<p>Paul Nicholls (born Paul Greenhalgh on 12 April 1979) is an English actor
Paul Nicholls made his TV debut in 1989, at the age of 10, in Children's Ward. In 1994 he appeared in the BBC children's drama Earthfasts and The Biz , a teenage performing arts drama filmed at Hampton Court. However, it was his character of Joe Wicks in BBC's long-running soap series EastEnders which earned him national attention. He made his first appearance in the series in February 1996 and soon attracted a large fanbase of teenage viewers, reportedly receiving more mail than all other cast members combined. In 1997 the BBC initiated a fan club to which mail could be directed; membership reached 3500 with newsletters and photo packs provided to subscribers.
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was being widely featured in numerous posters and teen/television/pop culture magazines including Attitude, BIG!, Bliss, Gay Times, Heat, Just Seventeen, Live & Kicking, MIZZ, My Guy, Now, OK, Radio Times, Shout, Sky International, Sky magazine, Smash Hits, Sneak, Sugar, TV Hits, TV Times, and What's on TV. Although he was offered a lucrative long-term Eastenders contract by the BBC and was reportedly the</p>