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Nicholas Clay

Biography

Most widely known for performing Lancelot in Excalibur as well as for his part of Alan in The Picture of Dorian Grey. He started his acting profession in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork which resulted in several theater shows including a job on Broadway. He offers made an appearance in two Sherlock Holmes adaptations, The Hound from the Baskervilles and an bout of The Journeys of Sherlock Holmes. He and his wife, Lorna Heilbron, got two daughters from the titles of Ella and Madge. He previously a component in the 1978 theatre series Will Shakespeare, which starred Tim Curry in the name part.

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Full Name Nicholas Clay
Date Of Birth September 18, 1946
Died May 25, 2000, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.77 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality British, English
Spouse Lorna Heilbron
Children Madge Clay, Ella Clay
Parents Rose Clay, Bill Clay
Movies Excalibur, Evil Under the Sun, The Night Digger, Lovespell, Lionheart, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Zulu Dawn, The Darwin Adventure, Terror of Frankenstein, These Are the Damned, Sleeping Beauty, The Hound of the Baskervilles, In This House of Brede, Child's Play, Shanghai 1937, And Beyond, The Unknown Soldier, The Corsican Brothers
TV Shows Psychos, Merlin, Virtual Murder, Gentlemen and Players, Will Shakespeare, The Last Days of Pompeii
Star Sign Virgo

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1Trained for acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
2Member of the National Theatre Company during the 1970's.
3Latterly taught drama at the Actors' Centre and at the Academy of Live and Performing Arts.
4He was the third choice for the part of Oliver Mellors in Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981). He was considerably less known as an actor compared to the two preferred choices, Oliver Reed and Ian McShane. His role in Excalibur (1981) around this same time however helped bolster his profile as an actor.
5He was survived by his mother, Rose Clay.
6A scene was deleted from Excalibur (1981) featuring him as Lancelot rescuing Guinevere (Cherie Lunghi) from a forest bandit. The scene appeared in the film's theatrical trailer.
7John Boorman never refers to Clay by name on his commentary track for Excalibur (1981).
8Is probably best remembered as Sir Lancelot in John Boorman's 1981 King Arthur film Excalibur (1981).
9Daughters: Ella and Madge Clay.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And Beyond2000ShortJackie
Psychos1999TV Mini-SeriesDr. Angus Harvey
Merlin1998TV Mini-SeriesLord Leo
Highlander1997TV SeriesLoxley
Shanghai 19371997TV MovieBobby
Bugs1997TV SeriesEthan Rockridge
The Odyssey1997TV SeriesMenelaus
Kavanagh QC1997TV SeriesMr. Justice Fulgright
The New Adventures of Robin Hood1997TV SeriesSheriff of Nottingham
Taggart1997TV SeriesDavid Burns
Shine on Harvey Moon1995TV SeriesSquadron Leader Cunningham
Berlin Break1993TV SeriesValentin Renko
Virtual Murder1992TV SeriesDr. John Cornelius
Zorro1991TV SeriesViscount Armand de Jussac
Gentlemen and Players1988-1989TV SeriesMike Savage
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story1987TV MoviePrince Alexis Mdivani
Lionheart1987Charles De Montfort
Sleeping Beauty1987Prince
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes1985TV SeriesDr Percy Trevelyan
Screen Two1985TV SeriesRichards
The Corsican Brothers1985TV MovieGiordano Martelli
Le martyre de Saint Sébastien1984TV MovieEmpereur
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesMike Preston
The Last Days of Pompeii1984TV Mini-SeriesGlaucus
The Hound of the Baskervilles1983TV MovieJack Stapleton Sir Hugo Baskerville Bearded Man
Russian Night... 19411982TV MovieZotov
The Agatha Christie Hour1982TV SeriesMatthew Armitage
Evil Under the Sun1982Patrick Redfern
Lovespell1981Tristan
Lady Chatterley's Lover1981Oliver Mellors
The Search for Alexander the Great1981TV Mini-SeriesAlexander
Excalibur1981Lancelot
The Greeks: A Journey in Space and Time1980TV SeriesOrestes
Zulu Dawn1979Lt. Raw
Will Shakespeare1978TV Mini-SeriesEarl of Southampton
Saturday, Sunday, Monday1978TV MovieRocco
Terror of Frankenstein1977Henry Clerval
BBC Play of the Month1976TV SeriesAlan Campbell
In This House of Brede1975TV MovieDavid
The Darwin Adventure1972Charles Darwin
Love Story1972TV SeriesDaryl
Armchair Theatre1971TV SeriesPaul
The Night Digger1971Billy Jarvis
Take Three Girls1971TV SeriesMatthew
Drama 61-671964TV SeriesHenry (aged 14)
Sergeant Cork1964TV SeriesHenry
William1962-1963TV SeriesHubert Lane
Dixon of Dock Green1962TV Series3rd Boy
These Are the Damned1962Richard (as Nicolas Clay)
Tales of Mystery1962TV SeriesDicky
The Pocket Lancer1961TV Mini-SeriesTimothy Bretwyn
ITV Television Playhouse1961TV SeriesTony Lockwood
Ask Mr. Pastry1961TV Series3rd Child

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun'1982TV Short documentaryHimself / Patrick Redfern

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Agatha Christie Code2005TV Movie documentaryPatrick Redfern
Ciclo Agatha Christie2005TV Series documentaryHimself

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