Nick Berry

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Nick Berry
Nick Berry in Canada.jpg
Nick Berry as Nick Rowan, at Cochrane, Alberta
Born Nicholas Berry
(1963-04-16) 16 April 1963 (age 51)
Woodford, Essex, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Occupation Actor/Musician
Years active 1976, 1983–2003, 2012
Spouse(s) Rachel Robertson (m. 1994)
Children 2 sons

Nicholas "Nick" Berry (born 16 April 1963) is a British television actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Simon Wicks in the British soap opera EastEnders from 1985 to 1990 (followed by a brief re-appearance in January 2012), and as PC Nick Rowan in the British drama television series Heartbeat from 1992 to 1998.

Career[edit]

Berry started acting at the age of eight. After attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London he played minor parts on television, film, and stage before he got his big break playing Simon 'Wicksy' Wicks in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, joining the series just after its inception in 1985 and staying until the end of 1990. Berry's character was thought up overnight and had been scheduled to appear later, however he was introduced to restore the cast balance distorted by the unexpected departure of actor David Scarboro who played the original Mark Fowler. Scarboro's departure meant many of his functions as one of the more senior of the young characters would need to be taken over by another character and thus Wicksy was introduced rather sooner than originally planned and Berry was cast with minimal delay.[1] He was quickly hailed as EastEnders' top pin-up and during this time was besieged by fanmail from female admirers.[2]

Berry soon took a break from EastEnders to tour and make an album from which the number one single 'Every Loser Wins' came in 1986. The song was heavily featured within EastEnders in a plotline referred to as The Banned in which the youths of Walford all formed a pop group and performed the songs on screen.[1] It was the second biggest selling single in the UK that year, remaining at number one for three weeks. Its composers Simon May, Stewart James and Bradley James each received an Ivor Novello Award. The self-titled album, from which "Every Loser Wins" hails, has never been released in CD format. The single contains a non-LP B-side, an instrumental version of "Every Loser Wins", with guitars substituting on melody instead of Berry's voice. It also has yet to see a release on CD.

Berry returned to EastEnders after his musical career stalled but left again in an 'open to return' storyline which was aired in December 1990. His character has only made one brief re-appearance since in an episode dated 13 January 2012, marking the funeral of his on-screen mother, played by Pam St. Clement.

In 1992, Berry was cast in the role of Yorkshire policeman PC (later Sgt) Nick Rowan in ITV's drama series Heartbeat (1992–98). Berry recorded the title song 'Heartbeat' in 1992, a cover of the 1959 Buddy Holly hit, which reached number two in the UK singles chart and spawned a second album.[3] His wife Rachel Robertson also appeared in the series in small one-off roles.

In 1998 Berry left Heartbeat for the BBC 1 written, produced, and directed series Harbour Lights. Shot around the area of Bridport he played a harbourmaster. Less successful than his two previous character-based programmes, it ran for two series. Berry returned to Heartbeat for a one-off twin episode special in 2002, the episodes based on his character's new career as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer.

Berry's other credits include The Mystery of Men with Neil Pearson and Warren Clarke, Paparazzo, The Black Velvet Band with Todd Carty, and playing the maverick cop Liam Ketman alongside Stephen Tompkinson in the BBC crime drama In Deep.

Berry runs his own production company called Valentine Productions.

On 13 January 2012, Berry made a cameo re-appearance in soap opera EastEnders to commemorate the death of his character's on-screen mother Pat Butcher (Pam St. Clement).

Personal life[edit]

Berry had a car crash when he was twenty-one: he fractured his skull when he was thrown through a windscreen; he survived the experience unscarred.[2]

During his time in EastEnders Berry dated his co-star Gillian Taylforth who played Kathy Beale.[2]

Berry married actress Rachel Robertson in 1994. They have two boys, Louis (born 1995) and Finley (born 1998) and the family resides in Epping, Essex.

Berry is a supporter of West Ham United F.C.[4]

Popular culture reference[edit]

The Father Ted episode "Night of the Nearly Dead" features a sermon which begins: "I think it was the actor Nick Berry who said...". The mclusky song "Random Celebrity Insult Generator" contains the main vocal line repeated many times throughout the song "Nick Berry had talent in a previous life".[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Forever Young Boy at school
Party Party Ralph
1989 Tank Malling Joe McGrath
1995 Paparazzo Rick Caulker

TV[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1976 BBC2 Playhouse Carter 1 episode: Kites
1983 Dramarama Lance Boyle 1 episode: Rip It Up
1984 Dramarama Paul Walker 1 episode: The Purple People Eater
The Box of Delights Pirate Rat 3 episodes: When the Wolves Were Running
Where Shall the 'Knighted Showman Go?
In Darkest Cellars Underneath
1985 Cover Her Face Tony 1 episode: 1.2
1985–1990 EastEnders Simon Wicks Series regular
1991 Cluedo Ben the Window-Cleaner 1 episode: Charity Begins at Home
1992–1998 Heartbeat Nick Rowan Series regular
1996 Respect Bobby Carr
1997 Black Velvet Band Martin Tusco
1998 Heartbeat: Changing Places Nick Rowan Spin-off video
1999 The Mystery of Men Colin Dunbar
1999–2000 Harbour Lights Lt. Cmdr. Mike Nicholls Series regular
2001–2003 In Deep Liam Ketman Series regular
2012 EastEnders Simon Wicks Cameo appearance

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Information UK Albums Chart[7] Position
1986 Nick Berry
  • Debut studio album
  • Released: 8 December 1986
  • Formats: LP, Cassette
#99
1992 Nick Berry
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 9 November 1992
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
#28

* The two identically titles albums are different.

Singles[edit]

Year Single UK Singles Chart[7] Position Album
1986 "Every Loser Wins"
  • Released: 22 September 1986
#1
Nick Berry
1992 "Heartbeat"
  • Released: 1 June 1992
#2
Nick Berry
"Long Live Love"
  • Released: 19 October 1992
#47

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Julia; Holland, Tony (1987). EastEnders - The Inside Story. Book Club Associates. ISBN 0-563-20601-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Kingsley, Hilary (1990). The EastEnders Handbook. BBC books. ISBN 0-563-36292-8. 
  3. ^ 'Nick Berry chart positions', everyhit.com. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
  4. ^ "West Ham United Famous Fans - West Ham Celebrity Fans". Ave-it.net. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Spofity stream of the song Random Celebrity Insult Generator. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  6. ^ Lyrics to the song Random Celebrity Insult Generator, songmeanings.net. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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