Nickolas Grace

Nickolas Grace (born 21 November 1947) is an English actor known for his roles on television, including Anthony Blanche in the acclaimed ITV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1980s series Robin of Sherwood. Grace also played Dorien Green's husband Marcus Green in the 1990s British comedy series Birds of a Feather.

Nickolas Grace
Born (1947-11-21) 21 November 1947
Years active1960present

Early life and career

Grace was educated at the King's School, Chester[1] and Forest School, Walthamstow. He trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he still teaches.

Grace made his theatrical debut in weekly rep in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex in 1969, and appeared in Trevor Peacock's Erb later that year, which transferred to the Strand Theatre in spring 1970, his first appearance in the West End. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1972, and in 1973 played Aumerle there in the Ian Richardson/Richard Pasco Richard II, which transferred to Broadway.

He then played Hamlet for the opening of the Playhouse, Derby in 1975. Back at the RSC from 1976-78 he appeared as Dromio of Ephesus in Trevor Nunn's first ever musical, The Comedy of Errors (with Judi Dench, Michael Williams and Roger Rees), Hitler in Schweik and Witwoud in The Way of the World, directed by John Barton.

Brideshead Revisited

Grace secured the part of the flamboyant aesthete Anthony Blanche in Brideshead Revisited, which filmed off and on from 1979 to 1981. Following the success of Brideshead Revisited on television, he played Richard II at the Young Vic in 1981, and Mozart in Amadeus with Frank Finlay at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1982. He then began working in operetta, playing Koko in The Mikado and Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore for Sadler's Wells Opera in repertoire from 1982 until 1986.

Grace was Harry Hamilton-Paul in the film Heat and Dust (1983). It was around this time that he took the role of Robert de Rainault, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in ITV's Robin of Sherwood (1983-86).

Grace's theatre work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included Jenkins' Ear by Dusty Hughes at the Royal Court in 1986, Bernstein's Candide (Old Vic/Scottish Opera/BBC) in 1988-89 and The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester (1990), which transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre. He played Cole Porter in A Swell Party at the Vaudeville in 1991-92 and appeared in Ken Russell's production of Princess Ida for ENO at the Coliseum Theatre in 1992.


Following a recurring role in 1993 as the unnamed 'Consultant' on Victor Lewis-Smith's loosely hospital-based sketch show Inside Victor Lewis-Smith, Grace played Marcus Green, the long-suffering husband of Dorien in Birds of a Feather, in a couple of episodes between 1989 and 1997. He has also appeared three times in the BBC Sitcom My Family.

Grace played Underling the Butler in The Drowsy Chaperone with Elaine Paige at the Novello Theatre, which ended its run on 4 August 2007. On 29 July 2009 he appeared on the UK version of Dragons Den as the proposed director of a new touring musical based around the life of Dusty Springfield.

He had a recurring role in some Doctor Who audio stories, produced by Big Finish as a Time Lord ally; Straxus, of the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller, (Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith) in the stories Human Resources, Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius.

He portrayed Albert Einstein in the Doctor Who short "Death is the Only Answer".

In 2012, Grace starred in Chariots of Fire, the stage adaptation of the film of the same title. In it he played the Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University, the role originated on screen by John Gielgud.

Grace is President of the Vic-Wells Association.[2]

