What would Wicksy say? Former EastEnders star Nick Berry shows off his grey hair as he promotes DVD

By Georgina Littlejohn

Distinguished: Former actor Nick Berry shows off his grey hair as he arrives at a TV studio to promote his new DVD

We're sure that Simon Wicks would have been reaching straight for the hair dye at the first sign of ageing.

But away from the spotlight and living a lovely family life, Nick Berry has let nature run its course as he showed off a head of grey hair today.

Looking tanned and distinguished, the 48-year-old actor, who played Wicks in the BBC soap in the Eighties, appeared on the Lorraine show this morning to promote the DVD of his last acting project In Deep.

Nick stopped acting in 2003 but briefly came out of his retirement today to talk to the TV host about the DVD of the crime drama which he made before he gave up acting.

And he told his host he almost didn't recognise himself and said: 'I look like a baby back then.'

Berry played Wicks, EastEnders' first pin-up and a role that also gave him a number one single with Every Loser Wins, from 1985 to 1990.

Yorkshire's finest: Nick as policeman PC Nick Rowan in Heartbeat in 1994

He was the son of Pat Evans, played by Pam St Clement, who recently announced she was leaving the soap after 25 years, and a notorious womaniser which resulted in an affair with Ian Beale's then wife Cindy, played by Michelle Collins.

In 1992 he joined Heartbeat and played PC Nick Rowan for six years before leaving to write, produced and direct the BBC series Harbour Lights, which ran for two series.

Heartthrob: Nick became EastEnders' first pin-up when he played womaniser Simon Wicks, seen here behind the Queen Vic bar with Lofty (Tom Watt) in 1987

He returned to Heartbeat for a special episode in 2002 and in 2003 he announced he was quitting acting.

Now living in Epping, Essex with wife Rachel Robertson and their two sons Louis and Finley, he said: 'I had a good innings and I just thought, "I want to be at home now".

'I have been doing the school run and I’m a very proud gardener.'

Newlyweds: Nick and wife Rachel Robertson on their wedding day in 1994

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