Nicholas Burns (actor)

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Nicholas Burns (born 1977, Derbyshire) is an English actor, best known for his comic performance as the title character in Nathan Barley. He played Martin in Benidorm and Alex in No Heroics, as well as making appearances alongside various Nathan Barley co-stars in The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd.


Burns was born in Derbyshire, and educated at Repton School. He trained at LAMDA.

Beyond Nathan Barley he has had recurring roles in the TV series Absolute Power, Roman's Empire and the sketch show Man Stroke Woman. He also made an appearance in The Mighty Boosh as the ruler of the planet Xooberon; in The IT Crowd as Jerome, the director of a musical called Gay!; and in episode "At Bertram's Hotel" of Marple as Jack and Joel Britten. He turned up as an Aussie tennis coach in The McClintock Factor, a mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of the former media tycoon and internet blogger Jeremy McClintock.[1]

He appeared in the first three series of the ITV comedy Benidorm, playing Martin Weedon, and in the superhero sitcom No Heroics, playing The Hotness. His stage credits include Much Ado About Nothing at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, the satire The Madness of George Dubya and Ghost Stories, both of which transferred to London's West End, Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike at the Royal Court, The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse and Pinero's The Magistrate at the Royal National Theatre, a production included in Season 4 of National Theatre Live.[citation needed]

In April 2013 it was announced that he would be returning to Benidorm as Martin Wheedon for series 6 of the show in 2013.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Network Notes
The Bill Simon Beaumont ITV Series 18 Episode 16 "005"
Manchild Max BBC Two Series 2 Episode 4
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Mick Cambrey BBC Series 2 Episode 3 "A Suitable Vengeance"
Cambridge Spies Rightwing Student BBC One Episode 1
Absolute Power Nick Mayer BBC Two
A Touch of Frost DC Tranter ITV Series 11 Episode 22 "Dancing in the Dark"
Swiss Toni BBC Three Series 2 Episode 2 "Speed Date"
The Mighty Boosh The King BBC Series 2 Episode 4 "Fountain of Youth"
Nathan Barley Nathan Barley Channel 4
Man Stroke Woman Various BBC Three Sketch show
Fear of Fanny Christopher BBC Four Drama
Born Equal Michael BBC Drama
Miss Marple Jack & Joel Britten ITV Series 3 Episode 1 "At Bertram's Hotel"
Roman's Empire Seb BBC Two
The IT Crowd Jerome Channel 4 Series 2 Episode 1 "The Work Outing"
Comedy Showcase Rick Parish Channel 4 Series 1 Episode 1 "Other People"
2007–2009, 2014
Benidorm Martin Weedon ITV
Never Better Charlie BBC Two Series 1 Episode 5 "First Week Euphoria"
No Heroics The Hotness ITV2
Monday Monday Nathan ITV Series 1 Episode 3
Misfits PC Wilson E4 Series 1 Episode 2
The Sinking of the Laconia Captain Coutts BBC Productions Television film
Uncle Ben BBC Three
The Crimson Field Major Gerard Yelling BBC One
Doctor Who Lord Sutcliffe BBC One Series 10 Episode 3 "Thin Ice"
The Crown Anthony Nutting Netflix


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Born Equal Michael TV Movie
Hard to Swallow Steve low-budget
2008 Albert's Speech Albert short (15 minutes)
2012 Eggbox Mr. Bruce TV Movie
2013 The World's End Collaborator
The Tractate Middoth George Earle TV Movie
2014 War Book James
2015 The Lady in the Van Hippy husband Film
2017 Ghost Stories Stage psychic Film


  1. ^ "The McClintock Factor trailer in the official blog". Retrieved 3 June 2010.

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