Nicholas Ball (actor)

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Nicholas Ball
Ball in 2008
John Nicholas Ball

(1946-04-11)11 April 1946
Died4 June 2024(2024-06-04) (aged 78)
Years active1967–2024
(m. 1978, divorced)

John Nicholas Ball (11 April 1946 – 4 June 2024) was an English actor. He was best known for playing the title role in the television series Hazell.

Ball portrayed the vicious gang lord Terry Bates in EastEnders between 2007 and 2009. He played Garry Ryan in series five of Footballers' Wives and both series of its spin-off programme Footballers' Wives: Extra Time. The voice of Nicholas Ball can be heard as well on various audio books offered via the internet; he has narrated books from such authors as Christopher Hitchens and James Maybrick. In 2019 he appeared in an advert for Premier Inn, playing the part of Lenny Henry's manager.

Personal life


Ball was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, and raised in Hastings, Sussex, and trained to be an actor at Bristol Old Vic.[1]

Ball was married to actress and psychologist, Pamela Stephenson from 1978 until she left him for the comedian Billy Connolly.[2][3] He later married his long-term partner, actress Ayda Kay, in 2019.[4]

Ball died on 4 June 2024, at the age of 78.[5][6][7]




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  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Archived from the original on 13 January 2022. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  3. ^ Milsom, Rosemarie (10 November 2012). "Pamela Stephenson's unflinching autobiography". Newcastle Herald. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
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  5. ^ Hayward, Anthony (11 June 2024). "Nicholas Ball obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  6. ^ "EastEnders actor Nicholas Ball dies aged 78". ITVX. Archived from the original on 6 June 2024. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  7. ^ "EastEnders star Nicholas Ball has died aged 78, his agent has announced". Times Series. 6 June 2024. Archived from the original on 6 June 2024. Retrieved 6 June 2024.