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Nick Park

Nick Park standing by a Wallace and Gromit Float in Preston.

British animation and northern comedy at its best...

For many, Wallace and Gromit is a beloved film series. This is mainly due to its talented creator, Preston born and bred animator, director, writer and multiple Oscar winner, Nick Park.

Born on Brookfield Park in 1958, Nick grew up on Greenlands Estate, later moving to Walmer Bridge. 

With a keen interest in drawing cartoons from a young age, he first experimented in film as a 13 year old with the help of his mother, a home movie camera and cotton bobbins. He then went on to study at Preston's College and studied animation at the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire. In recognition of his achievements, Preston College named their library the Nick Park Library Learning Centre.

Nick has been based in Bristol since the mid-1980s when he joined Aardman Animations, remaining proud of his Preston origins, with his family still living in the area.

Nick first made his name with his first short film series success, Creature Comforts, which won an Oscar® in 1990. He went on to make award winning stop motion short films like 'A Grand Day Out' (1989), 'The Wrong Trousers' (1993), 'A Close Shave' (1995) and 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' (2008) as well as full animation features 'Chicken Run' (2000) and 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' (2005). Nick boasts four Academy Awards, five BAFTAs and many more nominations, not to mention a coveted gold Blue Peter badge.

Nick’s work has also included executive production on television animation hits such as 'Shaun the Sheep' and the multi award-winning music video for Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer'. His most recent film 'Early Man' was a huge hit and made $95.6 million at the box office.