TV and filmography

GenreYearTitleEpisode RoleNotes
Film1960The City of the Dead uncredited
TV series1970Z-Cars"A Couple of Comic Turns: Part 2" Private Jefferson
TV series1971The Fenn Street Gang"A Fair Swap" Bernard
TV series1971Kate"A Good Meddle" David Burwood
TV series1971The Onedin Line"When My Ship Comes In" Arab
TV series1972Z-Cars"Sweet Girl" Boy
TV series1975Churchill's People"True Patriots All" James Lovelesshistorical drama series
TV series1975The Love School"The Brotherhood" William Rossetti
TV series1975Survivors"Gone to the Angels" Matthew
TV series1975Ten from the Twenties"The Anarchist" Joe Manders
TV series1978BBC Television Shakespeare"The Comedy of Errors" Dromio of Ephesus
TV series1978The Pink Medicine Show
TV miniseries1979Oresteia"Agamemnon" Messenger
TV series1980The Professionals"Mixed Doubles" Joe
TV film1981All's Well That Ends Well The Soldier
TV miniseries1981Brideshead Revisited Anthony Blanche
TV series1983BBC Television Shakespeare"All's Well That Ends Well" Soldier
TV series1983Bergerac"Prime Target" Inspector Chazottes
Film1983Heat and Dust Harry Hamilton-Paul
TV film1984Lace Sir Christopher Swann
TV film1984The Master of Ballantrae Secundra Dasspart of the Hallmark Hall of Fame
TV film1984Morte d'Arthur Sir Mordred
TV series1984Robin of Sherwood"Robin Hood and the Sorcerer"
"The Witch of Elsdon"
"The King's Fool"
"Seven Poor Knights from Acre"
"Alan a Dale"
"The Children of Israel"
Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham17 episodes total
TV miniseries1985The Last Place on Earth Lord Howard De Walden
TV film1985Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future Grossman
TV series1985Robin of Sherwood"The Enchantment"
"The Greatest Enemy"
Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham17 episodes total
TV series1986C.A.T.S. Eyes"Powerline" Jamie Leydon
TV series1986Robin of Sherwood"Herne's Son: Part 1"
"Herne's Son: Part 2"
"The Power of Albion"
"The Sheriff of Nottingham"
"The Betrayal"
"Adam Bell"
"The Pretender"
"The Time of the Wolf: Part 1"
"The Time of the Wolf: Part 2"
Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham17 episodes total
TV miniseries1987Lorca, muerte de un poeta"Impresiones y paisajes (1903–1918)"
"La residencia (1918–1923)"
"El amor oscuro (1925–1928)"
"El llanto (1929–1935)"
"Una guerra civil (1935–1936)"
Federico García Lorca6 episodes total
TV miniseries1987Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Lord Nelson
Film1988Dream Demon Jenny's Father
Film1988Just Ask for Diamond Himmell
TV miniseries1988Lorca, muerte de un poeta"La muerte (1936)" Federico García Lorca6 episodes total
Film1988Salome's Last Dance Oscar Wilde
TV series1989Birds of a Feather"Cheat!" Marcus Green3 episodes total
TV film1989The Man in the Brown Suit Guy Underhill
TV miniseries1989Twist of Fate Wolf
TV series1990Cluedo"Going, Going, Goner" Peregrine Talbot- Wheeler
TV serial1990The Green Man Rev. Tommy Sonnenscheim
TV film1990Hands of a Murderer Oberstein
TV series1990House of Cards"The Final Cut" Geoffrey Booza-Pitt
TV series1991Tonight at 8.30"Hands Across the Sea" Bogie Gosling
TV series1992Absolutely Fabulous"Fashion" Jonny
TV series1992Alas Smith and Jones"Episode #7.4"
TV series1992The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes"The Master Blackmailer" Bertrand
TV series1992Lovejoy"Angel Trousers" Jeremy Prince
TV series1993Birds of a Feather"Suspicious Minds" Marcus Green3 episodes total
TV series1993Inside Victor Lewis-Smith The Consultant
TV series1993The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries"A Man Lay Dead" Dr. Hans Hoffner
TV series1993The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"Prague, August 1917" The Prague Spy/Clouseau
TV series1994The Chief"Episode #4.8" Sir Oliver Creighton
Short film1994Ole 31 minutes; directed by Dennis Iliadis
TV film1994Sharpe's Honour Father Hacha
TV series1994Space Precinct"Double Duty" Oturi Nissim
Film1994Tom & Viv Bertrand Russell
TV series1995Bugs"Hot Metal" Raymond Charlesworth
TV serial1995The Final Cut Geoffrey Booza Pitt
Animated film1995Pocahontas voice actor
TV film1995Solomon & Sheba Jeroboam
Film1995Two Deaths Marius Vernescu
TV series1996Delta Wave"A Glitch in Time: Part 1"
"A Glitch in Time: Part 2"
"Dodgy Jammers: Part 1"
"Dodgy Jammers: Part 2"
Stump4 episodes
Film1996Evita Tailorcameo
TV series1996Tales from the Crypt"Escape" Albert Frye/Lieutenant Forsyth
Video1997Absolutely Fabulous"Absolutely Not!" Jonny
TV series1997Birds of a Feather"Rising Damp" Marcus Green3 episodes total
Video1997Caught in the Act Melvin (Ventriloquist)produced by Barrie Goulding
TV film1997The Hunchback Gauchére
Film1997Shooting Fish Mr. Stratton-Luce
TV series1998Britain's Richest People Narrator
TV miniseries1998Merlin Sir Egbert
Film1999An Ideal Husband Vicomte de Nanjac
TV film2000Cinderella First Minister
Film2000The Golden Bowl Lecturer
TV series2000Midsomer Murders"Judgement Day" Frank Mannion2 episodes total
Video game2001In Cold Blood John Cord / Techniciansvoice actor
TV series2001My Family"Driving Miss Crazy" Mr. Casey3 episodes total
TV serial2002Daniel Deronda Vandernoodt
Film2002Puckoon Foggerty
Short film2002Putting Down the King
TV film2005Agatha Christie's Marple"Sleeping Murder" Lionel LuffAgatha Christie's Marple TV series
TV serial2005Casanova French Chancellor
TV series2005Egypt"The Search for Tutankhamun" Anton Badrutt
TV film2005Ian Fleming: Bondmaker William Plomerdocudrama about Ian Fleming
Film2005Splinter Glasses
TV film2006The Commander"Blacklight" Reginald AitkenThe Commander TV series
Film2006Confetti Judge
TV film2006The Shell Seekers Mundy
Film2006These Foolish Things Nathaniel Meadowsweet
Short film2007Mr Thornton's Change of Heart Cupid12 minutes
Film2008Affinity Mr. Hither
TV series2008The Bill"Body of Evidence" Richard Stirling
TV series2008My Family"Neighbour Wars" Mr. Casey3 episodes total
TV series2009Casual+y"The Trap" Dennis
TV series2009Midsomer Murders"The Creeper" Hugo Greening2 episodes total
TV series2009Minder"The Art of the Matter" Tasty Tim
Short film2010The Hardest Part Victor14 minutes
TV series2010My Family"Mary Christmas" Mr. Casey3 episodes total
TV series2010Piers Morgan's Life Stories"Joan Collins" Himself
TV series2011Doctor Who"Death Is the Only Answer" Albert Einstein
TV series2011Doctor Who Confidential"About a Boy"
"Heartbreak Hotel"
Himself / Albert Einsteindocumentary series
TV series2017Decline and FallEpisode 1ProstlethwaiteBBC1 TV drama
TV series2019Killing Eve"The Hungry Caterpillar"LarryBBC America drama


  1. "Inspirational Alumni Members". The King's School Chester. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
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