22 July 1944
Nicholas Brimble (born 22 July 1944) is an English actor whose long career takes in theatre, television, film, and voice work.
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. When they toured Britain, the Brimble family travelled with them. In July 1961 he organised their blindfolded high-wire crossing of Cheddar Gorge. At the end of the season's tour of Britain, Brimble travelled through France with the White Devils, helping as they set up and performed in towns as they went, and returning for the start of the autumn school term.
Brimble 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.
Brimble studied Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Sussex from 1962 to 1966. 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 purchased from British tourists he had met in Baghdad. The next year he taught at a south London comprehensive school, before deciding to try his luck as an actor.
In 1968 Brimble 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 Brimble 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 in which Brimble played Vladimir.
Later that year, Actors' Circus performed at London's Little Theatre Club. Brimble 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 as a villager in the 1971 Hammer film Lust for a Vampire.
From 1971 to 1973 Brimble 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 Brimble'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. 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, Space: 1999, Blake's 7, Danger UXB, and Dempsey and Makepeace.
In 1990, Roger Corman cast him as the Monster in Frankenstein Unbound with Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda and John Hurt. The following year he played Little John in the 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.
- Lust for a Vampire (1971) - First Villager
- Sweeney! (1977) - D.S. Burtonshaw
- Yanks (1979) - Merchant Seaman (uncredited)
- S.O.S. Titanic (1979) - Olaus Abelseth
- Silver Dream Racer (1980) - Jack Davis
- Masada (1981, TV Mini-Series) - Milades
- Who Dares Wins (1982) - Williamson
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982, TV Movie) - Bibot
- Jamaica Inn (1983, TV Movie) - Hussar
- Sheena (1984) - Wadman
- Christmas Present (1985)
- Return to Treasure Island (1986, TV Series) - Keelhaul
- Tank Malling (1989) - American
- Frankenstein Unbound (1990) - The Monster
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - Little John
- Year of the Comet (1992) - Jamie
- Loch Ness (1996) - Andy Maclean
- Ivanhoe (1997, TV Mini-Series) - Reginald Front de Boeuf
- Gone Fishin' (1997) - Dekker Massey
- Fortress 2: Re-Entry (2000) - Max Polk
- Seven Days to Live (2000) - Carl Farrell
- Lock, Stock... (2000) - Uncle Derek
- Five Seconds to Spare (2000) - Marlon
- The Calling (2000) - Police Inspector Oliver Morton
- A Knight's Tale (2001) - Sir Ector
- Gypsy Woman (2001) - Manni
- The Baby Juice Express (2004) - Krakowski
- Control (2004) - Dimi Vertov
- Submerged (2005) - Adrian Lehder
- Hui Buh (2006) - Daalor / Adolar
- Body Armour (2007) - Victor Tolkin
- Too Much Too Young (2007) - Frankie Bridge
- 7 Lives (2011) - Ted
- Soulmate (2013) - Dr Zellaby
- Grantchester (2014–present, TV series) - Jack Chapman
Video game voice credits
- Olga Ryzhko (23 August 2013). "Voice & Sound Recording for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments". Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
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