Nickolas Grace

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Nickolas Grace
Born (1947-11-21) November 21, 1947 (age 67)
West Kirby, Merseyside, England

Nickolas Grace (born 21 November 1947) is an English actor known for his roles on television, including Anthony Blanche in the acclaimed ITV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1980s series Robin of Sherwood. Grace also played Dorien Green's husband Marcus in the 1990s British comedy series Birds of a Feather.

Early life and career[edit]

Grace was educated at the King's School, Chester[1] and Forest School, Walthamstow. He trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he still teaches.

Grace made his theatrical debut in weekly rep in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex in 1969, and appeared in Trevor Peacock's Erb later that year, which transferred to the Strand Theatre in spring 1970, his first appearance in the West End. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1972, and in 1973 played Aumerle there in the Ian Richardson/Richard Pasco Richard II, which transferred to Broadway.

He then played Hamlet for the opening of the Playhouse, Derby in 1975. Back at the RSC from 1976-78 he appeared as Dromio of Ephesus in Trevor Nunn's first ever musical, The Comedy of Errors (with Judi Dench, Michael Williams and Roger Rees), Hitler in Schweik and Witwoud in The Way of the World, directed by John Barton.

Brideshead Revisited[edit]

Grace secured the part of the flamboyant aesthete Anthony Blanche in Brideshead Revisited, which filmed off and on from 1979 to 1981. Following the success of Brideshead Revisited on television, he played Richard II at the Young Vic in 1981, and Mozart in Amadeus with Frank Finlay at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1982. He then began working in operetta, playing Koko in The Mikado and Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore for Sadler's Wells Opera in repertoire from 1982-1986.

Grace was Harry Hamilton-Paul in the film Heat and Dust (1983). It was around this time that took the role of Robert de Rainault, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in ITV's Robin of Sherwood (1983-1986).

Grace's theatre work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included Jenkins' Ear by Dusty Hughes at the Royal Court in 1986, Bernstein's Candide (Old Vic/Scottish Opera/BBC) in 1988-89 and The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester (1990), which transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre. He played Cole Porter in A Swell Party at the Vaudeville in 1991-92 and appeared in Ken Russell's production of Princess Ida for ENO at the Coliseum Theatre in 1992.

1993–present[edit]

Following a recurring role in 1993 as the unnamed 'Consultant' on Victor Lewis-Smith's loosely hospital based sketch show Inside Victor Lewis-Smith, Grace played Marcus Green, the long-suffering husband of Dorien in Birds of a Feather, in a couple of episodes between 1989 and 1997. He has also appeared three times in the BBC Sitcom My Family.

Grace played Underling the Butler in The Drowsy Chaperone with Elaine Paige at the Novello Theatre, which ended its run on 4 August 2007. On 29 July 2009 he appeared on the UK version of Dragons Den as the proposed director of a new touring musical based around the life of Dusty Springfield.

He has a recurring role in some Doctor Who audio plays, produced by Big Finish as a Time Lord ally of the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller, (Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith) in the plays Human Resources, Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius.

He portrayed Albert Einstein in the Doctor Who short "Death is the Only Answer".

In 2012, Grace is currently starring in Chariots of Fire, the stage adaptation of the film of the same title. In it he plays the Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University, the role originated on screen by John Gielgud.

Personal life[edit]

In the "official biography" of the actor Alan Bates, Otherwise Engaged, by Donald Spoto (published on 7 June 2007), Spoto quotes Grace describing his "intense affair" with Bates, who was "terrified of exposure": "I told him labels didn't matter, but that we must be who we are. But he just could not accept that. Alan was at ease as long as he pretended - and he insisted on pretending - that our relationship was not what it was, and was not disclosed to or evident to others."

