BBC Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel: the life of Nigel Havers, from marriages to the daughter of a famous actor and TV presenter, to being godfather to a famous comedian


Nigel Havers returns to our screens in Michael McIntyre’s hit new game show The Wheel, but it’s not the only celebrity circle he’s found himself in. The 70-year-old actor appears on the popular new show which sees celebrities help contestants answer questions on specialty topics.

Nigel has been in showbiz for 40 years and has appeared in many TV favorites including Downton Abbey, Coronation Street and Midsomer Murders. He was born in Middlesex in 1951 to barrister Sir Michael Havers, who later became a Lord.

He attended Arts Educational School in London after choosing not to follow in his family’s footsteps of an Eton education. Nigel began acting in the radio drama Mrs Dale’s Dairy, but soon moved on to acting. Her career picked up again after her appearance in the historical drama series Upstairs, Downstairs.

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He quickly became a household name. Nigel won Best Exit at the British Soap Awards for his role in Coronation Street and was nominated for a BAFTA following his role in Chariots of Fire. Nigel’s personal life leaves little to the imagination, involving dating high-profile women, the daughter of famed actor Hugh Williams, drink-driving and his role as godfather to a much-loved British comedian.

Nigel Havers has been on our screens for nearly half a century

Describing a first experience with a leading lady, Nigel recalled: “I was in her dressing room doing whatever she asked of me, and I mean anything and everything.

“One afternoon, I wandered into his dressing room, still in my officer’s kit, to find a new cast member dressed similarly, repeating what I had been perfecting over the past few months.

“My time was up. She blew me a kiss and I slipped away. I was actually kind of relieved, I needed a rest.”

In the mid-1980s, while married to Carolyn Cox, he had an affair with Polly Williams, the daughter of actor Hugh Williams and the sister of his friend, actor Simon Williams.

Nigel Havers and Polly Williams
Nigel Havers married his second wife Polly Williams in 1989

He married Williams in 1989 after divorcing his first wife, but Polly sadly passed away in 2004.

Havers was arrested in February 1990 on suspicion of drunk driving and taken to Harrow Police Station. He was then banned from driving for a year and fined £500.

After the death of his second wife, Nigel remarried in 2007, this time to Essex-born Georgiana Bronfman.

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A little-known fact about Nigel, who shocked I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here in its tenth series, is that he’s godfather to a famous British comedian. .

His godson, Jack Whitehall, is best known for his roles in the sitcoms Bad Education and Fresh Meat, as well as traveling with his father and hosting the Brits in years gone by.

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