Nicholas Woodeson is an English actor best known for his role as Posca, the personal slave, confidante and aide-de-camp of Julius Caesar, in the period drama television series Rome, from 2005-2007.
Woodeson, born in 1949 in England to British parents - spent his early childhood in Haifa in Israel in line with his parents' diplomatic postings and recalls that his first taste of thespian glory was reciting A.A. Milne poems to family friends at the age of six.
Nick's strong affinity and regard for the Middle East meant that, in the 2000s, he wrote several heart-felt letters to English broadsheet newspapers expressing his views on the Middle East crisis and American involvement therein.
Sent back to England to complete a boarding school education, he went on to Sussex University where his interest in drama re-surfaced and he engaged in competitive productions for the British National Student Drama Festival.
As a consequence he was noticed by and obtained his first acting job for the theatrical repertory company at Crewe in Cheshire, England, ruefully noting in hindsight that he was usually a prompter or assistant stage manager, rather than a player.
However, he soon obtained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and later joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, in 1981, remaining with them intermittently until 1990.
He has consequently appeared in all media including films like Topsy-Turvy and television dramas like Midsomer Murders in 1998, where he played one of several murder suspects, along with actress Angela Pleasence.
A year later, Angela and Nick played a mother and son in the stage play The Late Middle Classes, notwithstanding the fact that with no more than a decade's age gap between them, she was too young for the role.
By 2007 he had reached a global audience as the fatally-flawed Posca in the BBC/HBO TV blockbuster, Rome.
In 2008 he appeared as a guest star in Foyle's War and in 2010 he appeared as Alexander Grozin, president of the fictional Eastern European state of Turgisia, in a television production of Borgen.
In 2011 he guest starred in the television series The Hour and Shameless and in 2012 appeared in the big-budget film John Carter.