Jimmy Nail

Mostly Credited As: Jimmy Nail
Sometimes Credited As: Jimmy Bradford

Birth Name: James Michael Aloysius Bradford
Date Of Birth: March 16, 1954 (Age 62)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Benton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)

Jimmy Nail

Jimmy Nail was born in Benton, Newcastle on the 16th of March 1954 to Laura and Jimmy Bradford, he is also the brother of Val and Shelagh. Shelagh sadly died in 1969.

Nail left school in 1970 and began working as a welder, and did other jobs which included working at a petrol station, fitting pipes and finally working at a glass factory. In 1971 he appeared as an extra in the film, Get Carter.

However, it wasn't until 1983 when Nail became a household name. After a spell in prison, he went to an audition for extras for a new TV show called, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. However, the casting director liked him so much he offered him a starring role in the series as hardman bricklayer, Oz Osborne. He became a household name overnight and in 1984 appeared in an episode of Minder, he also appeared in a mini-series called Spyship.

In 1985, he appeared in a film called Morons From Outer Space and made his first record, which reached Number in the Top 40 charts. In 1986, the second series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet hit the screens and was just as successful as the first series. However, due to the death of Gary Holton, another series seemed unlikely so Nail began working on his own projects. He appeared in the films, Dream Demon, Just Ask For Diamond and Danny, The Champion of the World and then got to work on his own project, Spender.

Spender, reached our screens in 1991 and saw Nail playing the lead character, D.S. Freddie Spender, he also wrote some of the scripts and produced the series. Spender proved to be very successful and returned for another series in 1992, this coincided with Nail's new single. He released the record, Ain't No Doubt which reached Number 1 in July 1992. Another series of Spender followed, aswell as a two hour film entitled Spender: The French Collection. However, he cancelled Spender and began work on another project entitled Crococdile Shoes.

Crocodile Shoes aired in late 1994 and re-launched the music career of Nail. His album, which featured all the songs from the show, sold over 1 million copies and made Nail a millionaire, it also spawned three hit singles, these were Cowboy Dreams, Crocodile Shoes and Calling Out Your Name. He also released a book off the back of the successful series.

His next project was the sequel to Crocodile Shoes. Crocodile Shoes II hit the screens in late 1996 and also saw the album with the same hit the charts and spawned a hit single in Country Boy. 1996 also saw Nail guest-star in the musical film, Evita alongside Madonna. It was around this time that Nail called time on his acting career to concentrate on his family, although he continued to tour up until 2000 when he released his last album, 10 Great Songs and OK Voice. However, he did appear as Les Wickes in the 1998 film, Still Crazy.

In 2000, Nail bumped into Franc Roddam, the creator of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and he told Nail that he wanted to revive the old series. This finally happened in 2002 when the series hit the screens, 15 years since it last aired, This series re-launched Nail's career and he guest-starred in the series, Tenth Kingdom. Another series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet followed and marked Nail's last appearance on television.

Until 2008, when Parents of the Band hit the screens, however it failed to live up to expectation and faded without a trace.

Jimmy Nail is now currently working on a musical with Sting.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Parents of the Band (2008)As: Phil Parker
Jimmy Nail - Somewhere In Time Somewhere On Tour (1995)As: Himself (Vocals, Guitar)
Crocodile Shoes (1994)As: Jed Shepperd
Spender (1991)As: Spender
Educating Oz (1987)As: Oz Osborne
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983)As: Oz Osborne
Episode Cast Credits 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  September 25, 2013 14x268: (Sep/25/2013) As Himself 

Drama Connections (2005) 
  Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 01x01: (Sep/06/2005) As Himself (Archive Footage), [Uncredited]
  Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 01x01: (Sep/06/2005) As Himself (Archive Footage), [Uncredited]

Comic Relief (1986) 
  Big Hair & Beyond 12x01: (Mar/11/2005) As Himself 
  Red Nose Day 3: The Stonker 04x01: (Mar/15/1991) As Himself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Oz 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Top of The Pops 2 (1994) 
  May 7, 2003 09x70: (May/07/2003) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  March 12, 2001 09x71: (Mar/12/2001) As Himself 

The 10th Kingdom (2000) 
  Episode 2 01x02: (Feb/27/2000) As Clayface the Goblin 

The British Soap Awards (1999) 
  1999 Soap Awards 01x01: (1999) As Himself 
  1999 Soap Awards 01x01: (1999) As Himself 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Jimmy Nail, Tracy Shaw, B.B. King, East 17 04x07: (Oct/16/1998) As Himself 
  Jimmy Nail, Peter Beardsley, Supergrass 03x05: (Oct/10/1997) As Himself 
  Jimmy Nail, Beverley Callard, Reef, Texas 02x16: (Jan/10/1997) As Himself 
  Jimmy Nail, Beverley Callard, Reef, Texas 02x16: (Jan/10/1997) As Himself 

