New Netflix series Bridgerton dedicated their season finale to a certain Brian Nickels. Who was he and why was he remembered by the show?
The American period drama series was a gift for all, when it premiered on Christmas Day – lucky for those sick of festive movies!
All 10 episodes of season 1 were released and binge-watchers have probably already made it to the last episode.
Created by Chris Van Dusen, the series follows two families in the world of Regency London high society.
Who was Brian Nickels?
Any eagle-eyed fans would have noticed that the credits of the last episode began with “In loving memory of Brian Nickels”.
Brian “Sonny” Nickels was the stunt co-ordinator of the series. Previously a boxer, he passed away on January 15 2020 from a cardiac arrest.
He was born August 17 1965 in Kilburn, North West London, meaning that he was aged 54 at passing.
After retiring from his professional boxing career at 25, he turned to the stunt industry and had over 25 years of experience.
According to his IMDB, he had a very impressive portfolio of work such as the Fast and Furious franchise, The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and several Marvel films.
Bridgerton marked Brian’s status as a stunt co-ordinator, rather than just a performer.
He is survived by his wife, Simone, and his two children, Sienna and Rocco, aged seven and three.
Brian Nickels’ stunts
Here are some of Brian’s older work; since bigger roles in franchises would not have been obvious as a stunt double.
In this 2007 clip, Brian acts at the thug at 0:58, where he axes another character.
Brian is more evident in royal wedding special of ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ in 2011, where he acts as a drunken groom and ends up face planting a cake!