Nigel was nominated for Olivier and What’s On Stage Awards for his performance as Granpa Joe in Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Trained at Lamda, Nigel has also starred in the original London productions of Wicked (2006), We Will Rock You (2002), Chicago (1997), Evita (1978) and the hit political satire Feelgood (2001), as well as the West End casts of Hairspray and Man of the Moment (1990). He has also played leading roles at the Bush, Lyric, Taverse, Young Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Regent’s park Open-Air, Chichester Festival, Plymouth and Hampstead theatres.
Nigel is a founder member of the London Comedy Store and the Comic Strip clubs. He went on to star in the TV classics The Young Ones (1981-4) and The Comic Strip Presents (1983-2015).
As Peter Mandelson in The Hunt for Tony Blair:
“Nigel Planer gives the best comic performance I’ve ever seen”
Mark Lawson, BBC Front Row, 2013.
Recent TV work includes Episodes, Boomers, Inside Number 9, Loaded, Grantchester, Cockroaches, Timewasters, and David Walliams’ Ratburger. Earlier work includes a whole variety of leading and character roles, from Shine on Harvey Moon, Filthy Rich and Catlflap, and The Grimleys, to King and Castle, Rollover Beethoven, and Two Lumps of Ice. From Emma Tenant’s Frankenstein’s Baby to Dennis Potter’s Blackeyes and Michael Palin’s Number 27.
Most recently Nigel appeared in Burn Burn Burn which premiered at the London Film festival. Previously, as the embarrassing dad in I Give it a Year, and as the serial killer in The List.
Other films include; The Flood, Virgin Territory, Bright Young Things, Hogfather, The Colour of Magic, Wind in the Willows, Land Girls, Clockwork Mice, Carry on Columbus, Brazil, Supergrass, and Yellowbeard.
Gloomsbury (4 series), PolyOaks (4 series), The Norman Conquests, Otherwise Engaged.
“I particularly appreciated Nigel Planer’s performance as a whining Wood, the perpetual ugly duckling both at school and in later life.”