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René Zagger (born 1 June, 1973) is a British actor, probably most well known for playing P.C. Nick Klein in The Bill from 1999 to 2004. He has also made several guest appearances in Casualty, and Wycliffe.
Zagger was born in Leytonstone, London. His father is of Russian-Polish ancestry and his mother is of Spanish-Portuguese ancestry. Zagger was raised a practising Jew by his parents but now considers himself to be more traditionalist. While attending Davenant Foundation School his interest in acting began affecting his attendance, so the headmaster suggested that he move to an acting school. He left his school and enrolled at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts.
Zagger's first professional acting role was portraying a young Marti Pellow in the Wet Wet Wet music video I remember. Other roles soon followed, from 1990-1991, Zagger played Mike Bentley in the children's TV drama Grange Hill, and later in 1991 he played the role of "Razors" in the Granada Television series Up The Garden Path. He also had several guest roles in Minder, Casualty, Wycliffe, Dangerous Lady and The Bill.
In 1999, Zagger auditioned for the role of Dale Smith in The Bill. He was unsuccessful in winning the role but the character of P.C. Nick Klein was created for him. Zagger remained in the role for five years. Zagger left the series and took the role of Antipholus of Syracuse in the Stafford festival's production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.
In 2006 Rene starred in the Dream Team mini series Dream Team 80's as striker Johnny Fletcher, who was the father to Harchester legend Karl Fletcher.
In 2006, Zagger filmed the historical drama, O Jerusalem, and vampire-horror film Night Junkies with Giles Alderson and Katia Winter. O Jerusalem was shown in France on October 18, 2006, and Night Junkies was released in December.
In 2006, he appeared in the BBC series Robin Hood in the episode "A Thing Or Two About Loyalty" as Lambert.
In July 2007, Zagger appeared as Herod in the second series of BBC/HBO TV series, Rome.
Autumn 2008 saw Zagger guest star in two major BBC1 crime series; he played an alcoholic ex-army Tottenham Hotspur supporter in New Tricks, and an Australian, Danny, in Silent Witness.