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Nicholas "Nick" Berry (born 16 April 1963) is an English television actor and musician. He is best known for his role as PC Nick Rowan in the British drama television series Heartbeat from 1992 to 1998. He is also known for his roles as Simon Wicks in the British soap opera EastEnders from 1985 to 1990 (followed by a brief re-appearance in January 2012).
Berry started acting at the age of eight. After attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London he played minor parts on television, film, and stage before he got his big break playing Simon 'Wicksy' Wicks in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, joining the series just after its inception in 1985 and staying until the end of 1990. Berry's character was thought up overnight and had been scheduled to appear later, however he was introduced to restore the cast balance distorted by the unexpected departure of actor David Scarboro who played the original Mark Fowler. Scarboro's departure meant many of his functions as one of the more senior of the young characters would need to be taken over by another character and thus Wicksy was introduced rather sooner than originally planned and Berry was cast with minimal delay. He was quickly hailed as EastEnders' top pin-up and during this time was besieged by fanmail from female admirers.
Berry soon took a break from EastEnders to tour and make an album from which the number one single 'Every Loser Wins' came in 1986. The song was heavily featured within EastEnders in a plotline referred to as The Banned in which the youths of Walford all formed a pop group and performed the songs on screen. It was the second biggest selling single in the UK that year, remaining at number one for three weeks. Its composers Simon May, Stewart James and Bradley James each received an Ivor Novello Award. The self-titled album, from which "Every Loser Wins" hails, has never been released in CD format. The single contains a non-LP B-side, an instrumental version of "Every Loser Wins", with guitars substituting on melody instead of Berry's voice. It also has yet to see a release on CD.
Berry returned to EastEnders after his musical career stalled but left again in an 'open to return' storyline which was aired in December 1990. His character has only made one brief re-appearance since in an episode dated 13 January 2012, marking the funeral of his on-screen mother, played by Pam St. Clement.
In 1992, Berry was cast in the role of Yorkshire policeman PC (later Sgt) Nick Rowan in ITV's drama series Heartbeat (1992-98). Berry recorded the title song 'Heartbeat' in 1992, a cover of the 1959 Buddy Holly hit, which reached number two in the UK singles chart and spawned a second album. His wife Rachel Robertson also appeared in the series in small one-off roles.
In 1998 Berry left Heartbeat for the BBC 1 written, produced, and directed series Harbour Lights. Shot around the area of Bridport he played a harbourmaster. Less successful than his two previous character-based programmes, it ran for two series. Berry returned to Heartbeat for a one-off twin episode special in 2002, the episodes based on his character's new career as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer.
Berry's other credits include The Mystery of Men with Neil Pearson and Warren Clarke, Paparazzo, "Duck Patrol", The Black Velvet Band with Todd Carty, and playing the maverick cop Liam Ketman alongside Stephen Tompkinson in the BBC crime drama In Deep.
Berry runs his own production company called Valentine Productions.
Berry had a car crash when he was twenty-one: he fractured his skull when he was thrown through a windscreen; he survived the experience unscarred.
During his time in EastEnders Berry dated his co-star Gillian Taylforth who played Kathy Beale.
Berry married actress Rachel Robertson in 1994. They have two boys, Louis (born 1995) and Finley (born 1998) and the family resides in Epping, Essex.
Berry is a supporter of West Ham United F.C.
Popular culture reference:
The Father Ted episode "Night of the Nearly Dead" features a sermon which begins: "I think it was the actor Nick Berry who said...". The mclusky song "Random Celebrity Insult Generator" contains the main vocal line repeated many times throughout the song "Nick Berry had talent in a previous life".
Boy at school
1 episode: Kites
1 episode: Rip It Up
1 episode: The Purple People Eater
The Box of Delights
3 episodes: When the Wolves Were Running, Where Shall the 'Knighted Showman Go?, In Darkest Cellars Underneath
Cover Her Face
1 episode: 1.2
Ben the Window-Cleaner
1 episode: Charity Begins at Home
Black Velvet Band
Heartbeat: Changing Places
The Mystery of Men
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Nicholls
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