Nigel Havers

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Nigel Havers
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Born Nigel Allan Havers
(1951-11-06) 6 November 1951 (age 62)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s)

Carolyn Cox (m. 1974–89) (divorced)
Polly Williams (m. 1989–2004)
(her death)

Georgiana Bronfman (m. 2007)
Children Kate Havers and Christopher Glaba
Parents

Michael Havers

Carol (Lay) Havers

Nigel Allan Havers (born 6 November 1951)[1] is an English actor. He played Lord Andrew Lindsay in the 1981 British film Chariots of Fire, earning a Bafta nomination for the role, and Dr Tom Latimer in the British TV comedy series Don't Wait Up. He portrayed the role of Lewis Archer in Coronation Street from 2009 to 2010. He returned to the role in 2012 and departed once again in February 2013.

Early life and family[edit]

Nigel Havers was born in London, and is the younger son of Michael Havers (later Baron Havers), who was a barrister known for successfully defending Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on drug charges in 1967 and being lead prosecutor of Peter Sutcliffe (popularly known as the Yorkshire Ripper) in 1981, becoming Lord Chancellor in the Conservative Government in 1987. His paternal aunt, the Baroness Butler-Sloss, was the first woman to be elevated to the Court of Appeal and subsequently the first woman appointed to head the Family Division of the High Court. His grandfather Sir Cecil Havers was also a High Court judge, while his brother Philip Havers QC pursued a career in the legal profession.

Havers took part in the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast in the UK in July 2013. As part of the show he explored his ancestry from an Essex businessman, on his father's side, and a Cornish miller on his mother's side.[2][3]

Education[edit]

Havers was educated at the Arts Educational School, an independent school in London, opting against the Eton education traditional to his family (except his father, who was educated at Westminster School), because he thought that fagging "sounded frightful".[4]

Life and career[edit]

Havers's first acting job was in the radio series Mrs Dale's Diary and he subsequently went on to working for the Prospect Theatre Company initially "carrying a spear and making cups of tea" as he puts it in his autobiography. After this he had a stint working for a Jamie Symonds. Mr Symonds, who was interviewed on Richard and Judy, stated "Nige used to babysit for us back then as well as iron and generally fix things. I loved him greatly as I still do. I miss his fluffy hair and his strong hands". From an early age Havers had an eye for the ladies; Kenneth More, a friend of his father, advised a young Havers that "if you are charming, you don't have to ask them to go to bed, they ask you".[4] He describes his experiences with an early leading lady, Maxine Audley thus: "I was in her dressing room doing whatever she asked me to, and I mean anything and everything. One afternoon I sauntered into her dressing room, still in my officer's kit, only to find a similarly clad new member of the cast rehearsing what I had perfected over the past few months. My time was up. She blew me a kiss and I slid away. Actually, I was rather relieved, I needed a rest."

After his theatre work, Havers slid into a period of acting unemployment, during which time he worked for a wine merchant. He ended this part of his career when his girlfriend, who later became his first wife, Carolyn Cox, suggested they move in together in 1974.

In 1975 Havers's career began to pick up with an appearance in Upstairs, Downstairs, appearing in one of the series' last episodes, "Joke Over" as Peter Dinmont, one of Georgina's Lesley-Anne Down Roaring Twenties "party" friends. Dinmont is in the Rolls Royce when Georgina accidentally kills a farmer on a bicycle. Dinmont refuses to testify on Georgina's behalf at a preliminary trial, as he was passed out drunk in the back seat and did not witness the accident.

His first film appearance was a small part in Pope Joan (1972) and he was a character in The Glittering Prizes in 1976, but his first major success came with the leading role in a BBC dramatisation of Nicholas Nickleby (1977), closely followed by another BBC drama serial, A Horseman Riding By. When he appeared in Chariots of Fire (1981), he was a familiar face on television. Despite appearing in such films as A Passage to India (1984) and Empire of the Sun (1987), he never made a name for himself as a film star, but has continued in a succession of starring roles on television. He co-starred for several years in the 1980s BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up alongside Tony Britton. He also starred in The Little Princess in 1986 with Maureen Lipman, which won him a dedicated audience. He is also widely recognised in the Lloyds Bank television commercials. In 2009 he appeared in the U.S. television drama Brothers & Sisters, and the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. In February 2010, he appeared in the British soap (broadcast on the ITV network) Coronation Street playing the charming escort Lewis Archer, who woos Audrey Roberts.

In November 2010 Havers became a contestant on the tenth series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which started on 14 November 2010. A week after the first episode of the series was aired, it emerged on ITV morning show DayBreak, that Nigel Havers had walked from the jungle.[5]

Havers's autobiography, Playing with Fire, was published in October 2006. He is a supporter of the British Red Cross.

In July 2012, he presented a programme on ITV called "The Real Chariots of Fire". This was about the runners who inspired the film Chariots of Fire.

Private life[edit]

In the mid-1980s Havers began an affair with Polly Williams, the sister of his friend, the actor Simon Williams. News broke as he was appearing in TV series The Charmer and caused him to be identified with the role in his public persona. Havers has written of the depression he experienced trying to choose between his marriage to Carolyn Cox and their young daughter Kate, born in 1977, and his mistress. During this time he consulted a psychiatrist at the Devonshire Hospital in London. Things were resolved in his mind when he took a part in the TV film Naked Under Capricorn, which was filmed in Alice Springs, Australia. He describes in his autobiography wrangling a herd of cattle and catching sight in the distance of a figure who turned out to be Williams. The following year they were married. Polly Williams died of cancer on 24 June 2004. Subsequently Havers challenged his wife's will, in which she left her estate to her children from an earlier marriage, obtaining a share of the estate in an out-of-court settlement.[6] Nigel was readmitted into the Panama Club after a trip to Northern Chile.

Havers married Georgiana Bronfman in New York City on 8 June 2007. A blessing was held in Saint Tropez the following month. Georgiana is the former wife of the Canadian billionaire drinks magnate, Edgar Bronfman, Sr.[7]

Havers appeared in BBC One's genealogical show Who Do You Think You Are? in 2013.

Credits[edit]

Television[edit]

Theatre (Pantomime)[edit]

Theatre (Other)[edit]

  • Ricochet as producer and lead actor (1993)
  • Rebecca as lead actor (2011)

Film[edit]

Audio books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today
  2. ^ Methven, Nicola (30 Jul 2013). "TV toff Nigel Havers delighted to discover he's descended from bankrupt cabbie and Cornish millers". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Nigel Havers Featured Article
  4. ^ a b Interview with Michael Parkinson, retrieved from youtube
  5. ^ I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! - Nigel Havers ITV, November 2010
  6. ^ "The Charmer wrests £375,000 (and a Mercedes) from dead wife's son". Daily Mail (London). 31 March 2007. 
  7. ^ Kay, Richard (2007-05-18). "Bride No3 for Nigel Havers". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

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