Nick Pickard

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Nick Pickard
Nick Pickard.jpg
Nick Pickard in 2007
Born Nicholas Pickard
(1975-04-16) 16 April 1975 (age 39)
London, England, UK
Other names Nicholas Pickard
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Children Ellie Pickard
Relatives John Pickard (brother)

Nicholas "Nick" Pickard[1] (born 16 April 1975; London, England) is an English actor, best known for his role as Tony Hutchinson on soap opera Hollyoaks. He is currently the longest serving cast member and appeared in the very first episode in 1995. Since then the character of Tony has developed and viewers have seen him with numerous girlfriends and run-ins with the local students.

In his 1987 movie debut, Pickard played Mio, the lead role in Mio in the Land of Faraway, alongside Christian Bale and Christopher Lee. There he is credited as Nicholas Pickard. In 1994, Pickard also played a minor role in EastEnders, appearing as a young homeless boy, who was burnt to death when Phil Mitchell torched Frank Butcher's car-lot in an insurance scam. He also appeared in music videos for Mike + The Mechanics ("Over My Shoulder") and Roxette ("Almost Unreal").

Background[edit]

He studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and Corona Theatre School worked extensively in the theatre before joining Hollyoaks.

In addition to his Filmography part, Pickard appeared as well in other TV shows including Us Girls and If You Were Me.

Pickard has also trodden the boards with stage parts that include Richard II, An Enemy of the People and Edward II.

He landed the role of Tony Hutchinson in Hollyoaks in 1995 and has been playing him ever since.

Personal life[edit]

Pickard is older brother of John Pickard. Pickard is also the owner of several Sheffield restaurants in the Ecclesall Road. He has a daughter named Ellie Pickard, and he previously dated former co-star Joanna Taylor (Geri Hudson).[2] He is a dedicated Chelsea F.C. fan. In his spare time Pickard enjoys sports, particularly football and squash. He plays regularly and runs the Mersey TV football team, taking on the roles of gaffer, manager and kitboy. He is also the captain of the Hollyoaks Team whenever there are celebrity football matches. He is supporting the School Food Trust across England, in order to encourage children to eat healthy food.

Pickard also joined Cinderella, 2009's pantomime at Liverpool Empire Theatre where he performed Dandini. His break from Hollyoaks to perform in Cinderella was planned and written into the show.

In Hollyoaks: The Good, The Bad & The Gorgeous (2009), Pickard performs as Jack Dawson in a parody of Titanic, and dances and sings in the Grease parody.

Pickard participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity MasterChef where he reached the final but lost out to Phil Vickery.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1987 Mio in the Land of Faraway Bosse / Mio
1990 You Rang, M'Lord? Boy Factory Worker
1991 Now That It's Morning Ian
1993 ROXETTE - Almost Unreal (video clip) Lead role
1994 Mike + The Mechanics - Over My Shoulder Schoolboy in love
1994 Grange Hill Mark
1994 EastEnders Young Homeless Boy
1995–Present Hollyoaks Tony Hutchinson
1999 Brookside: Double Take! Rosco Main
2001 Hollyoaks: Movin' On Tony Hutchinson
2005 The Match Himself
2007 The Weakest Link - #1019 Himself/Contestant
2007 Soapstar Superchef Himself
2007 Xposé Himself
2007 the British Soap Awards 2007 Himself
2007 For King and Country Captain Philip Levaul-Grimwood
2008 Kidnap Kidnapper
2009 Hollyoaks: Later Tony Hutchinson
2009 Hollyoaks: The Good, The Bad & The Gorgeous Tony Hutchinson / Jack Dawson
2010 SING FOR ENGLAND - HOLLYOAKS (video clip) Himself
2011 Celebrity MasterChef Himself

Pickard was cast as the star Aaron Spacehero in the satirical 24hr Sci-Fi Soap Opera. His adversary was Jeffrey M. Magnesium

Nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Nominated British Soap Award Best Comedy Performance - Hollyoaks
2002 Nominated British Soap Award Best Comedy Performance - Hollyoaks

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Pickard: Information and Much More from Answers.com
  2. ^ http://www.channel4.com/community/showcards/H/Hollyoaks_-_Geri.html

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