Who is Paul Nicholls? Ackley Bridge actor playing Steve Bell who was involved in Thailand horror fall

PAUL Nicholls is well known for starring in EastEnders in the 90s.

But the actor hit the headlines late last year after suffering a devastating fall in Thailand – here’s the full lowdown on the former pin-up and the Ackley Bridge star is doing now…

Paul Nicholls shot to fame playing heartthrob Joe Wicks in EastEnders
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Who is Paul Nicholls? What is is background?

Paul Nicholls was born April 12, 1979.

He is an English actor from Bolton and is best known for his role as Joe Wicks in BBC’s EastEnders.

Before starring in the hit BBC soap he was a child star, appearing in Children’s Ward, Earthfasts and The Biz.

When was Paul Nicholls in EastEnders?

Paul really made a name for himself and became a teen pin-up when he joined the cast of EastEnders in March 1996.

He played Joe Wicks until he left in November 1997.

His character had schizophrenia, and Paul’s portrayal of this won huge praise.

Paul made his return to TV in Ackley Bridge
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What has Paul Nicholls been in since leaving EastEnders?

After leaving EastEnders, Paul has had several roles both in TV and film.

He has starred in City Central, Harley Street, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Law & Order: UK and Holby City.

Paul also starred alongside Renee Zellweger playing bad boy Jed in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

He’s now starring in the second series of Ackley Bridge.

Paul suffered a devastating fall in Thailand

What happened to Paul Nicholls in Thailand?

Paul was rushed to hospital after plummeting from a jungle waterfall in Thailand and spending three days trapped in a rock pool with a smashed leg – he only survived thanks to a sharp-eyed Thai local.

The villager spotted a seemingly abandoned motorbike the actor had used to travel to the remote beauty spot on the island of Koh Samui.

Cops were alerted and a huge search launched after they discovered the Brit had hired the bike and gone missing.

Rescue teams spent hours hacking through undergrowth before finding him.

He was semi-conscious and had hypothermia after three days in agony at the foot of the Khun Si falls.

He was unable to climb out of the water because of a busted right leg.

Nicholls said the fall destroyed his kneecap and it would need to be completely reconstructed.


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