Star of Strictly Nigel Harman might be a successful actor, however, his parents sadly weren’t around to experience much of it.
Throughout his career, Nigel has portrayed roles in EastEnders, Plus One and Hotel Babylon, to name a few. More recently, he is known for being a regular face in Casualty. Outside of television, he has starred in a number of musicals including Shrek, Guys and Dolls, and I Can’t Sing!.
Despite so many noteworthy jobs, Nigel hasn’t been able to celebrate all his victories with his parents.
Nigel Harman has many noteworthy roles (Credit: BBC)
Nigel’s mum died when he was 18
In 2003, Nigel landed himself his breakthrough role as Dennis Rickman in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was around 30 years old at the time. Prior to EastEnders, Nigel had previously worked as a child actor in the 1980s.
His mum, Maureen, tragically died from cancer when he was 18, therefore, she was unable to see how far her son had come. His dad, Derek, however, was able to follow some of his journey. But, sadly, he died from leukaemia in 2006, a year after Nigel left EastEnders.
“Dad was always thrilled with my career,” he told the Mail Online in 2011. “And at least my mother saw me act as a child.”