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Nicholas Victor Leslie "Nicky" Henson (born 12 May 1945) is an Englishmarker actor who has portrayed many roles since 1963. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977. He was born in Londonmarker.

Early life

A son of the comedian Leslie Henson, he attended St. Bede's Prep Schoolmarker, Eastbournemarker and Charterhouse Schoolmarker in Godalmingmarker. He trained as a stage manager at RADA, and first appeared on stage himself as a guitarist. As a member of the Young Vicmarker Company he played Pozzo in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.



Some of his most notable television roles include the Fawlty Towers episode The Psychiatrist, as ladies' man Mr. Johnson, playing DS Harry Finlay in A Touch of Frost and playing George in the episode Bury my Half at Waltham Green in Series 1 of the critically acclaimed drama series Minder . He later joinedEastEnders in February 2006, playing "Jack Edwards". He also appeared in one episode of After You've Gone. Henson starred in two episodes of The Bill, on 4 October 2007 and again on 10 October. He played a man called Vince, who had almost blown up Insp. Gina Gold and Sgt. Tom Ryan 24 years previously, and is then killed by his own son upon his return to the Sun Hill area. He also appeared in an episode of Police Drama; Heartbeat; Second Chances in 2002, Playing Alan Jones; The man who had disappeared 20 years previously.


His film appearances include Witchfinder General (1968), There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Psychomania (1971), Vera Drake (2004), and George Clooney's Syriana (2005).


On stage he has played many Shakespearian characters and has had leading roles in Look Back in Anger, Man and Superman, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, She Stoops to Conquer, Noises Off and many other plays.He appeared as Mordred in the original 1964 London version of Camelot opposite Laurence Harvey as King Arthur . He made his Broadway debut in a production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, opposite Stephanie Beacham. He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical of 1997 for his role in Enter the Guardsman.He started directing with a Restoration workshop at LAMDAmarker. The production was of The Provo'd Wife.In 2009 he directed the Jack Shepherd play Only When I Laugh at the Arcola.


He played Lemuel 'Chipper' Barnet in Space Force, from 1984 to 1985.

Personal life


Henson was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Surgeons removed tumours from around his spleen, but a routine check-up in 2006 showed that other tumours had grown and it would be dangerous to remove them. He was put on a regimen of chemotherapy, and now works regularly to raise funds for cancer charities, especially Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Henson has two sons, Joe and Christian, by his first wife Una Stubbs (who incidentally played his sister-in-law Caroline Bishop in EastEnders). Both his sons are composers. He is currently married to Marguerite Porter, a ballerina, by whom he has a third son, Keaton.



  1. Working for cancer charities: Institute of Sport and Recreation Management website.
  2. Full Casting for Recently Completed 'Blitz'

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