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Jimmy Nail is a Actor British born on 16 march 1954 at Newcastle upon Tyne (United-kingdom)

Jimmy Nail

Jimmy Nail
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 16 march 1954 (66 years) at Newcastle upon Tyne (United-kingdom)

James Bradford "Jimmy" Nail (born 16 March 1954) is an English singer-songwriter, actor, musician, film producer, film score composer and television writer.

He has starred in numerous roles on television since 1983. He is most famous for his role as Leonard "Oz" Osborne in the hit television show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, his title role in Spender, and his 1992 number one single "Ain't No Doubt".


Personal life

Nail was born James Bradford in Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, the son of Laura (née Johnson) and James Bradford. He had two sisters: Shelagh (who died in June 1967) and Val McLane, who starred with him in the second series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet playing Dennis Patterson's sister Norma. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall and a Newcastle United supporter.

Nail rose to fame playing Leonard Jeffrey 'Oz' Osborne in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 1983, despite having no acting experience whatsoever (he had appeared as an extra in the film Get Carter). Nail has also starred in a number of films and had a long musical career, having been a singer before he was picked out at an audition to play Oz.

In 1985, he made a cameo appearance in the mini-series Master of the Game, based on Sidney Sheldon's novel, as the scheming errand boy Schmidt. In 1989, he appeared as head gamekeeper Rabbetts in the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Danny, the Champion of the World.

After the first two series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Nail found himself typecast before creating the detective series Spender, which he co-wrote with Ian La Frenais. The show ran for three series from 1991 to 1993 and also produced a tele-film and a novel. This was followed in 1994 by Crocodile Shoes, which he also created and starred as musician Jed Shepherd. After working with Madonna and Antonio Banderas in Alan Parker's Evita (1996), he co-starred in Clement & La Frenais' film Still Crazy (1998). A song from the movie, "The Flame Still Burns", sung by Nail, was nominated for a Golden Globe. In 2000 he began work on reviving the Auf Wiedersehen, Pet series, this time for the BBC. It was filmed in 2001 and aired in 2002, garnering audience figures of over 12 million. Another series saw the brickies holed up in Cuba, and the final two-hour instalment, set in Laos, aired over Christmas 2004 attracting over 7 million viewers.
He has released a number of albums of his own compositions, the first being Take It Or Leave It in 1986, 1992's Growing Up in Public which contained the song "Laura" that he wrote for his mother (and featured among others Gary Moore, David Gilmour and George Harrison) and the last being Tadpoles in a Jar in 1999. His Big River album of 1995 sold over a million copies. Mark Knopfler plays guitar on title tracks, a compliment that was repaid with an important plot reference to Oz's being a fan of Dire Straits in the third (revived) series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002).

In 2001 Nail released an album of cover songs, Ten Great Songs and an OK Voice. The album contained different versions of songs such as "Walking on the Moon" (The Police), "Something" (George Harrison) and "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder).

His work has resulted in five BAFTA nominations (three in total for A.W.P., one for Spender, one for Crocodile Shoes), a Golden Globe nomination (Best Original Song – "Still Crazy"), an Ivor Novello nomination (for "Ain't No Doubt") and numerous other awards and nominations.

Nail successfully sued NCJ, who publish the North East England newspapers The Journal, Evening Chronicle, and Sunday Sun for following a series of allegations relating to Nail's on-set behaviour during production on the third series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

In 2004, Nail successfully sued the News of the World for defamation (Nail v News Group Newspapers Limited, 20 December 2004) and subsequently received damages of £30,000.

In 2005, his autobiography, A Northern Soul, was published in the UK by Penguin Books.

In 2008 Nail created and starred as Phil Parker in Parents of the Band, a 6 x 30 mins series on BBC1, broadcast between November 2008 and January 2009. The series revolves around a group of teenagers who form a band just for their own enjoyment, and their parents, who fully expect them to be nothing less than the next Led Zeppelin. Ratings were disappointing, around the three million mark, and there are presently no plans for a second series.

Nail was reported to be working on Sting's musical as of February 2012, The Last Ship, which is based on the closure of a shipyard in Nail's hometown. On 6 and 7 February 2012 the musical was showcased in rough form. According to an article in the Telegraph Nail had "ostensibly retired" prior to working on the musical.

