Mostly Credited As: Jimmy Nail
Sometimes Credited As: Jimmy Bradford
Birth Name: James Michael Aloysius Bradford
Date Of Birth: March 16, 1954 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)
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.