- Category : Actor
- Type : GP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Identification 2
Paul Nicholls (born Paul Greenhalgh on 12 April 1979) is an English actor. His earliest role was in the BBC drama Earthfasts, but it was his character of Joe Wicks in EastEnders, which he played from 1996 to 1997, that first brought him fame. Following this, he appeared in City Central as PC Terry Sydenham from 1998 to 1999.
Recent TV appearances include the 2003 BBC adaptations of The Canterbury Tales with Julie Walters and as notorious art thief Adam Rice in the final episode in series 3 of Hustle.
Film appearances include World War I drama The Trench (1999), Trevor Bentham's adaptation of the 1776 play The Clandestine Marriage (1999), Nick Love's Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001), If Only (2004) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).
His first significant stage role was as Billy Fisher in a 1998 production of Billy Liar at the Bush Theatre, London. His West End debut was as Edmund Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Lyric. Subsequent London stage appearances include Vincent in Brixton at the Royal National Theatre and a return to the Lyric in Festen in January 2005. He was due to play a leading role in the Donmar Warehouse's 2006 production of Phaedra, but had to withdraw with a severe throat infection.
Nicholls' latest television role was as Terry in Channel 4's Clapham Junction shown in July 2007. This hard-hitting drama depicted 36 hours in the life of several gay men and was shown as part of a series of programmes commemorating the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual practices in the UK in 1967.
Nicholls is from Bolton, Lancashire, attended Church Road County Primary School and Smithills Secondary School and learnt his trade at the Bolton Little Theatre. He has dated a few celebrities including English adult film actress and former Page Three girl, Linsey Dawn McKenzie as well as EastEnders co-star Martine McCutcheon.