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Paul Nicholas became a household favourite with his role as Vince in the BAFTA Award-winning BBC television series Just Good Friends and for LWT’s major drama series Bust for which he was nominated Best Actor. His theatrical success began in 1969 as Claude in the original London production of Hair. This was followed by the lead role of Jesus in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Danny in the original London production of Grease with Elaine Paige as Sandy, and as the Bully of the Boulevard in Richard O’Brien’s T-Zee at the Royal Court. He then went on to appear in Carl Davis musical Pilgrim for the Prospect Theatre Company.

Paul joined Frank Dunlop's Young Vic company where he played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and also appeared in John Antrobus’s comedy Crete And Sergeant Pepper. Paul created the role of the Rum Tum Tugger in Lord Lloyd Webber’s Cats having done the original workshop production at Andrew's Sydmonton home with fellow actors Gemma Craven and Gary Bond. He followed this with the title role in Sir Tim Rice’s musical Blondel and Harold Fieldings production of Charlie Girl at the Victoria Palace with Cyd Charise. He appeared as the Pirate King in the highly successful production of Pirates Of Penzance and starred in the first ever national tour of Barnum for which he was trained in all circus skills including tightrope walking and juggling.

At the end of 1991 Paul was the subject of This Is Your Life. For his service to show business and charity Paul was awarded a Silver Heart from the Variety Club Of Great Britain.

Aside from Just Good Friends, Paul’s television work includes Season Of The Witch, Early Struggles, Two Up Two Down (BBC); Chips (MGM/NBC); The Lady Killers (Granada); The Boys From Ipanema (ATV); A Little Rococo (Yorkshire Television); Doubting Thomas (TVS); Close To Home (2 series) (LWT) and numerous appearances including four Royal Variety Performances. His venture into pop singing in 1976 resulted in four top ten UK hits including the USA two million best seller Heaven On The Seventh Floor. Paul has since received a further four gold albums. He presented his own pop series on Granada TV called Paul as well as a one-hour special for Thames television Paul and Friends. His major film credits include Tommy, Stardust, Lisztomania, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The World Is Full Of Married Men, Whatever Happened To Jack And Jill, Yesterday’s Hero, Alice, The Jazz Singer, Blind Terror with Mia Farrow, The Nutcracker with Joan Collins and Invitation To The Wedding with Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud.

In 1992 Paul formed a production company with fellow actor David Ian. The 20th anniversary concert tour of Jesus Christ Superstar was a complete sell-out. They followed this success with The Greatest Shows In Town (Bournemouth International Centre) where the show broke box office records.

Paul and David went on to produce a sell-out tour of The Pirates Of Penzance in which Paul starred as the Pirate King. They also produced in 1995 the tour of Singin’ In The Rain directed by Tommy Steele with Paul in the lead role and tours of Chess and Evita. Paul also directed The Rocky Horror Show.' Whilst touring with Richard O'Brien in Hair in 1971, Paul made the very first professional recordings of 2 songs from the yet to be produced Rocky Horror Show with Richard O'Brien singing, The Sword of Damocles and a track entitled Very Fifities, where Richard does the voices of Brad, Janet and Dr. Scott. The songs were produced in a recording studio in Manchester with the Hair band and several of the cast of Hair singing backing vocals.

In June 1996 Paul played the role of King Arthur in the Covent Garden Festival’s production of Camelot. He repeated his role of King Arthur in a Radio 2 production of Camelot.

In 1997, Paul completed a national tour of Michael Cooney’s The Dark Side with Jenny Seagrove and a tour of The Mysterious Mr Love alongside Susan Penhaligon in a two-hander written by Karoline Leach. After a successful tour, the play transferred to the West End’s Comedy Theatre.

In February 1998, he starred in the play Catch Me If You Can along with Christopher Eccleston. This was followed by a new musical adaptation of Dickens’s A Tale Of Two Cities, a musical developed by Paul and produced with Bill Kenwright in which he played Sidney Carton.

In 1999 Paul’s autobiography Behind The Smile was published by Andre Deutsch and in 2000, Paul appeared in the television series Sunburn and played the role of Ronnie Buchan in the new police drama series Burnside. Later that year he was happy to create the role of John Smith in Ray Cooney’s sequel to the hit comedy Run For Your Wife – the aptly titled Caught In The Net. Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates are responsible for co-producing two of London’s biggest hit musicals; Grease, on which they joined forces with the legendary impresario Robert Stigwood, and Saturday Night Fever which opened at the London Palladium in May 1998 and on Broadway in October 1999. Both shows began UK tours commencing in 2000. They also produced the successful West End revival of Ain`t Misbehavin` Paul then played the title role in the national tour of Doctor Dolittle and starred in Eric Chappell’s brand-new comedy Snakes And Ladders with Ian Ogilvy.

Recent theatre has included Tevye in the national tour of Fiddler On The Roof & Stagestruck by Simon Gray at Windsor. He also produced and starred in the UK tour of Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical.

