Nail first came to prominence as Oz in British television's massively successful, BAFTA-nominated Auf Wiedersehen Pet in 1981, which boasted a viewership of 15 million. He later created another unforgettable character, the undercover detective Freddie Spender, in the hit BBC series Spender -- a series he wrote, executive-produced, and starred in, and which ran on TV for four years and earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Series, as well as a Television and Radio Industries Award. The series also led to his writing a best-selling Spender novel. The Nail-created, smash-hit TV series Crocodile Shoes, in which he starred as a low-rank country singer dreaming of the big time, won a BAFTA nomination for Best Television Music and an Ivor Novello nomination for Best Title Song. Nail's second series of Crocodile Shoes will be televised at the end of 1996.
A successful recording artist for the past ten years, Nail's 1994 triple platinum album Crocodile Shoes sold 900,000 copies in the UK alone. He completed his second sell-out UK tour for this album.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Jimmy Nail Facts
|James Michael Aloysius Bradford
|March 16, 1954 (69)
|Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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