EastEnders legend Nick Berry is unrecognisable after years as a stay at home dad

He was once one of the UK's biggest soap stars – playing EastEnders heartthrob Simon Wicks on the BBC soap in the 1980’s before moving onto ITV’s Heartbeat.

But 31 years after his time in soapland, actor Nick Berry is looking unrecognisable.

The actor played the hugely popular character Wicky in the long-running BBC soap from 1985 to 1990. He then played PC Nick Rowan in the 1950’s set hit ITV drama Heartbeat from 1992 to 1998.

And while it might have slipped your mind, Nick has also had a pop career. His single Every Loser Wins, was the biggest selling record in the UK in 1986 and he then released the single Heartbeat in 1992.

Nick moved back over to the BBC in 1999 to star in Harbour Lights and In Deep, but in 2003 he quit acting to become a stay-at-home dad to his two sons Louis and Finley.


In the 18 years since he was last on our TV screens Nick has changed dramatically.

Now sporting grey hair and a full beard, the actor was spotted on his local high street wearing a yellow puffer jackets and aviator sunglasses. Walking in the winter sun, it looks like Nick is carrying home some loaves of bread.

Nick’s time on EastEnders has not been forgotten. Sid Owen, famous of playing the character Ricky Butcher, mentions Nick in his recent autobiography, From Rags to Riches.

Sid wrote: "Nick was such a lovely, modest guy. As soon as he discovered I was living in a squat in Islington, quite close to the posher bit where he'd bought a flat, he offered to drive me up to work and back again.

"Nick used to be really into classic cars and I'll never forget the first time he turned up outside the squat in a gleaming Jaguar E-Type, ready to drive me to work.

"He was a big star, a proper household name, and when we arrived at the studio gates there were hordes of fans waiting."

Sid continued to describe the scene, writing: "As soon as they spotted him the screams went up: 'Wicksy!' 'Nick!'

"'I love you, Nick!' The car was mobbed. Screaming girls waving banners, begging for autographs."Nick has not regretted his decision to call a halt to his acting career. Talking in 2011 he told the Daily Mail: “I chose to be a stay-at-home dad and have loved it.

“I always said that when the boys were teenagers I could go back, but the longer you don't do something the harder it is to do it, and I haven't really missed it. While I'd never say never, I'm genuinely happy as I am.”

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