Recent television includes playing guest leads in two episodes of The Bill, Doctors, Heartbeat and Holby City. Paul recently learned to show-jump for the BBC Sports Aid shows Only Fools On Horses. Paul has presented on radio including two series of Mad About Musicals (Radio 2), the children’s series Cats Whiskers (Radio 4). As well as his own music show Paul And Friends For Thames Television. Paul is the voice of ‘Spot’ the dog, a show for children and Creepy Crawlies for Cosgrove Hall. Forthcoming productions include the Broadway production of 42nd Street, pre West End tour 2007. Schwartz Stories, a new musical at the Kings Head. Keeler a new play based on the life of Christine Keeler, which Paul will direct - Upstairs at The Gatehouse in February 2007.

Producing Grease on Broadway and The West End 2007. Paul begins filming the new daytime medical drama The Royal Today in July 2007.

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Nicholas's father Oscar Beuselinck was the leading showbiz of his generation lawyer. During the 1970s, his father's family home was at Letchmore Heath, Watford opposite the Bhaktivedanta manor, whose clients included Jack Hilton, Robert Stigwood, The Who, Sean Connery, MGM, and John Osbourne amongst others. Nicholas's grandparents, Winnie and Oscar, lived in a small cottage in the grouunds of the family home. Nicholas's grandfather had been a seaman in the merchant navy during the second world war having originated from Belgium. For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ...

Nicholas began his pop career as early as 1960. Adopting the stage name Paul Dean, he formed Paul Dean & The Dreamers who were booked to support The Savages, the backing band for the eccentric British rocker, Screaming Lord Sutch. It was here that Sutch first noticed the young Nicholas, who was soon became pianist with the Savages. Eccentric is from the Greek for out of the centre, as opposed to concentric, in the centre. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... David Edward Sutch (or Screaming Lord Sutch) (November 10, 1940 – June 16, 1999) was an English musician, politician and maverick. ...

Still using the name Paul Dean, Nicholas released two solo singles in 1965-66. After taking a new stage name, Oscar, he began a long association with the Australian born entrepreneur, Robert Stigwood. In 1966, Nicholas signed with Stigwood's Reaction Records label and his first single under his new name, "Club of Lights", managed to scrape into the lower reaches of the Radio London Fab Forty chart. In music, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer (solo is an Italian word literally meaning alone). ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For the sequel to the computer game Entrepreneur, which has no article of its own, see The Corporate Machine. ... Robert Stigwood (born April 16, 1934 in Adelaide, Australia) is an Australian-born entertainment entrepreneur. ... Reaction Records was a shortlived record label, started by Robert Stigwood in 1967. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Wonderful Radio Londons transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy Don Pierson in 1964 Wonderful Radio London also known as Big L, was a top 40 (in Londons case, the Fab 40) offshore commercial station that operated from 16 December 1964 to 14 August 1967, from a ship anchored in... Radio London The Fab 40 ( Fabulous Forty) was a weekly playlist of popular records used by the British pirate radio station Wonderful Radio London (also known as Big L) which broadcast off the Essex coast from 1964-7. ...

The second Oscar single was a version of a Pete Townshend song, "Join My Gang", which The Who never recorded. His third single, a novelty song called "Over The Wall We Go" (1967) is notable for being written and produced by a young David Bowie, and it gained a degree of notoreity because of Bowie's tongue-in-cheek lyrics concerning escaped prisoners and incompetent policemen, which satirised a rash of highly-publicised prison break-outs in the UK. Nicholas went to work for a music publisher, Robert Mellin, when he was 21 and discovered a band from Norwood called Wainwright's Gentleman. Nicholas signed them to Robert Mellin's music company and changed their name to Sweet Shop. He put them together with Phil Weyman who went on to produce them. Nicholas went on to audition for Hair, securing the lead part. The group shortened their name from Sweet Shop to Sweet, recorded Chin & Chapman songs and went on to become a big success both in the UK and America. Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which exposes the follies of its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ...

After settling on the stage name Paul Nicholas, Nicholas eventually found success in the UK in musicals, beginning with a role in Hair (which Stigwood produced) before winning the lead role in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Hair, subtitled The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, is a rock musical written during the anti-war sentiment and youth-sexual revolution of the 1960s. ... This article is about the rock opera. ...

In 1975, he gained international attention when played the cameo role of the sadistic Cousin Kevin in Stigwood's film Tommy. In 1976 he embarked on a shortlived but high profile pop career, with two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart - "Dancing With The Captain" and "Grandma's Party". He released his last single, "Heaven on the 7th Floor", in 1977. This only just reached the UK chart, but was a Top 10 success in the Billboard Hot 100 listings in the U.S. Roger Daltrey as Tommy Tommy was a 1975 musical film, based on The Whos 1969 rock opera concept album Tommy. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A top 10 list is a generic term used to indicate a list of items, usually ten in number, which are considered to be best, worst, or notable in some other way, typically a record chart. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...

