ITV I'm A Celeb's Nick Pickard's life off screen from co-star romance to famous brother
19.11.2023 - 18:41
Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard, who is the longest-serving cast member playing the role of Tony Hutchinson, is entering the jungle on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Nick, 48 is best known for his role in the hit Channel 4 soap having joined the show as Tony when it launched in 1995 but has also appeared in a string of other TV and quiz shows. He studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and Corona Theatre School and has been nominated for several awards over the years - in 2017, he won the British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement. What fans might not know is that he also owns a few restaurants in Sheffield and has a daughter named Ellie.
As we watch Nick take on the creepy crawlies in the jungle, let's take a closer look at his life off screen... Rival soap Before becoming Tony Hutchinson in Hollyoaks, Nick had a small role as a homeless boy in rival soap EastEnders. He took on this part in 1993, two years before he got his big break in Hollyoaks.
But his first acting gig was playing Mio in the fantasy film Mio in the Land of Faraway, released in 1987. He also appeared in You Rang, M'Lord? and music videos for Roxette and Mike + The Mechanics. Co-star romance Nick had a romance with his Hollyoaks co-star Joanna Taylor, who played Geri Hudson on the show.
They dated for a year after meeting on set in 2001, but eventually split up.
Joanna later married Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy in 2004, but they announced their separation in January 2019 after 15 years together. After leaving Hollyoaks, Joanna, now 43, starred in BBC One's police drama Merseybeat as PC Jackie Brown. In 2004, she appeared in the American film Post Impact alongside Dean Cain.
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