider|
|2004||If Only||Ian Wyndham|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Jed|
|2012||Life Just Is||Bobby|
|2013||A Long Way From Home||Mark|
|1990||Children's Ward||1 episode|
|1995||The Biz||Tim Marshall||Series regular|
|1996||Out of the Blue||Matt Pearson||1 episode|
|1996–1997||EastEnders||Joe Wicks||Series regular; 175 episodes|
|1998–1999||City Central||PC Terry Sydenham||Series regular|
|2001||Table 12||Ol||1 episode|
|2001||Gimme Gimme Gimme||Himself||Comic Relief Special|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales||Jerome||1 episode: "The Wife of Bath"|
|2003||Blue Dove||Nick Weston||8 part series|
|2004||Gunpowder, Treason & Plot||Lord Darnley||2 part mini-series|
|2004||A Thing Called Love||Gary Scant||6 part series|
|2006||Hustle||Adam Rice||Episode: “Law and Corruption”|
|2006||Girls Aloud: Off The Record||Narrator||6 episodes|
|2007||Agatha Christie's Marple||Ted Latimer||Episode: "Towards Zero"|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Terry||Television film|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Connor Gruff||Episode: “Billy Goat”|
|2008||The Passion||Judas||4 part series|
|2008||Bonekickers||James||1 episode: "Army of God"|
|2008||Harley Street||Dr. Robert Fielding||6 part series|
|2011||Secret Diary of a Call Girl||Harry Keegan||3 episodes|
|2011||Candy Cabs||Tony McQueen||3 part series|
|2012–2013||Law & Order: UK||DS Sam Casey||Series regular|
|2012||Midsomer Murders||Dave Foxely||Episode: “A Rare Bird”|
|2012||Holby City||Simon Marshall||Recurring role|
|2012||Lake Placid: The Final Chapter||Ryan Loflin||Television film|
|2012||The Fear||Cal Beckett||Recurring role|
|2013||Great Night Out||Scott||1 episode|
|2015||The C-Word||Pete Lynch||Television film|
|2016||Death in Paradise||Jay Croker||1 episode|
|2016||Grantchester||Reggie Lawson||1 episode|
|2016||In the Club||Nathan Parker||Main role; 4 episodes|
|2017–2018||Ackley Bridge||Steve Bell||Main role; 15 episodes|
- Parker, Matt. "Remember Paul Nicholls? Here's What He Looks Like Now!". Eighties Kids. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- Published Monday, 16 January 2012, 10:30 GMT (16 January 2012). "Paul Nicholls: 'I can't remember EastEnders' - EastEnders News - Soaps". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 June 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- "An unconvincing Liar". The Daily Telegraph. 19 June 1998. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Leigh Holmwood (19 November 2008). "ITV axes medical drama Harley Street | Media | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Press Office - The Passion: Paul Nicholls plays Judas". BBC. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Life Just Is credits". Edinburgh International Film Festival. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Paul Nicholls to join cast of Holby City". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- McCreesh, Louise (30 June 2017). "Ackley Bridge will return for a second series in 2018 and have TWICE the number of episodes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- "Paul Nicholls and Chris Fountain to star in Rain Man UK tour 2019 extension". What's On Stage. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Louise Ford (3 August 2008). "Ex-EastEnders star Paul Nicholls marries in secret - 3am & Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- BBC News (19 July 2017). "Actor Paul Nicholls rescued from Thailand waterfall". BBC News. Retrieved 19 July 2017.