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North East actor in running for best TV newcomer


By Alistair Whitfield

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Nairn actor Nicholas Ralph has been nominated for the TV Times Awards best newcomer prize.

The 30-year-old plays the late vet and bestselling writer James Herriot in the latest version of screen favourite All Creatures Great And Small.

Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot with Clive the bull.
Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot with Clive the bull.

The first episode of the series which premiered at the start of the month was watched by 3.3 million viewers, smashing the previous record for a Channel 5 drama.

In addition, it's also been a hit with the critics, gaining an 83% approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.

Speaking just before the show screened for the first time, Nicholas talked about how thrilled he was to be working with actors of such a high calibre.

Amongst the cast are Samuel West who plays his eccentric boss Siegried Farnon, Dame Diana Rigg – who sadly died recently – and Nigel Havers who has appeared in everything from Chariots Of Fire to Coronation Street.

Nicholas said: "There’s no better way as an actor to learn than through experience and also just being on set with these people and watching them work."

In a category of six, he's up against Masali Baduza in Noughts + Crosses, Jack Bardoe in Belgravia, Mirren Mack in The Nest, Tanya Maniktala in A Suitable Boy and Paul Mescal in Normal People.

Vote for Nicholas here

All Creatures Great and Small is on Sundays at 7pm and Tuesday at 9pm, or any time on MY5, the Channel 5 catch-cup service.

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