TV and filmography[edit]

Genre Year Title Episode Role Notes
Film 1960 City of the DeadThe City of the Dead uncredited
TV series 1970 Z-Cars "Couple of Comic Turns: Part 2""A Couple of Comic Turns: Part 2" Private Jefferson
TV series 1971 Fenn Street GangThe Fenn Street Gang "Fair Swap""A Fair Swap" Bernard
TV series 1971 Kate "Good Meddle""A Good Meddle" David Burwood
TV series 1971 Onedin LineThe Onedin Line "When My Ship Comes In" Arab
TV series 1972 Z-Cars "Sweet Girl" Boy
TV series 1975 Churchill's People "True Patriots All" James Loveless historical drama series
TV series 1975 Love SchoolThe Love School "Brotherhood""The Brotherhood" William Rossetti
TV series 1975 Survivors "Gone to the Angels" Matthew
TV series 1975 Ten from the Twenties "Anarchist""The Anarchist" Joe Manders
TV series 1978 BBC Television Shakespeare "Comedy of Errors""The Comedy of Errors" Dromio of Ephesus
TV series 1978 Pink Medicine ShowThe Pink Medicine Show
TV miniseries 1979 Oresteia "Agamemnon" Messenger
TV series 1980 ProfessionalsThe Professionals "Mixed Doubles" Joe
TV film 1981 All's Well That Ends Well SoldierThe Soldier
TV miniseries 1981 Brideshead Revisited Anthony Blanche
TV series 1983 BBC Television Shakespeare "All's Well That Ends Well" Soldier
TV series 1983 Bergerac "Prime Target" Inspector Chazottes
Film 1983 Heat and Dust Harry Hamilton-Paul
TV film 1984 Lace Sir Christopher Swann
TV film 1984 Master of BallantraeThe Master of Ballantrae Dass part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame
TV film 1984 Morte d'Arthur Sir Mordred
TV series 1984 Robin of Sherwood "Robin Hood and the Sorcerer"
"The Witch of Elsdon"
"The King's Fool"
"Seven Poor Knights from Acre"
"Alan a Dale"
"The Children of Israel"
Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham 17 episodes total
TV miniseries 1985 Last Place on EarthThe Last Place on Earth Lord Howard De Walden
TV film 1985 Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future Grossman
TV series 1985 Robin of Sherwood "Enchantment""The Enchantment"
"The Greatest Enemy"
Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham 17 episodes total
TV series 1986 C.A.T.S. Eyes "Powerline" Jamie Leydon
TV series 1986 Robin of Sherwood "Herne's Son: Part 1"
"Herne's Son: Part 2"
"The Power of Albion"
"The Sheriff of Nottingham"
"The Betrayal"
"Adam Bell"
"The Pretender"
"The Time of the Wolf: Part 1"
"The Time of the Wolf: Part 2"
Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham 17 episodes total
TV miniseries 1987 Lorca, muerte de un poeta "Impresiones y paisajes (1903–1918)"
"La residencia (1918–1923)"
"El amor oscuro (1925–1928)"
"El llanto (1929–1935)"
"Una guerra civil (1935–1936)"
Federico García Lorca 06 episodes total
TV miniseries 1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Lord Nelson
Film 1988 Dream Demon Jenny's Father
Film 1988 Just Ask for Diamond Himmell
TV miniseries 1988 Lorca, muerte de un poeta "La muerte (1936)" Federico García Lorca 06 episodes total
Film 1988 Salome's Last Dance Oscar Wilde
TV series 1989 Birds of a Feather "Cheat!" Marcus Green 03 episodes total
TV film 1989 Man in the Brown SuitThe Man in the Brown Suit Guy Underhill
TV miniseries 1989 Twist of Fate Wolf
TV series 1990 Cluedo "Going, Going, Goner" Peregrine Talbot- Wheeler
TV serial 1990 Green ManThe Green Man Rev. Tommy Sonnenscheim
TV film 1990 Hands of a Murderer Oberstein
TV series 1990 House of CardsHouse of Cards "The Final Cut" Geoffrey Booza-Pitt
TV series 1991 Tonight at 8.30 "Hands Across the Sea" Bogie Gosling
TV series 1992 Absolutely Fabulous "Fashion" Jonny
TV series 1992 Alas Smith and Jones "Episode #7.4"
TV series 1992 Casebook of Sherlock HolmesThe Casebook of Sherlock Holmes "Master Blackmailer""The Master Blackmailer" Bertrand
