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Nicholas Pinnock

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Occupation  Actor
Years active  1985–present

Name  Nicholas Pinnock
Role  Theatre actor
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Full Name  Nicholas Pinnock
Born  2 September 1973 (age 42) (1973-09-02) Balham, London, United Kingdom
Movies  Monsters: Dark Continent, The Keeping Room, Captain America: The First, Foxes, Jus Soli
Similar People  Daniel Barber, Michaela Coel, Joe Johnston, Scoot McNairy, Gareth Edwards

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Nicholas Andre Pinnock (born 2 September 1973) is a British actor. He is known for his role as Frank Sutter in the Sky Atlantic psychological thriller Fortitude. Pinnock is currently starring in Marcella as Jason Backland. The series aired on ITV on 4 April 2016.


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Early life and education

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Nicholas Pinnock was born in Balham, London. He is the youngest of three children. Both his parents are Jamaican. His mother is a retired midwife, and his father is an electrical engineer who works for a major global engineering company. As a result, Pinnock spent his early childhood living in Saudi Arabia. On his return to England, he was enrolled at Corona Stage Academy in Hammersmith, London at the age of 12. Whilst there, in his first week, he made his professional debut landing several jobs as a model and child actor in adverts, music videos, film and television. Continuing his vocational training, Pinnock attended a three-year musical theatre course at the London Studio Centre. After the first year, he decided acting was his first love and in the following years, concentrated on drama and contemporary dance. After graduating, Pinnock joined Lea Anderson's Contemporary Dance Company, the Featherstonehaughs, for several years.


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In 1986, as a child actor, Pinnock starred in the fantasy drama TV serial Mr Magus is Waiting for You, based on the novel by Gene Kemp and following the adventures of four young children who get mixed up with a mysterious magician. He then went on to play guest roles in television programmes like Grange Hill, EastEnders, The Bill, Dalziel and Pascoe, Footballers' Wives and Casualty, to name but a few. TV movies followed such as Kingdom of The Blind with Clive Owen and Diamonds with James Purefoy. Theatre work included As You Like It at Stafford Castle at the Staffordshire Shakespeare Festival, followed by working with directors like Kathy Burke in Hampstead Theatre's production of Born Bad and David Grieg and Marisa Zanotti in the Edinburgh Festival official production of the critically acclaimed San Diego and most recently Topdog/Underdog in Glasgow's Citizens Theatre.

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Pinnock appeared in his first Hollywood feature film, the 2011 summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger, as a SHIELD Tech. That same year, he went on to play the role of Leon in a four-part award-winning drama Top Boy, which was broadcast on Channel 4 over four consecutive nights from 31 October 2011. After the 2011 England riots in London, Pinnock appeared in the BBC docudrama The Riots: In Their Own Words, The Rioters. The following year, Pinnock portrayed the role of Evan in the ITV drama The Ice Cream Girls. The 3-part drama aired in April 2013.

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Pinnock portrayed a young Nelson Mandela in the ITV docudrama Mandela: The Prison Years, which aired on 15 December 2013, the day Mandela was buried. Directed by Emmy and BAFTA award-winning director Tom Roberts, the programme charts Mandela's sentencing in 1963, his arrival at Robben Island through to his release on 11 February 1990.

In 2015 Pinnock showcased the role of Frank Sutter in Fortitude on Sky Atlantic. He went on to play Jay 'The Sport' Jackson at the Bush Theatre in London, starring in The Royale. The play opened to rave reviews in November 2015.

The same year saw the release of Pinnock's next two films, Monsters: Dark Continent, sequel to Monsters in which he plays the role of Forrest, and The Keeping Room, portraying the role of Bill.


Pinnock has always had a passion for poetry and has put together a book of poetry which includes pieces that raise awareness of the stigmas attached to mental health and depression, drawing upon his own experiences of depression and his relationship with the mental health charity, Mind UK. The book is as yet untitled and is due for release next autumn, which will accompany a series of three poetry short films, directed by Pinnock and his co-director Gary Wallis, and currently in pre-production with his production company, Big Smile Pictures.


  • New World Disorder (1999) - Weldon
  • Diamonds (2009) - Isaiah Forman (2008)
  • Little Foxes (2009) - Mike
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - SHIELD Tech
  • The Keeping Room (2014) - Bill
  • Monsters: Dark Continent (2014) - Sergeant Forrest
  • Taketh (2016) - David
  • Television

  • Top Boy (2011) - Leon
  • Fortitude (2015) - Frank Sutter
  • Marcella (2016) - Jason Backland
  • Barbarians Rising (2016) - Hannibal
  • References

    Nicholas Pinnock Wikipedia