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PostSubject: Nick Berry (Nick Rowan)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:26 pm

Berry started acting at the age of eight. After attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London he played minor parts on television, film, and stage before he got his big break playing Simon 'Wicksy' Wicks in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders (1985-90). Berry's character was thought up overnight and was introduced to restore the cast balance distorted by the unexpected departure of actor David Scarboro who played the original Mark Fowler. Scarboro's departure meant many of his functions as the slightly eldest of the young characters would need to be taken over by another character and thus Wicksy was invented and Berry was cast with minimal delay. He was quickly hailed as EastEnders top pin-up and during this time was besieged by fanmail from female admirers.

Berry took a break from Eastenders to tour and make an album from which the number one single 'Every Loser Wins' came in 1986. The song was heavily featured within EastEnders in a plotline referred to as The Banned in which the youths of Walford all formed a pop group and performed the songs on screen. It was the second biggest selling single in the UK that year, remaining at number one for three weeks. Its composer Simon May received an Ivor Novello Award.

Berry returned to Eastenders after his musical career stalled but left again in an 'open to return' storyline in 1990 for the role of ITV's Yorkshire policeman PC (later Sgt) Nick Rowan in Heartbeat (1992-9Cool. Berry recorded the title 'Heartbeat' in 1992, a cover of the 1959 Buddy Holly hit which reached number two in the UK singles chart and spawned a second album. His son Louis and wife Rachel Robertson also appeared on the series. He returned for a one off twin episode spin off special in 2002, the episodes based on his character's new career as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer.

In 1998 Berry left Heartbeat for the BBC 1 self written, produced, and directed series Harbour Lights. Shot around the area of Bridport he played a harbour master. Less successful than his two previous character based programmes, it ran for two series.

Berry's other credits include The Mystery of Men with Neil Pearson and Warren Clarke, Paparazzo, The Black Velvet Band with Todd Carty, and playing the maverick cop Liam Ketman alongside Stephen Tompkinson in the BBC crime drama In Deep.

Berry also runs his own production company called Valentine Production.

Nick as Nick Rowan (1992-1998):

Newly arrived from London to become Police Constable for Aidensfield, Nick was good-natured and, after some initial hostility, became popular with the people of Aidensfield. Nick was very happily married to Dr. Kate Rowan, with whom he had a daughter, Katie. He was affected deeply by Kate's subsequent death from leukaemia. About two years later, Nick met school teacher Jo Weston, and they started courting and later married. Several months after his wedding with Jo, Sgt. Rowan accepted an offer to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and left Aidensfield, with Jo and Katie, to go to Canada.


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