TV series 1992 Lovejoy "Angel Trousers" Jeremy Prince
TV series 1993 Birds of a Feather "Suspicious Minds" Marcus Green 03 episodes total
TV series 1993 Inside Victor Lewis-Smith ConsultantThe Consultant
TV series 1993 Inspector Alleyn MysteriesThe Inspector Alleyn Mysteries "Man Lay Dead""A Man Lay Dead" Dr. Hans Hoffner
TV series 1993 Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesThe Young Indiana Jones Chronicles "Prague, August 1917" Prague Spy/ClouseauThe Prague Spy/Clouseau
TV series 1994 ChiefThe Chief "Episode #4.8" Sir Oliver Creighton
Short film 1994 Ole 31 minutes; directed by Dennis Iliadis
TV film 1994 Sharpe's Honour Father Hacha
TV series 1994 Space Precinct "Double Duty" Oturi Nissim
Film 1994 Tom & Viv Bertrand Russel
TV series 1995 Bugs "Hot Metal" Raymond Charlesworth
TV serial 1995 Final CutThe Final Cut Geoffrey Booza Pitt
Animated film 1995 Pocahontas voice actor
TV film 1995 Solomon & Sheba Jeroboam
Film 1995 Two Deaths Marius Vernescu
TV series 1996 Delta Wave "Glitch in Time""A Glitch in Time: Part 1"
"A Glitch in Time: Part 2"
"Dodgy Jammers: Part 1"
"Dodgy Jammers: Part 2"
Stump 04 episodes
Film 1996 Evita Tailor cameo
TV series 1996 Tales from the Crypt "Escape" Albert Frye/Lieutenant Forsyth
Video 1997 Absolutely Fabulous "Absolutely Not!" Jonny
TV series 1997 Birds of a Feather "Rising Damp" Marcus Green 03 episodes total
Video 1997 Caught in the Act Melvin (Ventriloquist) produced by Barrie Goulding
TV film 1997 HunchbackThe Hunchback Gauchére
Film 1997 Shooting Fish Mr. Stratton-Luce
TV series 1998 Britain's Richest People Narrator
TV miniseries 1998 Merlin Sir Egbert
Film 1999 Ideal HusbandAn Ideal Husband Vicomte de Nanjac
TV film 2000 Cinderella First Minister
Film 2000 Golden BowlThe Golden Bowl Lecturer
TV series 2000 Midsomer Murders "Judgement Day" Frank Mannion 02 episodes total
Video game 2001 In Cold Blood John Cord / Technicians voice actor
TV series 2001 My Family "Driving Miss Crazy" Mr. Casey 03 episodes total
TV serial 2002 Daniel Deronda Vandernoodt
Film 2002 Puckoon Foggerty
Short film 2002 Putting Down the King
TV film 2005 Agatha Christie's Marple "Sleeping Murder" Lionel Luff Agatha Christie's Marple TV series
TV serial 2005 Casanova French Chancellor
TV series 2005 Egypt "Search for Tutankhamun""The Search for Tutankhamun" Anton Badrutt
TV film 2005 Ian Fleming: Bondmaker William Plomer docudrama about Ian Fleming
Film 2005 Splinter Glasses
TV film 2006 CommanderThe Commander "Blacklight" Reginald Aitken The Commander TV series
Film 2006 Confetti Judge
TV film 2006 Shell SeekersThe Shell Seekers Mundy
Film 2006 These Foolish Things Nathaniel Meadowsweet
Short film 2007 Mr Thornton's Change of Heart Cupid 12 minutes
Film 2008 Affinity Mr. Hither
TV series 2008 BillThe Bill "Body of Evidence" Richard Stirling
TV series 2008 My Family "Neighbour Wars" Mr. Casey 03 episodes total
TV series 2009 Casual+y "Trap""The Trap" Dennis
TV series 2009 Midsomer Murders "Creeper""The Creeper" Hugo Greening 02 episodes total
TV series 2009 Minder "Art of the Matter""The Art of the Matter" Tasty Tim
Short film 2010 Hardest PartThe Hardest Part Victor 14 minutes
TV series 2010 My Family "Mary Christmas" Mr. Casey 03 episodes total
TV series 2010 Piers Morgan's Life Stories "Joan Collins" Himself
TV series 2011 Doctor Who "Death Is the Only Answer" Albert Einstein
TV series 2011 Doctor Who Confidential "About a Boy"
"Heartbreak Hotel"
Himself / Albert Einstein documentary series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inspirational Alumni Members". The King's School Chester. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 

External links[edit]