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Nigel Havers was born in November 1951 in Edmonton, London and is son of controversial Attorney General Michael Havers. Havers attended the Arts Educational School despite family tradition of attending Eton. He later went on to work for the Prospect Theatre Company.
Since 2007, Havers has appeared in many pantomime roles. He started his pantomime career in Cinderella at the Richmond Theatre where he played Baron Hardup. The following year Havers played Abanazar in Aladdin at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Twice he has performed in Jack and the Beanstalk, 2009, 2012, the latter performing alongside Lee Mead and Julian Clary at the Mayflower theatre. Havers has been a part of a pantomime every year since 2007, performing in many parts of the UK including Dick Whittington at the Birmingham Hippodrome 2010, and also at the Swindon Wyvern Theatre 2014. Robin Hood at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth 2013, and the Importance of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre 2012 and the Theatre Royal, Glasgow 2015.
Havers has also been a part of other theatre, namely Art in 2000 at the Whithall Theatre, which we reviewed Havers performance as "Charming and as smooth as ever, he is supremely believable in his indulgence". Other notable performances are his role in See You Next Tuesday in 2003 and Ricochet in 1993 where he produced and starred. Outside theatre Havers is best known for his television acting since 1976, most famously as Lewis Archer in Coronation Street and in British TV comedy, Don’t Wait Up where he was nominated for a BAFTA for his role, Dr Tom Latimer. Havers has also appeared in Little Britain in 2004, Brothers & Sisters from 2008 to 2009 as well as Downton Abbey, to name a few. Havers, also famously played Lord Andrew Lindsay in Chariots of Fire in 1981, as well as several films in the 80’s and 90’s including Empire of the Sun (1987) and Paradise Lost (1999).
Havers returns to the theatre in December 2016 as character Lord Chamberlain at the London Palladium’s Cinderella, joining cast members Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden, Julian Clary and Lee Mead. Havers is playing the role of and will be showing from December 2016 until September 2017.
Selected Stage Appearances
|Cinderella||Lord Chamberlain||London Palladium||2016||News|
|The Importance of Being Earnest||Dickie||Theatre Royal, Glasgow||2015|
|Dick Whittington||Kind Rat||Swindon Wyvern Theatre||2014|
|The Importance of Being Earnest||Algy||Harold Pinter Theatre||2014||Review|
|Robin Hood||Sheriff of Nottingham||Theatre Royal, Plymouth||2013|
|Jack and the Beanstalk||Villain||The Mayflower||2012|
|Peter Pan||Captain Hook||Hawth Theatre||2011|
|Dick Whittington||King Rat||Birmingham Hippodrome||2010|
|Jack and the Beanstalk||Fleshcreep||Nottingham Theatre Royal||2009|
|Aladdin||Abanazar||Yvonne Arnaud Theatre||2008|
|Cinderella||Baron Hardup||Richmond Theatre||2007|
|See You Next Tuesday||Pierre Brochant||Albery||2003||Review|