Nick BloodPlays Warwick
British actor, writer and director, Nick Blood was born in London in 1982 and trained at LAMDA. Nick made his professional stage debut in 2009 in The Priory, at The Royal Court Theatre. In 2009, Nick set up his own theatre company called WE. BUY. GOLD, with debut show Inches Apart winning the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award. In 2010, Nick went on to perform in the modern adaptation of the Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women at The National Theatre, directed by award-winning Marianne Elliott and he also played ‘Antonio’ in The Duchess of Malfi at the Theatre Royal in Northampton.
In 2010, Nick featured in Stanley Park, one of a collection of drama pilot episodes produced for BBC Three. The story focused on a group of young friends going through a life-changing period in their lives. Nick starred opposite Holliday Grainger and Antonia Thomas. In the same year he also played the gay fashion assistant in BBC One’s drama series Material Girl alongside Dervla Kirwan and Lenora Crichlow. He then starred in the BBC’s critically acclaimed three part TV series, Combat Kids, which explored the lives of children left behind by parents who fought abroad. In 2011, Nick played the guest lead in BAFTA winning E4 series Misfits. He then went on to play ‘Kieran’ in series one, two and three of Sky One's Trollied, a sitcom set in a fictional supermarket in the North West of England, from the makers of The Office and The IT Crowd. Nick co-starred with Jane Horrocks.
In Spring 2011, Nick performed in The Boy On the Swing at the Arcola Theatre in East London directed by Fringe First 2010 winner, Joe Murphy. In October 2011 Nick played the lead, ‘Stuart Sutcliffe’, in the West End musical, Backbeat. Backbeat told the story of the formation and early years of The Beatles, when the foursome were five with original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe still part of the line-up. The play centres on the intense friendship between John Lennon (Andrew Knott) and Stuart. Cracks start to appear when Stuart falls in love with beautiful German photographer Astrid (Ruta Gedmintas) and is subsequently forced by John to choose between his loyalty to the band, or pursuing a life as an artist with Astrid. Variety’s David Benedict praised Nick’s performance, "Best of all is thoughtful Nick Blood as troubled Sutcliffe...he undercuts the king-of-cool image". Backbeat ran at the Duke of York’s theatre until March 2012.
In January 2012 Nick was seen in three-part drama, Public Enemies created by multi-award-winning writer Tony Marchant for BBC One. The drama looked at the criminal justice system from the eyes of the offender and was directed by Dearbhla Walsh (The Tudors). 2012 also saw Nick land the role of ‘Dave Famous’ in the film Spike Island which received a nomination at the 2012 British independent Film Awards.
Following this Nick went on to feature in the final series of BAFTA Award-winning BBC Three comedy, Him & Her. Nick played Becky’s (Sarah Solemani) infamous ex-boyfriend ‘Lee’, handsome, charming and, for Becky’s family, always the center of attention. Nick was most recently seen in the second series of ITV's mystery drama The Blechtley Circle. The series set in 1952 sees four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.
Last February Nick starred in SundanceTV’s comedy, BABYLON, written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – the duo behind Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Four Lions – and directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. BABYLON was a feature-length pilot that poked fun at the damaged relationship between the police, the public and the media in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. The action took place over the course of a single day during which there’s a city-wide shooting spree in London. Nick plays ‘Warwick’, a tough cop to look at him, but a young man undergoing a personal crisis beneath the surface. The now six-part series stars Brit Marling, James Nesbitt Daniel Kaluuya, Adam Deacon, Bertie Carvel and Jill Halfpenny and will return to our screens this Autumn. Jon S Baird (Filth) directs the first three episodes of the series and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) heads episodes 4-6. Jon Brown (Misfits, Fresh Meat) will co-write two episodes of the show.
Earlier this year Nick could be seen in horror film X-Moor, which centres around a filmmaker Georgia (Melia Kreiling), who persuades her boyfriend Matt (Nick Blood) to spend a holiday on Exmoor, intent on making a documentary. Experienced hunter Fox (Mark Bonnar) joins the expedition and, after ominous encounters, the trio find a dumping ground littered with corpses. Next up for Nick are Brand New-U and two short films; Commitment and Between Places. In addition to that Nick is making his directorial debut, shooting the short film Hero staring Angela Griffin. This Fall Nick joined the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 2 of the successful ABC show. Nick is portraying the role of mercenary, Lance Hunter.