Nigel was an early voice for advertising Tesco’s and their slogan ‘every little helps’. He has certainly helped me endlessly since we were both young in the media. I am a BBC drama director and Nigel is one of the most talented and delightful actors I have ever had the luck to work with.
Way back in the first ten years (1960-70) we floated our way through a nature programme together with the old ITMA actor Fred Yule. Fred played Farmer Collins and Nigel his eager pupil, Tony. I think it was a ‘live’ insert into a programme called ‘How Things Began’ (Schools Radio).
By the 1970’s I had moved to adult drama. Nigel enjoyed a tense engagement in an adaptation of ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles. Judi Dench (8 months pregnant) played the victim he chloroforms and keeps in a shed until ….
A neat, nimble, wonderfully versatile actor, I have shared with him some of the best writing I have tackled. Plays like ‘Victory’ by Howard Barker, ‘Epsom Downs’ by Howard Brenton and ‘Plenty’ by David Hare.
Truthful to the text and a magical voice to conjure with …
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