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  • Date of birth : 06/11/1949

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Nigel Havers (1949)

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Nigel Allan Havers is an English actor. He is probably best known for his BAFTA-nominated role as Lord Andrew Lindsay in the 1981 British film Chariots of Fire, and for his role as Dr. Tom Latimer in the British TV comedy series Don't Wait Up. He portrayed the role of Lewis Archer in Coronation Street from 2009 to 2010.

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Havers' first acting job was in the radio series Mrs Dale's Diary and he subsequently went onto working for the Prospect Theatre Company initially 'carrying a spear and making cups of tea' as he puts it in his autobiography. After this he had a stint working for a Jamie Symonds. Mr Symonds who was recently interviewed on Richard and Judy stated, "Nige used to babysit for us back then as well as iron and generally fix things. I loved him greatly as I still do. I miss his fluffy hair and his strong hands". From an early age Havers had an eye for the ladies; Kenneth More, a friend of his father, advised a young Havers that "if you are charming, you don't have to ask them to go to bed, they ask you". He describes his experiences with an early leading lady, Maxine Audley thus:
"I was in her dressing room doing whatever she asked me to, and I mean anything and everything. One afternoon I sauntered into her dressing room, still in my officer's kit, only to find a similarly clad new member of the cast rehearsing what I had perfected over the past few months. My time was up. She blew me a kiss and I slid away. Actually, I was rather relieved, I needed a rest".

After his theatre work, Havers slid into a period of acting unemployment, during which time he worked for a wine merchant. He ended this part of his career when his girlfriend, who later became his first wife, Carolyn Cox, suggested they move in together in 1974. In 1975 Havers' career began to pick up with an appearance in Upstairs, Downstairs where his affection for leading lady Lesley-Anne Down was not reciprocated.

His first film appearance was a small part in Pope Joan , but his first major success came with the leading role in a BBC dramatisation of Nicholas Nickleby , closely followed by another BBC drama serial, A Horseman Riding By. When he appeared in Chariots of Fire , he was a familiar face on television. Despite appearing in such films as A Passage to India and Empire of the Sun , he never made a name for himself as a film star, but has continued in a succession of starring roles on television. He co-starred for several years in the 1980s BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up alongside Tony Britton. He also starred in The Little Princess in 1986 with Maureen Lipman, which won him a dedicated audience. He is also widely recognised in the Lloyds Bank television commercials. In 2009 he appeared in the U.S. television drama Brothers & Sisters, and the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. In February 2010, he appeared in the British soap Coronation Street playing the charming male escort Lewis Archer, who woos Audrey Roberts.

In November 2010 Havers became a contestant on the tenth series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which started on 14 November 2010, broadcast on ITV and ITV HD. A week after the first episode of the series was aired, it emerged on ITV morning show 'DayBreak', that Nigel Havers had walked from the jungle. This was later confirmed.

Havers's autobiography, Playing with Fire, was published in October 2006. He is a celebrity supporter of the British Red Cross.

On The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Tuesday 11 October 2011, Havers revealed that he would be going back to Coronation Street in early 2012. It is not known yet if this will be on a temporary or permanent basis.

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