Vincenzo Nicoli

Vincenzo Nicoli (born 27 July 1958) is a British actor who appears in film, television and theatre. He is best known for roles in blockbuster films, such as Alan Jude in the 1992 science fiction film Alien³ (1992), Enrico Biscaglia in the romantic drama film In Love and War (1996), Tony Genova in the 2016 short film The Naughty List (2016) and Auf Weidersehen, Pet as Sandro.

Vincenzo Nicoli
Born (1958-07-27) 27 July 1958 (age 63)
EducationLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Years active1980–present
Known forAlien³ as Alan Jude
Hank Zipzer as Peter "Papa Pete" Zipzer
TelevisionThe Odyssey as Antinous
EastEnders as Terry and Mad Dog
Mr Selfridge as Uncle Gio
Thomas & Friends as Lorenzo and Beppe
Spouse(s)Heather Bleasdale

He is also best known for his role as Papa Pete in the CBBC children's programme Hank Zipzer (2014–2016) and as the voices of Lorenzo and Beppe in Thomas & Friends (2019–present). Along with actress Flaminia Cinque, he has appeared in Leap Year, The Knot, Brothers of Italy and Mama Cannelloni.

Early lifeEdit

Nicoli was born in Worcester on 27 July 1958 to Italian parents originally from the region of Apulia.

He took a three-year acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), in London, from which he graduated.


He made his acting career when he appeared in the musical Bashville[1] and as a minor character in Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

His television appearances include Rome, Dalziel and Pascoe, Dempsey and Makepeace, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Mr. Selfridge, EastEnders and Foyle's War.[2]

Nicoli appeared as Antinous in the 1997 miniseries The Odyssey for two episodes of the miniseries. From 2014 to 2016, he played Papa Pete in the comedy programme Hank Zipzer with American actor and creator of the series Henry Winkler, who plays Mr. Rock, the music teacher of the title character.[3]

He played a crime boss in the Christopher Nolan superhero film The Dark Knight, featuring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. He has appeared in films such as Captain Phillips (featuring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Catherine Keener), Leap Year, Alien³ (with Sigourney Weaver), Buster, In Love and War (featuring Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell) and The Naughty List.

Nicoli played the role of Jono in the 2014 critically acclaimed short film The Double Deal, where Mark Holden produced and starred in after which Holden receives four awards.

In 2019, he joined the voice cast of Thomas & Friends as the voices of Lorenzo and Beppe in the UK & US versions, respectively.

