Some of the current crop of entertainment stars had it handed to 'em on a plate, breezing through expensive stage schools in tap shoes and jazz-handing their way into cushy gigs, but not our Nick Frost. In fact while some wannabe comedians were practicing their deadpan stares in the mirror Nick was spinning trays as a waiter (his record was 13) or working on a Kibbutz in Israel.
His first telly appearance was at age 8, he was in the background of a West Ham game which was later shown on Match of the Day – Nick was giving his now trademark double thumbs up to the camera. He also worked doing some cringetastic corporate training videos with titles such as, "Chris Carter and the Coverplan Challenge" as well as a sales video for electronics store Dixons. He's also voiced ads for Elephant Car Insurance and a Sky 1 show which is fabulously titled, Celebrity Mingers: Before They Were Mingers.
Ever wondered why Nick and Simon Pegg's on-screen chemistry is so spot-on? Well, wonder no more – there's no acting involved, they've been best mates since the early 90s, and flatmates for eight of those years. Simon decided that his fledgling sitcom couldn't go ahead without his best pal Nick playing a part (threatening to cut off his danglies if he refused) and, as that sitcom turned out to be cult-smash Spaced, Nick's days of trotting around Chiquito's in Cricklewood with plates of Mexican food were over for good.
Catching the eye of comedy fans everywhere, not to mention ladies with a penchant for the fuzzier gentleman, Nick's friendship with Simon and director Edgar Wright saw him light up the big screen in Hot Fuzz and zom-rom-com Shaun of the Dead, not to mention cropping up on his todd in the criminally underrated Black Books and sketch show Man Stroke Woman. He also wrote and presented an SAS survival show called Danger 50,000 Volts – a show which teaches you to improvise in dangerous situations. So kind of like Ray Mears, if it was presented by your mate down the pub.
Still spreading himself between TV and Tinseltown Nick's been on a Boat that Rocked and sent into Hyperdrive of late, as well as lending his chirpy tones to the toddlers as the narrator of Supernanny. A great example of getting by with a little help from your friends. He also starred in flick Kinky Boots, a film about a shoemaker who makes sexy shoes to keep his business afloat. He was also approached to play Paul Pott's in a biopic of the portly singer who won the first ever Britain's Got Talent. He turned it down.
He rejoined Simon Pegg for alien adventure flick Paul, which features more of their pop-culture referencing, hilarious geekery. They also found the time to remake Star Wars on set – look it up on Youtube, it's brilliant.
In his spare time he enjoys painting, but doesn't reckon we'll be able to view his work any time soon. He describes his attempts at artwork as, "like the pictures that surgeons make people do who have had a bad brain injury" which doesn't sound too promising. And then there's the film Snow White and the Huntsman, which with big lad Nick cast as a dwarf.