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ACTOR Paul Bradley shot to fame in the mid-90s portraying the hapless, bad shirt-wearing Nigel Bates in EastEnders, but he is more recently recognisable as the eccentric, but brilliant surgeon Dr Elliot Hope in BBC1’s ‘Holby City’. 

When he’s not acting, Paul performs in bizarre jazz band hKippers, who are celebrating their 25th birthday this year. (The ‘h’ is silent.) Paul ‘plays’ Sellotape and guitar alongside Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck and Pogues drummer Andrew Ranken. Paul describes their sound as ‘stupid world music’.

“The band is made up of talented musicians, and I’m the least gifted of the bunch,” says Paul. Adding: “A music journalist said in a review that I sang like a lorry driver… I took that as a compliment.” 

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