Brunch (1997) 
  Jimmy Nail, Neil Tennant 01x46: (Dec/28/1997) As Himself 
  Jimmy Nail, Neil Tennant 01x46: (Dec/28/1997) As Himself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Top Of The Pops (UK) (1964) 
  November 22, 1996 33x51: (Nov/22/1996) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  November 22, 1996 33x51: (Nov/22/1996) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  November 1, 1996 33x48: (Nov/01/1996) As Himself 
  November 1, 1996 33x48: (Nov/01/1996) As Himself 

Live and Kicking (1993) 
  Series 4, Show 9 04x09: (Nov/16/1996) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 6 03x06: (Oct/28/1995) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 6 03x06: (Oct/28/1995) As Himself 
  Series 2, Show 21 02x21: (Feb/11/1995) As Himself 

Brit Awards (1977) 
  The BRITs 1996 16x01: (Feb/19/1996) As Himself 

Pebble Mill (1991) 
  Series 5, Show 9 05x09: (Oct/26/1995) As Himself 
  Series 5, Show 9 05x09: (Oct/26/1995) As Himself 
  Series 2, Show 64 02x64: (Jan/21/1993) As Himself 
  Series 2, Show 64 02x64: (Jan/21/1993) As Himself 

Taratata (1993) 
  7 February 1993 01x05: (Feb/07/1993) As Himself 
  7 February 1993 01x05: (Feb/07/1993) As Himself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Going Live (1987) 
  Series 6, Show 1 06x01: (Sep/26/1992) As Himself 
  Series 6, Show 1 06x01: (Sep/26/1992) As Himself 

Aspel & Company (1984) 
  Series 9, Show 1 09x01: (Jan/18/1992) As Himself 

No 73 (1982) 
  Series 5, Show 21 05x21: (Jun/29/1985) As Himself 
  Series 5, Show 21 05x21: (Jun/29/1985) As Himself 

Minder (1979) 
  The Car Lot Baggers 04x05: (Feb/08/1984) As Nathan Loveridge, [Starring Roles]
  The Car Lot Baggers 04x05: (Feb/08/1984) As Nathan Loveridge, [Starring Roles]

Spyship (1983) 
  Episode 2 01x02: (Nov/16/1983) As Metcalfe 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Nov/09/1983) As Metcalfe 

Blott on the Landscape (1985) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Edwards 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Edwards 

Lenny Henry Tonite (1986) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

The South Bank Show (1978) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself, [Interviewees]

A Taste of My Life (2006) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Oz (Archive Footage), [Uncredited]
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983)• Executive Producer (Series 3 (2002), Uncredited)
• Music Supervisor (Uncredited, Series 3)
Spender (1991)• Creator
• Executive Producer (Series 3 & Special (1993))
• Producer (Uncredited)
Crocodile Shoes (1994)• Creator
• Executive Producer (Both series (1994, 1996))
• Main Title Theme Written/performed (Crocodile Shoes (1996, Uncredited))
Jimmy Nail - Somewhere In Time Somewhere On Tour (1995)• Music Performed By
• Executive Producer
• Creator
Parents of the Band (2008)• Executive Producer
• Title Music Composer
• Creator (Uncredited)

Episode Crew

Crocodile Shoes (1994) (Credited in 9 episodes from this show) 
Show all 9 episode crew credits
Still I Dream 02x04 Dec/05/1996 As: Writer
Running Man 02x03 Nov/28/1996 As: Writer
Troubled Man 02x02 Nov/21/1996 As: Writer
The End 01x07 Dec/21/1994 As: Director, Writer
The Call 01x06 Dec/14/1994 As: Director, Writer
Spender (1991) (Credited in 7 episodes from this show) 
Show all 7 episode crew credits
The French Collection 03x07 Dec/29/1993 As: Writer
Puck 03x03 Jan/19/1993 As: Writer
At the End of the Day 02x06 Feb/11/1992 As: Writer
Here We Go Again 02x01 Jan/07/1992 As: Writer
Well, Well, Well 01x08 Feb/26/1991 As: Writer
Featured Songs

