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Jimmy Nail is an English actor and pop/country singer (born March 16, 1954, Gleneagles Close, Benton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne). He is famous for his rugged looks, hit singles and a strong Geordie accent.

Nail rose to fame playing Leonard Jeffrey ‘Oz’ Osborne in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 1983, despite having no acting experience whatsoever (he had appeared as an extra in the movie Get Carter). Nail has also starred in a number of films and had a long musical career, having been a singer before he was picked out at an audition to play Oz.

After the first two series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Nail found himself typecast before creating the detective series, Spender, which he co-wrote with Ian La Frenais. The show ran for three seasons from 1990 to 1993 and also produced a tele-film. This was followed in 1995 by Crocodile Shoes, which he also created and starred as musician Jed Shepherd. After working with Madonna and Antonio Banderas in Alan Parker’s Evita (1996) he co-starred in Clement & La Frenais’ Sony movie ‘Still Crazy’ (1998). A song from the movie, ‘The Flame Still Burns’, sung by Nail, was nominated for a Golden Globe.

He has released a number of albums of his own compositions, the first being ‘Take It Or Leave It’ in 1986, 1991’s ‘Growing Up In Public’ (featuring among others Gary Moore, David Gilmour and George Harrison), the last being ‘Tadpoles In A Jar’ in 1999 . His ‘Crocodile Shoes’ album of 1995 sold over a million copies. Mark Knopfler plays guitar on some tracks, a compliment that was repaid with an important plot reference to Oz’s being a fan of Dire Straits in the third (revived) series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002).


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  • bAzTNM

    Doing theatre work in the USA isn't he? I'm sure I saw he was doing something with Sting over there. Singer before he was an actor. People forget that.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    what happened to Jimmy Nail ?? good to see his catalogue at spotify.

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • pablodiablo67

    Big River is a great song but is hindered by the parochial nature if the theme limiting its appeal to Tyneside in the same way as Chris Rea's Steel River is identified with Teeside. Both great songs. Some people need to realise that the Gazza version of Fig on the Tyne is NOT typical of regional songs. ps the original Lindisfarme version is a folk classic.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Big River, great song. Deserves more recognition!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • luckass81

    she's lying!

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • viragom

    "The Nail File: The Best of Jimmy Nail" < Oh god really? Nail files are pretty gross...

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • in-the-flesh

    Big River would be miles more commonly known and respected if it was listed as a Mark Knopfler song with Jimmy Nail singing...real shame

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Christacular

    Presuming The Flame Still Burns isn't here because technically it was done by Strange Fruit. . .

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Love the croaky voice. "Big River" does it for me.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • trashcansinatra

    They don't make em like this anymore, one of the best.

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • guttertwin

    She's lying.

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • KiMdOm

    Love his voice on the Evita song. But I think the right song's number 1!

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • Hatebr1nger

    haven't heard much songs but i don't understand why big river has only 216 plays FOR 6 MONTHS! awesome song, why don't people listen to it :(

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • VGoRiLLaZ

    She's lying.

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Secretphase


    7 Nov 2008 Reply
  • VariantJihad

    Crocodile shoes is one amazing album.

    29 Sep 2008 Reply
  • yJURAy

    aaa đimi kućo stara!

    4 Sep 2008 Reply
  • sorrow90


    18 Jul 2008 Reply
  • tracytennant

    The Flame Still Burns is one of the most beautiful songs EVER.

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • jamiroholic

    Jackkkk... you've got to be jokin', right?

    16 Mar 2008 Reply
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