Nigel Havers

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Nigel Allan Havers (born 6 November 1949) is an English actor. He is probably best known for his BAFTA-nominated role as Lord Andrew Lindsay in the 1981 British film Chariots of Fire, and for his role as Dr. Tom Latimer in the British TV comedy series Don't Wait Up. He portrayed the role of Lewis Archer in Coronation Street from 2009 to 2010. He returned to the role in 2012 and departed once again in February 2013. Life and career Havers's first acting job was in the radio series Mrs Dale's Diary and he subsequently went onto working for the Prospect Theatre Company initially 'carrying a spear and making cups of tea' as he puts it in his autobiography. After this he had a stint working for a Jamie Symonds. Mr Symonds who was interviewed on Richard and Judy stated, "Nige used to babysit for us back then as well as iron and generally fix things. I loved him greatly as I still do. I miss his fluffy hair and his strong hands". From an early age Havers had an eye for the ladies; Kenneth More, a friend of his father, advised a young Havers that "if you are charming, you don't have to ask them to go to bed, they ask you". He describes his experiences with an early leading lady, Maxine Audley thus: "I was in her dressing room doing whatever she asked me to, and I mean anything and everything. One afternoon I sauntered into her dressing room, still in my officer's kit, only to find a similarly clad new member of the cast rehearsing what I had perfected over the past few months. My time was up. She blew me a kiss and I slid away. Actually, I was rather relieved, I needed a rest." After his theatre work, Havers slid into a period of acting unemployment, during which time he worked for a wine merchant. He ended this part of his career when his girlfriend, who later became his first wife, Carolyn Cox, suggested they move in together in 1974. In 1975 Havers's career began to pick up with an appearance in Upstairs, Downstairs, appearing in one of the series' last episodes, "Joke Over" as Peter Dinmont, one of Georgina's Lesley-Anne Down Roaring Twenties "party" friends. Dinmont is in the Rolls Royce when Georgina accidentally kills a farmer on a bicycle. Dinmont refuses to testify on Georgina's behalf at a preliminary trial, as he was passed out drunk in the backseat and did not witness the accident. His first film appearance was a small part in Pope Joan (1972), but his first major success came with the leading role in a BBC dramatisation of Nicholas Nickleby (1977), closely followed by another BBC drama serial, A Horseman Riding By. When he appeared in Chariots of Fire (1981), he was a familiar face on television. Despite appearing in such films as A Passage to India (1984) and Empire of the Sun (1987), he never made a name for himself as a film star, but has continued in a succession of starring roles on television. He co-starred for several years in the 1980s BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up alongside Tony Britton. He also starred in The Little Princess in 1986 with Maureen Lipman, which won him a dedicated audience. He is also widely recognised in the Lloyds Bank television commercials. In 2009 he appeared in the U.S. television drama Brothers & Sisters, and the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. In February 2010, he appeared in the British soap (broadcast on the ITV network) Coronation Street playing the charming male escort Lewis Archer, who woos Audrey Roberts. In November 2010 Havers became a contestant on the tenth series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which started on 14 November 2010. A week after the first episode of the series was aired, it emerged on ITV morning show DayBreak, that Nigel Havers had walked from the jungle. Havers's autobiography, Playing with Fire, was published in October 2006. He is a supporter of the British Red Cross. On The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Tuesday 11 October 2011, Havers revealed that he would be going back to Coronation Street in early 2012. It is not known yet if this will be on a temporary or permanent basis. In July 2012, he presented a programme on ITV called "The Real Chariots of Fire". This was about the runners who inspired the film Chariots of Fire. Trivia Daughter: Kate born 1977. Younger son of Lord Michael Havers, QC, a Conservative MP for Wimbledon, Attorney General (1979-1987) and Lord High Chancellor of England (1987). Lord Havers, was the prosecutor of Gerry and Giuseppe Conlon, whose story was portrayed in the film In the Name of the Father (1993). He now claims to regret not moving to Hollywood after the success of Chariots of Fire (1981). He and Gary Graham were the only two actors who were permitted to audition for the role of Captain Janeway in "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995). His wife, Polly, was ill with cancer for four years and died on 24 June 2004. Attended same school as singer Sarah Brightman. Supports Ipswich Town Football Club. Nephew of Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (born 1933) who in 1988 became the first woman named to the Court of Appeal and later President of the Family Division. Where Are They Now (December 2003) Starring in Francis Veber's 'See U Next Tuesday' as Pierre Brochant with Ardal O'Hanlon at the Albery Theatre in London.

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Farewell to the King

Capt. Fairbourne

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The Whistle Blower

Robert 'Bob' Jones

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The Glass Virgin - Catherine Cookson

Edmund Lagrange (unknown episodes)

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Manchild - The Complete First Season

Terry

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Red Eagle

Peter Husak

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Sleepers

Jeremy Coward/Sergei Rublev

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Quiet Days in Clichy

Alfred Perlès, AKA Karl

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Amazonas

Hofstadter

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Element of Doubt

Richard

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Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple

Self - Narrator (voice)

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Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple

Self - Narrator (voice)

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Murder on the Blackpool Express

Doc

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Penelope

Mr. Vanderman

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

David Niven

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Little Britain - Abroad

Leader of the Opposition (2 episodes, 2004-2005)

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Best Ever Bond

Himself

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Manchild - The Complete First Season

Terry

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Masterpiece Theatre - The Cazalets

Bobby Shaw (unknown episodes)

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Amazonas

Hofstadter

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Element of Doubt

Richard

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The Glass Virgin - Catherine Cookson

Edmund Lagrange (unknown episodes)

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Red Eagle

Peter Husak

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A Perfect Hero

Hugh Fleming

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Sleepers

Jeremy Coward/Sergei Rublev

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Quiet Days in Clichy

Alfred Perlès, AKA Karl

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Farewell to the King

Capt. Fairbourne

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Empire of the Sun

Dr. Rawlins

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The Whistle Blower

Robert 'Bob' Jones

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Hold The Dream - Barbara Taylor Bradford

Jim Fairley

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A Passage to India

Ronny Heaslop

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Chariots of Fire

Lord Andrew Lindsay

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Birth of the Beatles

George Martin

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Edward the King

Hon. Frederick Crichton (2 episodes, 1975)

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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

Counterman

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The Haunting of Julia

Estate agent

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Pope Joan

Young monk

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