Top Of The Pops (UK) Songs:
November 22, 1996 + Country Boy 
November 24, 1994 + Crocodile Shoes 
November 10, 1994 + Crocodile Shoes 
July 23, 1992 + Ain't No Doubt 
July 2, 1992 + Ain't No Doubt 
+ Ain't No Doubt 
+ Calling Out Your Name 
+ Cowboy Dreams 
Crocodile Shoes Songs:
Boom + Country Boy 
Answered Prayers + Country Boy
+ Fear No Evil
+ Just Can't Win
+ Running Man 
Still I Dream + Blue Roses
+ Country Boy 
Running Man + Country Boy 
Country Boy + Calling Out Your Name
+ Country Boy
+ My Buddy
+ Still I Dream Of It 
The End + Calling Out Your Name
+ Crocodile Shoes
+ Dragons 
The Call + Love Will Find Someone For You
+ Only One Heart 
The Deal + Crocodile Shoes 
The Pitch + Crocodile Shoes
+ Crocodile Shoes (Instrumental)
+ Love Will Find Someone For You 
+ Crocodile Shoes 
+ Crocodile Shoes 
+ Crocodile Shoes 
+ Crocodile Shoes (Instrumental) 
+ Don't Wanna Go Home 
+ Once Upon A Time 
Brit Awards Songs:
The BRITs 1996 + Crocodile Shoes 
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Songs:
Cowboys + I Can't Be Myself 
Parents of the Band Songs:
Episode 4 + I Cry (Don't You Read The Papers?) 
Episode 2 + I Cry (Don't You Read The Papers?) 
+ I Cry (Don't You Read The Papers?) 
+ I Cry (Don't You Read The Papers?) 
Top of The Pops 2 Songs:
May 7, 2003 + Love Don't Live Here Anymore 
GMTV Songs:
March 12, 2001 + Walking On The Moon 
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He used to sing and play guitar in a band called The Crabs. He would sometimes perform on stage in a frock and wearing Hobnail Boats. They used to gig all over the northwest of England.

Has a Boxers nose. He has had his nose broken five times in fights when he was younger.

Has enjoyed a sporadic pop career. His cover of Rose Royce's 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore' was a big UK hit in 1985. It was 7 years before he returned to the charts with 'Ain't No Doubt', which became his biggest hit, reaching number 1 in the UK cha

In 1976 Jimmy was sent to Strangways prison for four months for fighting in a pub in Sheffield.

Jimmy has appeared in every single episode of Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Jimmy is also a singer.

Jimmy is a Newcastle Utd fan.

In January 2008 Jimmy and wife Miriam announced their separation, but will remain best of friends. Jimmy and Miriam have two sons Frederick and Tommy.

Jimmy's autobiography A Northern Soul was published in the UK in 2005 by Penquin Books.

Jimmy has two sisters, Val who is an actress, and Shelagh who died in 1967.

More Trivia
Jimmy Nail Quotes
(On his new show, Parents of the Band)
Jimmy: It’s lovely to be returning to BBC One with a brand new show. Half-hour comedy is something I’ve not done before; as such it offers a new challenge. We have a wonderful team – some of them new acquaintances, some old friends – and we’ll be working hard to ensure the end product is special.

Jimmy: Sammy Johnson epitomised everything good about Geordies. He was blessed with a mix of humour, loyalty, kindness and fun.

(Jimmy on acting)
Jimmy: I find it very hard
to play a part, then take it off like a cheap suit and become Mr Normal, Mr Nice Guy. I haven't got the kind of discipline where I can turn my emotion inside out and then just switch off. It affects me fairly profoundly and I don't like putting myself through that kind of mincer every day.

(Jimmy on his early life)
Jimmy: I was racing through life, utterly confused and angry. I don't know if I was out of control; it was more like I felt frustrated with myself and everything I saw happening around me. I couldn't make sense of things. But then I began the process of civilizing myself and trying to become a decent human being. I'm still working on it.

(His first words to Auf Wiedersehen Pet director)
Jimmy: Get your skates on because my car is parked on a double-yellow and I don't want to be here anyway.

(On his life after Oz)
Jimmy: I went from being totally unknown to getting stopped everytime I went out. I always wanted to be successful, but I have never wanted to become a celebrity. I never, ever, craved that. Even now I can't stand being recognized in the street. I just hate it when strangers come up and try to talk to me. I'm pathologically shy.

(After his trip to Sierra Leone in 2005, with Kevin Whately)
Jimmy: It was a real eye-opener for me, being in at the sharp end, seeing where the money raised on Red Nose Day actually goes.

(On his life)
Jimmy: I've gradually grown more comfortable with who I am and what I am. The older I've got, the easier I've found it to accept myself. I think I've finally learnt not to beat myself up so much.

(In an interview on the South Bank Show in the late 1980s about the character Oz in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet)
Jimmy: I won't be playing Oz again as nobody would think he was funny these days.