Nail was actively involved in the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund, established to help young talent in North East England. To aid this, he participated in the Sunday for Sammy benefit concerts, until workload forced him to resign from the board.

Nail appeared on the NBC 'Today' Show from New York on 24 September 2013 with Sting singing 'The Last Ship', and also broadcast on BBC Four on 27 April 2014.

From 10 June to 13 July 2014, Nail played the role of Jackie White in the Chicago try-out of "The Last Ship" at the Bank of America Theatre. The musical made the transition to Broadway in the fall, with previews beginning 30 September and an official opening night on 26 October at the Neil Simon Theater. Nail was replaced by Sting as Jackie White starting December 9, 2014 to raise falling ticket sales.

Best films

Evita (1996)

Usually with

Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1 films)
Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(3 films)
Mike Hodges
Mike Hodges
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jimmy Nail (11 films)

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The 10th Kingdom, 6h57
Directed by David Carson, Herbert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about the labor movement, Wolves in film, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Scott Cohen, Ed O'Neill, John Larroquette, Daniel Lapaine, Dianne Wiest
Roles Clayface the Goblin
Rating82% 4.1484.1484.1484.1484.148
In a hidden realm, fairy tale characters inhabit nine magical kingdoms where an Evil Queen plots to rule them. She is trapped in the Fourth Kingdom Prison under the rule of Prince Wendell; the spoiled, arrogant grandson of Snow White. Weeks before his coronation ceremony, the Queen enlists the help of the brutal Troll King and his three children to release her before the Prince makes his annual visit to the prison.
Still Crazy, 1h32
Directed by Brian Gibson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Stephen Rea, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Juliet Aubrey
Roles Les Wickes
Rating70% 3.548143.548143.548143.548143.54814
The band Strange Fruit performs at the 1977 Wisbech Rock Festival. Hughie Case tells how, due to the pursuit of "fame, fortune and fornication" – and the drug overdose of their original singer, Keith Lovell – this is their last performance. After various issues, the band prematurely ends their performance, frustrated over competing egos and various members' lack of self-control.
Evita (1996)
, 2h14
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Peter Polycarpou, Adrià Collado
Roles Agustín Magaldi
Rating62% 3.1495153.1495153.1495153.1495153.149515
In a cinema in Buenos Aires on July 26, 1952, a film is interrupted when the news breaks of the death of Eva Perón, Argentina's first lady, at the age of 33. The nation goes into public mourning. Ché, a member of the public, marvels at the spectacle and promises to show how Eva did "nothing, for years." The rest of the film follows Eva Duarte (later Eva Duarte de Perón) from her humble beginnings as an illegitimate child of a lower class woman to her rise to become First Lady and Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina, with Ché assuming many different guises throughout Eva's story.
Danny the Champion of the World, 1h24
Directed by Gavin Millar
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Robbie Coltrane, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern, Lionel Jeffries, Jean Marsh
Roles Rabbetts
Rating66% 3.3444953.3444953.3444953.3444953.344495
In 1955, William Smith (Jeremy Irons), a widower, lives with his nine-year-old son Danny (Samuel Irons) in a Vardo behind the filling station and garage where he works in the English countryside.
Dream Demon, 1h26
Directed by Harley Cokeliss
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Actors Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Susan Fleetwood, Annabelle Lanyon
Roles Paul
Rating55% 2.7566952.7566952.7566952.7566952.756695
Diana (Jemma Redgrave) is a high class young woman with a troubled past, who is on the verge of marrying the caddish Oliver (Mark Greenstreet). Spending the night in her old and spooky family mansion, Diana stares into a mirror and begins experiencing terrifying dreams. She sees her past, present and future, while at the same time entering a dark dimension of her own. One day Diana is visited by her friend Jenny (Kathleen Wilhoite), an American tourist and also a victim of a turbulent past. Without knowing how or why, Diana suddenly pulls Jenny into her nightmarish world.
