22 July 1944
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
Nick Brimble was born in Bristol. His father was a schoolteacher, who was also a keen amateur actor, (an activity in which Nick was involved on occasions as a child). For several summers, his father also managed the French/Czech High-Wire Act, The White Devils and, when they toured England, the Brimble family travelled with them. In July 1961 he organized their blindfolded high-wire crossing of Cheddar Gorge. At the end of the season’s tour of England, Nick travelled through France with The White Devils helping as they set up and performed in towns as they went - returning for the start of the autumn school term.
Nick attended Bristol Grammar School. In his first year he played Miranda in a school production of The Tempest. His parents gave him a Season Ticket to The Bristol Old Vic where he saw every play from the age of 11 until he went to University at 18.
Nick studied Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Sussex from 1962-66. He left with an MA and went on to teach English and Drama at the University of Baghdad. His stay in Iraq only lasted one year due to the political unrest there and he left at the outbreak of the Six Day War in 1967, driving back to the UK overland in a battered mini car. The next year he taught at a South London Comprehensive school, before deciding to try his luck as an actor.
In 1968 Nick became Youth Theatre Organiser at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. He administered the TIE, (Theatre In Education), company, which toured plays to schools in Kent. He also acted in the plays as well as driving the van and doing whatever else was necessary. At the same time he appeared in small parts for the main Marlowe Theatre Company. In 1970 Nick and other members of the TIE company formed Actors Circus, an independent company. The first production was Waiting for Godot at the University of Kent’s Gulbenkian Theatre. Nick played Vladimir.
Later that year, Actors Circus performed at London’s Little Theatre Club. Nick then went on to work at Hull Arts Centre in Richard III with Bob Hoskins, The London Theatre Group in Macbeth with Steven Berkoff, The Palace Theatre, Watford, as well as playing a small part in a Hammer film.
From 1971-73 Nick worked at the Northcott Theatre repertory company in Exeter. He appeared in Caucasian Chalk Circle, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Loot, Guys and Dolls and many other plays. He played Jesus in The Cornish Passion Play.
In 1973 Nick’s television work began with Thomas Hardy’s Wessex Tales, playing the part of Willowes in Barbara of the House of Grebe, with Ben Kingsley and Joanna McCallum. Nick became a well-known face on British television during the '70s and '80s. He had a semi-regular part in The Sweeney as well as appearing in guest roles in many television productions such as Softly Softly, Z Cars, The Professionals, Danger UXB, Dempsey and Makepeace, etc.
During this time he also appeared at the National Theatre (Weapons of Happiness) and the RSC (The Knight of the Burning Pestle) as well as in West-End transfers like Equus at the Albery Theatre and Wild Oats (Piccadilly Theatre). He also worked at regional theatres such as The Liverpool Everyman, Manchester Royal Exchange and The Ipswich Theatre amongst others.
The following year he played Little John in the ever-popular film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Since then, he has continued to work consistently on British Television and in International Films, as well as radio drama and voice work.
- Body Armour (2007)
- Hui Buh – Das Schlossgespenst (2005)
- Submerged (2005)
- A Knight's Tale (2001)
- Gone Fishin' (1997)
- Loch Ness (1996)
- Year of the Comet (1992)
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
- Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
- Who Dares Wins (1982)
- Silver Dream Racer (1980)
- Sweeney! 1977