Nicholas returned to the West End stage in 1979 to play a major role in Cats when the show first began. The same year, he starred in Two Up, Two Down, a short-lived sitcom co-starring Su Pollard. Then, in 1983, Nicholas got his first high-profile television role (he had acted in plays and one-off roles through the 1970s on TV) in which he was cast as Vince Pinner in the BBC TV sitcom Just Good Friends, written by John Sullivan. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Cats is an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. ... Two Up, Two Down was a short-lived British sitcom starring Paul Nicholas and Su Pollard. ... Susan Pollard (born November 7, 1949 in Nottingham) is a flamboyant English comedy actress known as Su Pollard best known for her roles in the sitcoms Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, MLord?. After performing in several West End musicals and coming second in a heat of Opportunity Knocks... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Just Good Friends was a BBC sitcom written by John Sullivan. ... John Sullivan OBE (born December 23, 1946 in Balham, London, England) is the writer of several British sitcoms including the immensely popular Only Fools and Horses as well as Citizen Smith, Dear John, Just Good Friends, Roger Roger, and The Green Green Grass. ...

This role made Nicholas a household name, and a pin-up as he approached the age of forty. His character was a wisecracking, smooth, but emotionally insecure bookmaker and former ice cream salesman who had a long-running, on-off relationship with Penny Warrender, played by Jan Francis. The series dealt with the couple's mutual attraction but mistrust of one another after they accidentally met again, five years after Vince had jilted Penny at the altar. The show, for which Nicholas also sang the theme tune, was a success. It ended in 1986 with the marriage of the two main characters in Paris. A bookmaker, bookie or turf accountant, is an organization or a person that takes bets and may pay winnings depending upon results and, depending on the nature of the bet, the odds. ... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ... Jan Francis (born August 5, 1951 in London) is a British actor. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... It has been suggested that List of visitor attractions in Paris be merged into this article or section. ...

Nicholas returned to the theatre afterwards - theatre remained his main source of work - also playing numerous supporting roles on screen in both movie and television projects. He starred as The Pirate King in Joseph Papp's version of The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium and the Manchester Opera House, touring again in the same role in the late 1990s. Appearing In 1997 Nicholas demonstrated a new and surprisingly intense aspect of his talent when he starred as the wrenchingly confused anti-hero of Karoline Leach's "The Mysterious Mr Love" at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End. “Moving picture” redirects here. ... Poster announcing the copyright performance at the Bijou Theatre, Paignton The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... Manchester Opera House The Opera House in Manchester, England is a 2000 seat commercial touring theatre which plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a spectactular Christmas pantomime. ... Karoline Leach is an English playwright and author, best known for her book In The Shadow Of The Dreamchild (ISBN 0-7206-1044-3), which re-examines the life of Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the author of Alices Adventures in Wonderland. ... The Royal Comedy Theatre, as it was then known, opened in Londons West End on October 15, 1881. ...

In summer 2006, he was a celebrity showjumper in the BBC's Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses. Show jumping or jumpers is a member of a family of English-discipline equestrian events that includes dressage, eventing, hunters and equitation. ... Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to fight poverty in the UK and Africa. ... Only Fools on Horses is a BBC reality television programme produced by Endemol UK it gets its name from the sitcom Only Fools and Horses, which first aired on July 7, 2006. ...



In 1990 whilst starring with David Ian in a production of The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium, Nicholas offered Ian a partnership in co-producing and starring in a touring production of the Joseph Papp version of the popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. 'Paul Nicholas & David Ian Associates Ltd' were formed to produce the 20th anniversary production of Jesus Christ Superstar on a UK-wide tour, which sold out [1]. David Ian (born Chadwell Heath, Greater London in 1961), is a former actor, who turned Theatre Producer in 1991 to become the most powerful man in UK Theatre in 2005 according to The Stage magazine [1] The chairman of former Clear Channels subsidiary Live Nation’s global theatrical division... Poster announcing the copyright performance at the Bijou Theatre, Paignton The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... W. S. Gilbert Arthur Sullivan Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian era partnership of librettist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ...

The company has since produced numerous shows making both partners millionaires, including:

This article is about the rock opera. ... Grease is a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. ... Aint Misbehavin is a song by Harry Brooks with Fats Waller and lyricist Andy Razaf, dating from 1929. ... Singin in the Rain was a 1985 musical play adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name. ... The cover of the 1979 American Broadway Original Cast Recording of Evita starring Patti Lupone as Eva Perón, Mandy Patinkin as Che Guevara, and Bob Gunton as Juan Peron. ... Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. ... Happy Days is a popular American television sitcom that originally aired between 1974 and 1984 on the ABC television network. ... Show logo Saturday Night Fever is a musical with a book by Nan Knighton (in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, and Robert Stigwood) and music and lyrics by the Bee Gees. ... A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens. ... People named Keeler: Christine Keeler, a British model and showgirl. ...

School of Acting

In 2006 Nicholas set up a franchise operation, 'The Paul Nicholas School of Acting', aimed at teaching acting to school-age children . There are currently seven schools in the North West of England. [2]


Paul Nicholas (with Douglas Thompson): "Behind the Smile" autobiography, Hardcover, 218 pages published in October 1999 by André Deutsch Ltd; ISBN 0233997482 - [3] Andre Deutsch (1917–2000) was a 20th century British publisher. ...

Personal life

Nicholas has been married twice, and has six children. His first wife, Susan, died in a car accident in 1979. Nicholas married his second wife, Linzi Jennings, in 1984. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ...

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