In 2020, Nicoli appeared as the mobster known as Vincenzo Murgida in the Father Brown episode, "The Folly of Jephthah", which aired on 10 January 2020. Nicoli's character Vincenzo Murgida is considered the most notorious Italian mobster who wants Hercule Flambeau (John Light) to choose his fate.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Nicoli is married to actress Heather Bleasdale. He has a daughter, Ella Nicoli-Horne, from a previous relationship who studies at Bournemouth University. He speaks English and Italian. He upholds his British-Italian citizenship.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Buster Gang Members
1992 Alien³ Alan Jude
The Ballad of Kid Divine: The Cockney Cowboy Diablo
1995 The Perfect Life Dr. McCawley
1996 In Love and War Enrico Biscaglia
2006 The Detonator Yuri Mishalov Direct-to-video
Rabbit Fever Italian Man
Sixty Six Leo
2007 Flight of Fury Peter Stone[5][6] Direct-to-video
Dangerous Parking Greek Fisherman
2008 The Journey Home "Terry" Short film
Bathory: Countess of Blood Zsigmond Bathory
The Dark Knight Crime Boss
2010 Leap Year Stefano
Rojin Man in Suit Short film
Papa Edwardo Short film
2011 National Theatre Live: The Kitchen Alfredo
Will Broker
2012 The Knot Mr. Fernandez
2013 Spiders 3D Caz
Captain Phillips[7] Andrew (Maersk Alabama Crew Member)
2014 The Double Deal Jono Short film
2016 The Naughty List Tony Genova
Slugterra: Mark of the Streaker Slug Sa'mul (voice) Direct-to-video
2018 Artichoke Massimo, The Boss
Brothers of Italy Giuseppe Petrucco Short film
2019 Thomas & Friends: Digs and Discoveries Lorenzo, Beppe, Workers, Passenger (voices) UK/US version
Holy Cannelloni Papa Tony[8] Short film
2020 Artemis Fowl Goblin Sergeant[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Accidental Death of an Anarchist Policeman Television movie
1984 On the Shelf Vincenzo Television movie
1985 Blue Money Second Colombian Television movie
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle Lumps Episode: "One in the Rough"
1986 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Sandro Episode: "Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
The Kit Curran Radio Show Robber Episode: "The Street of Shame"
Titled as Kit Curran in the second season
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Pietro Episode: "The Six Napoleons"
Mixed Doubles Pat Episode: "It's in the Book"
Dempsey and Makepeace Colombian Episode: "The Cortez Connection"
Call Me Mister Dave Episode: "The Carve Up"
1987 Truckers Mafioso Episodes: "Stinking Fish" and "The Heat of the Moment"
1914 All Out Stapleton Television movie
Boon Vito Rossi Episode: "Paper Mafia"
1987–2011 EastEnders Terry / Mad Dog 3 episodes
1988 Hannay Gypsy Episode: "Death with Due Notice"
Wish Me Luck Maurice Granier 5 episodes
Home James! Bouncer Episode: "A Sheep's Eye for an Eye"
1989 Blind Justice Italian Episode: "Crime and Punishment"
Me and My Girl Geordie Episode: "A Bit of Overtime"
Making Out Nico 2 episodes
Flying Lady Rambo Hawkshaw Episode: "The Match"
Made in Spain Johnie Television movie
Hit the Pitch Michael Television movie
1990 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries John Fassbender Episode: "Put on by Cunning"
1991 Very Big Very Soon Georgio Episode: "Double Dealing"
1992 Zorro Jorge Santiago Episode: "Mendoza the Malevolent"
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Kazim Episode: "Palestine, October 1917"
1994 Frank Stubbs Promotes Suggett Episode: "Chinatown"
1995 Joseph Simeon Television movie
Fist of Fun Episode: "#1.4"
Shine on Harvey Moon Azzopardi 3 episodes
1996 The Vet Bruno Pirroda Episode: "A Fresh Start"
1997 The Odyssey Antinous Television miniseries
Episodes: "Part I" and "Part II"
Dalziel and Pascoe Dave Lee Episode: "A Killing Kindness"
1998 The Bill Paul Kane Episode: "Watching the Detectives"
1999 Grange Hill Mr. Savi 2 episodes
Boyz Unlimited Mick McNamara 4 episodes
2002 Black Books Frederick Episode: "Blood"
2003 Twelfth Night, or What You Will Fabian Television movie
2004 Gory Greek Gods Poseidon Television movie
Spooks Ruldolphino Ponti Uncredited
Episode: "Celebrity"
2005 Judge John Deed DS Rex Massey Episode: "Lost and Found"
Rome Lysandros Episode: "Pharsalus"
Ten Days to Victory Colonel Valerio Television documentary movie
Suburban Shootout Emile Lesoux 4 episodes
2008 The Royal Tony Dannini Episode: "To Love and to Lose"
2009 Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant Venetian Ambassador Episode: "Warrior 1509–1525"
2010 Holby City Lloyd Fisher Episode: "The Short Straw"[10]
2013 Run Zak Episode: "Richard"
Television miniseries
The Prey Antonio Fazio Television miniseries
Episode: "Mergers and Acquisitions"
2014–2016 Hank Zipzer Peter "Papa Pete" Zipzer[11] Main cast
26 episodes
2014 Mr. Selfridge Uncle Gio[12] 3 episodes
2015 Foyle's War Grant Episode: "High Castle"
2016 The Coroner Tam Bryant Episode: "The Captain's Pipe"
I Want My Wife Back M'aitre D Episode: "Chapter Four"[13]
Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe Papa Pete Television movie
2019 Urban Myths Alberto Vitale Episode: "The Trial of Joan Collins"
2019–present Thomas & Friends Lorenzo, Beppe (voices) UK/US versions
2020 Father Brown Vincenzo Murgida Episode: "The Folly of Jephthah"[14][15][16]
Housebound Giuseppe 6 episodes
Roadkill George Episode: "#1.3"
Television miniseries

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Zombie Army 4: Dead War Additional Voices (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Bashville Performer
2003 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Gene
2011 The Kitchen Alfredo
2012 The Revenger's Tragedy The Duke
2013 The Shawshank Redemption Bogs Diamond
2014 The Merchant of Venice Duke Of Venice / Prince of Arragon[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Doctor Who: Cry of the Vultriss Pagus
Assets of War[18] Vibax


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  13. ^ Writers: Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni; Director: Paul Norton Walker; Producers: Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni (12 May 2016). "Chapter Four". I Want My Wife Back. BBC. BBC One.
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