Jimmy Nail

Jimmy Nail


3/16/1954, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Birth Name

James Michael Aloysius Bradford


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Jimmy Nail was born James Michael Aloysius Bradford in 1954 to mother Laura and father Jimmy. His father was a professional footballer and played for Huddersfield Town. Jimmy was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. By the time he was 20, Jimmy was into organised football violence…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jimmy is 6'3" tall.

    • In 1995, a story written by Jimmy for Spender: The Novel was published in The Crimebusters Omnibus; a compendium of crime stories.

    • Jimmy's song Ain't no doubt, reached No.1 in the official U.K. Top 40 in July 1992. He has had a total of 7 Top 40 hits - 3 of which reached the Top 10.

    • Jimmy appeared on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire with former Auf Widersehen, Pet co-star Kevin Whately on April 17 2004 and raised £1,000 for the Sammy Johnson Fund.

    • Jimmy has been nominated for five BAFTAs, three for Auf Wiedersehen Pet one for Spender and one for Crocodile Shoes. Jimmy also won a Goldon Globe for his portrayal in the film Still Crazy.

  • Quotes

    • Jimmy Nail: I've gradually grown more comfortable with who I am and what I am. The older I've got, the easier I've found it to accept myself. I think I've finally learnt not to beat myself up so much.

    • Jimmy Nail: [On his life after Oz] I went from being totally unknown to getting stopped every time I went out. I always wanted to be successful, but I have never wanted to become a celebrity. I never, ever, craved that. Even now I can't stand being recognized in the street. I just hate it when strangers come up and try to talk to me. I'm pathologically shy.

    • Jimmy Nail: [Jimmy on his early life] I was racing through life, utterly confused and angry. I don't know if I was out of control; it was more like I felt frustrated with myself and everything I saw happening around me. I couldn't make sense of things. But then I began the process of civilising myself and trying to become a decent human being. I'm still working on it.

    • Jimmy Nail:[Talking about acting] I find it very hard to play a part, then take it off like a cheap suit and become Mr Normal - Mr Nice Guy. I haven't got the kind of discipline where I can turn my emotion inside out and then just switch off. It affects me fairly profoundly and I don't like putting myself through that kind of mincer every day.