NIMMO, Derek Robert  [1930-1999]

It is common knowledge that an old boy of Quarry Bank High School appeared in the film A Hard Day’s Night. In fact there were two, as besides the starring John Lennon, a small cameo role was undertaken by Derek Nimmo who had been at the school a few years before his somewhat more famous Quarry old boy.

He was born in Liverpool in 1930, the son of an insurance clerk. He attended Quarry Bank High School and in his autobiography fellow-pupil Bill Rodgers recalled Nimmo as "riding a bicycle, heels on the pedals and toes pointing outwards, a rather clerical figure, as if rehearsing the roles he was soon to play". After leaving Quarry Bank when he was 17 he entered the insurance business. It was following his national service, when working at Goodlass Wall paint factory in Speke, that he first became interested amateur dramatics. (He had played Brutus in a school production of Julius Caesar). He subsequently turned professional in 1952 and spent over a decade doing mostly theatre work before gaining national prominence in 1967 when the BBC launched the comedy All Gas and Gaiters. Nimmo’s depiction of the junior cleric the Reverend Mervyn Noote was a significant factor in the show’s popularity and it ran for five series. Another ecclesiastical role materialised for him in the series Oh Brother ! in which he played Brother Dominic. He was also a regular on the BBC radio panel game Just A Minute, participating in the first recording in 1967 and continuing the association until his death.

He died in 1999 after falling down a flight of stone steps at his home and was buried in the churchyard at Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire.

26 Springbourne Road L17

By the time he started school the family had moved to Mossley Hill

20 Craigmore Road L18

The house was just a short walk away from Nimmo's primary school, Booker Avenue


The wikipedia entry gives quite a thorough account of his acting work.