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Former child actor Paul Nicholls quickly became a heartthrob when he segued to adult roles in 1996 as the troubled young Joe Wicks on the popular British serial "EastEnders." The tall, brown-haired actor's portrayal of the schizophrenic teenager was appropriately powerful and sensitive. In some ways, though his acting skills were overshadowed by his status as a teen idol; just as his performances were becoming truly impressive, his likeness was featured on countless magazines and posters bought up by his many fans. Just over a year after joining the cast, Nicholls left "EastEnders" in 1997 and briefly considered giving up acting altogether for a career behind the camera. Instead, he joined the cast of the BBC police drama series "City Central" (1998- ). Working on this show helped to boost his confidence as an actor and transcended his sex symbol image. His lead role in the 1998 London stage production of "Billy Liar" further established him as a serious actor and not just another pretty face. Nicholls finally segued to the big screen as the star of the WWI drama "The Trench" (1999).
Cast (Feature Film)
Began acting at age 10 with the Oldham Theatre Workshop
TV acting debut, a three-line role on the ITV hospital drama "Children's Ward"
Appeared on the BBC mystery series "Earthfasts"
Acted in the children's drama "The Biz" (BBC), was regular in the first two series and made guest appearances in the third
Garnered attention as a teenaged father who murders his child in an episode of "Out of the Blue"
Joined the cast of the BBC police drama series "City Central"
Played title role in the London stage production of "Billy Liar"
Feature film debut in the WWI drama "The Trench"
Starred in the British TV drama "The Passion", playing an actor hired to portray Jesus in a Passion Play
Co-starred with Nigel Hawthorne and Joan Collins in the feature "The Clandestine Marriage"
Acted on stage in the London production of "Mrs. Steinberg and the Byker Boy"; played a gay social worker
Co-starred with Jessica Lange, Charles Dance and Paul Rudd in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
Starred in the feature "Goodbye, Charlie Bright"
Acted on the London stage in "The Promise" and later in "Vincent in Brixton"