Just Ask for Diamond, 1h30
Directed by Stephen Bayly
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Dursley McLinden, Saeed Jaffrey, Susannah York, Jimmy Nail, Michael Robbins, Alison Ruffelle
Roles Boyle
Rating61% 3.050323.050323.050323.050323.05032
A pair of brothers are paid to take care of a confectionery box, but soon come under pressure from various people seeking its contents.
Crusoe (1988)
, 1h31
Directed by Caleb Deschanel
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films based on Robinson Crusoe
Actors Aidan Quinn, Adé Sapara, Timothy Spall, Michael Higgins, Shane Rimmer, Ricco Ross
Roles Tatik
Rating61% 3.099653.099653.099653.099653.09965
Tidewater, Virginia 1808. The story begins at sea with the main protagonist, Crusoe (Aidan Quinn), en route to Africa to retrieve slaves. His ship runs into a powerful storm, and the entire crew perishes except for Crusoe. He eventually makes his way to a tropical island, where he is alone and stranded until he discovers that a dog and a small flock of geese have also survived. He befriends the dog, and gains a close ally. He initially encounters many challenges, but eventually manages to make himself at ease on the island. Later he finds a rifle inside the shipwreck, and, weapon in hand and dog by his side, begins exploring the island. After spending more time on the island, Crusoe stumbles upon a group of tribesmen who are indigenous to the area but not the island. He finds, to his horror, that they are cannibals.
Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch, 1h31
Directed by Philippe Mora
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Christopher Lee, Reb Brown, Annie McEnroe, Sybil Danning, Jimmy Nail, Ferdy Mayne
Roles Punk
Rating36% 1.8143651.8143651.8143651.8143651.814365
Ben White (Reb Brown) attends the funeral of his sister, journalist Karen White, the heroine of the previous film. Ben meets both Jenny Templeton (Annie McEnroe), one of Karen's colleagues, and Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee), a mysterious interloper who tells him Karen was a werewolf. Providing videotaped evidence of the transformation – and turning up to destroy Karen as her undead body rises from the grave – Crosscoe convinces Ben and Jenny to accompany him to Transylvania to battle Stirba (Sybil Danning), an immortal werewolf queen. Along the way, the trio encounter Mariana (Marsha Hunt), another lusty werewolf siren, and her minion Erle (Ferdy Mayne).
Morons from Outer Space, 1h31
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films
Actors Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Jimmy Nail, James Sikking, Mark Lewis Jones, André Maranne
Roles Desmond
Rating45% 2.260612.260612.260612.260612.26061
The story begins on a small spaceship docking with a refueling station. On board are a group of four aliens, Bernard, Sandra, Desmond, and Julian. During a particularly tedious period of their stay at the station, the other three begin playing with the ship’s controls while Bernard is outside playing spaceball. They accidentally disconnect his part of the ship, leaving him stranded while they crash into a large blue planet close by (Earth).
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story, 3h20
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Richard Chamberlain, Alice Krige, Kenneth Colley, Melanie Mayron, Stuart Wilson, Bibi Andersson
Roles Vilmos
Rating72% 3.6325453.6325453.6325453.6325453.632545
Raoul Wallenberg est un fonctionnaire suédois qui s'illustre pendant la Seconde guerre mondiale. Alors que les déportations de juifs sévissent dans toute l'Europe, Wallenberg se sert de sa position diplomatique pour délivrer de faux passeports à des dizaines de milliers de juifs leur évitant ainsi la Shoah.
Get Carter
Get Carter (1971)
, 1h52
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, John Osborne, Britt Ekland, Bryan Mosley, Wolfgang Suschitzky
Rating73% 3.6982753.6982753.6982753.6982753.698275
Newcastle-born gangster Jack Carter has lived in London for years in the employ of organised crime bosses Gerald and Sid Fletcher. Jack is sleeping with Gerald's girlfriend Anna and plans to escape with her to South America. But first he must return to Newcastle and Gateshead to attend the funeral of his brother Frank, who died in a purported drunk-driving accident. Unsatisfied with the official explanation, Jack investigates for himself. At the funeral Jack meets with his teenage niece Doreen and Frank's evasive mistress Margaret. It is later implied that Doreen might actually be Jack's daughter.