Paul Nicholas


Paul Nicholas became a household favourite in the role of Vince Pinner in the celebrated British sitcom Just Good Friends which won the BAFTA award for Best Comedy Series. Paul has continued to star in many TV series including the evil Gavin Sullivan in EastEnders and can be seen as himself in the BAFTA nominated series The Real Marigold Hotel and Marigold On Tour.

His film credits include: Tommy, The Jazz Singer, Stardust, Lisztomania, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The World Is Full is Full of Married, What Became of Jack and Jill, See No Evil, Yesterday’s Hero and more recently Neville Chamberlain in Masaryk.

On stage, Paul’s theatrical success began more than fifty years ago in 1968 when he originated the role of Claude in the London premiere of Hair. Following this, in 1972 he originated the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. He starred as Danny Zuko in the original West End production of Grease with Elaine Page and as the Rum Tum Tugger in the original production of Cats. His other leading role musical credits include The Exorcist UK Tour, Quartet Cheltenham Theatre and UK tour, Jekyll & Hyde, Barnum, 42nd Street, Singing In The Rain, Dr Doolittle, A Christmas Carol, Pirates of Penzance, Tale of Two Cities, Fiddler On The Roof and Jerry Herman’s Dear World.

His venture into pop singing in 1976 resulted in four top ten UK hits including the USA two million best seller Heaven On The Seventh Floor. Paul has since received a further four gold albums and presented his own pop series on Granada TV called ‘Paul’. His numerous television appearances also include four Royal Variety Performances. At the end of 1991 Paul was the subject of This Is Your Life. For his service to show business and charity, Paul was awarded a Silver Heart from the Variety Club of Great Britain.

Most recently, Paul’s theatrical ventures have included leading roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directed by Lucy Bailey for a UK tour; The Exorcist directed by Sean Mathias for a UK tour; Quartet directed by Peter Rowe for the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and a UK tour; And Then There Were None directed by Joe Harmston for a UK tour

Paul has also coproduced numerous shows including Grease, Singing in the Rain, Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Chess and Saturday Night Fever.

In 2021 Paul published his autobiography Musicals, Marigolds & Me and a three CD boxset Paul Nicholas Gold featuring his pop and musical career including Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Hair and Grease.