On beginning his apprenticeship, Nicholas' first pay-packet for doing a 48-hour week was 49p.
Nicholas is a leading member of entertainment industry charity The Grand Order of Water Rats, as well as being honorary chairman of the International Quizzing Association.
Between 1988 and 1991, Nicholas was appointed Rector of the University of St Andrews (a role which is chosen by the students of the university).
Nicholas was originally offered a larger role in his film debut Master Of Bankdam, that of Lancelot Handel Crowther. However, due to other work commitments, he had to take a lesser role.
Nicholas was originally chosen to play the Gamesmaster in the Channel 4 video game show of the same name. However, the application of the facial distortion techniques- as the character was partially digitised- did not work properly, so Patrick Moore was chosen instead.
Nicholas is one of two actors who appeared as a guest panelist on the game show Cluedo, before taking a role as one of the six suspects in a later series- he appeared in the Season 3 episode Murder In Merrie England (with Lynn Faulds-Wood) before taking the role of Reverend Green in Season 4. The other actor to do this is Leslie Grantham.
Nicholas was guest 'castaway' on the long-running BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs on November 4 2007. Amongst his chosen pieces of music were 'Just One Of Those Things' by Ella Fitzgerald, Chopin's Minute Waltz and 'The Age Of Aquarius' from the stage musical Hair.
On July 5, 1994, Nicholas took the role of the Narrator for the 21st Anniversary Night performance of The Rocky Horror Show.
Nicholas has recorded a commentary for the DVD release of the Doctor Who story The Curse Of Fenric, alongside Sophie Aldred and Sylvester McCoy.
Nicholas can be heard on the 'Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Live Recording' of The Rocky Horror Show as the Narrator, opposite Jason Donovan.
Nicholas' charity work includes a long association with the Lord's Taverners and he is a patron of DeafBlind UK, The Spring Centre, The Stammering Association and Aspire as well as supporting The Variety Club, Childline and the NSPCC.
In 1994, Nicholas published his autobiography entitled The Straight Man: My Life In Comedy.
Nicholas was asked to stand for the Liberal Party (the forerunner to the Liberal Democrats) in Yeovil in 1976. He regretfully refused and instead Paddy Ashdown- who would go on to lead the Liberals in the 1980s- became the candidate and went on to win the seat.
Nicholas Parsons: (about Just A Minute) It is my favourite job. It is professionally most demanding, but tremendous fun. I have to be alert and concentrate harder than in any other engagement I indertake. It's my responsibility to make instant decisions, generate the fun, control the show and listen to every word spoken and remember, so I can judge if a challenge is correct - especially if it is for repetition.
Nicholas Parsons: The joy of performing is that you overcome the insecurity of your nature and are reassured by the reaction of the audience.
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