Nick Gillard

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Nick Gillard
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
OccupationStunt coordinator
Fight choreographer
Years active1979 – present

Nick Gillard is an English stunt man and coordinator. He is best known as the technical lightsaber choreographer and stunt coordinator of the Star Wars prequels.


Gillard was born in Brighton, England

At the age of twelve, Gillard ran away from military school to join the circus where he performed as bareback horse rider. Over the next few years Gillard worked with several circus's including Circus Althoff in Germany and Los Muchachos Circus in Spain. Gillard was invited to do stunts on The Thief of Baghdad. He enjoyed it, and later left the circus to perform stunt work in films, including the original Star Wars.[1][2]

As a stunt man, Gillard held the world record for longest fire stunt, with a fire burn without air for over two minutes on Alien 3.[3] He also performed a 200-foot power boat jump over two bridges in the film Amsterdamned, and was set on fire over 100 times.[1]

He had a minor role in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith as Jedi Master Cin Drallig ("Nic Gillard" spelled backwards) and was Mark Hamill's first choice as his stunt double for Return of the Jedi. Among his movie credits are Sleepy Hollow, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

As stunt coordinator, arranger or performer[edit]



As actor[edit]



As director[edit]

  • 2017 The Order[4]


  1. ^ a b "Star Wars: Bio – Nick Gillard". Lucasfilm. Archived from the original on 8 August 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Star Wars: Den of Geek goes Jedi training with Nick Gillard". Den of Geek. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  3. ^ Guinness Book of Records
  4. ^ The Order on IMDb

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