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Also Known As: Nicholas Anthony Philip Clay Died: May 25, 2000
Born: September 18, 1946 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: South London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Nicholas Clay was born to working-class parents in Streatham, London and had a yen for the stage very early in his life. After graduating from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he immediately began securing roles on the stage, being cast in several productions at the Old Vic Theatre, led by Sir Laurence Olivier. He quickly moved on to films and TV productions in England. His first breakthrough role came with 1972â¿¿s "The Darwin Adventure," in which he was cast as Charles Darwin. Audiences came in droves to 1981â¿¿s "Lady Chatterleyâ¿¿s Lover," but that was more due to co-star Sylvia Kristelâ¿¿s nude scenes. His career really started to take off in the 1980s, when he was cast in his biggest role as Lancelot in John Boormanâ¿¿s Arthurian epic, "Excalibur." That film was a worldwide success, and opened the door for many other roles throughout the decade. In the 1980s, Clay was given a screen test for the role of James Bond, but sadly didnâ¿¿t get the role. He primarily worked in television for the latter half of his career, with a recurring role on the BBC series "Virtual Murder" being the most notable. Clay passed away of liver cancer in 2000, leaving behind a wife and two daughters. ...

Nicholas Clay was born to working-class parents in Streatham, London and had a yen for the stage very early in his life. After graduating from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he immediately began securing roles on the stage, being cast in several productions at the Old Vic Theatre, led by Sir Laurence Olivier. He quickly moved on to films and TV productions in England. His first breakthrough role came with 1972â¿¿s "The Darwin Adventure," in which he was cast as Charles Darwin. Audiences came in droves to 1981â¿¿s "Lady Chatterleyâ¿¿s Lover," but that was more due to co-star Sylvia Kristelâ¿¿s nude scenes. His career really started to take off in the 1980s, when he was cast in his biggest role as Lancelot in John Boormanâ¿¿s Arthurian epic, "Excalibur." That film was a worldwide success, and opened the door for many other roles throughout the decade. In the 1980s, Clay was given a screen test for the role of James Bond, but sadly didnâ¿¿t get the role. He primarily worked in television for the latter half of his career, with a recurring role on the BBC series "Virtual Murder" being the most notable. Clay passed away of liver cancer in 2000, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 MERLIN (1998) Lord Leo
2.
 Hotel Shanghai (1997) Bobbie Russell
3.
 Sleeping Beauty (1987) Prince
4.
 Lionheart (1987) Charles Demontfort
5.
 Corsican Brothers, The (1985) Giordano Martelli
6.
 Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1983) Jack Stapleton
7.
 Evil Under The Sun (1982) Patrick Redfern
8.
 Lady Chatterley's Lover (1982) Oliver Mellors
9.
 Excalibur (1981) Lancelot
10.
 Zulu Dawn (1979) Lieutenant Raw
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wife:
Lorna Heilbron. Psychotherapist. Married in 1980.

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father:
Bill Clay.
mother:
Rose Clay. Survived him.
daughter:
Ella Clay. Born c. 1981.
daughter:
Madge Clay. Born c. 1986.
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