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Marvellous (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 September 2014
The life of Neil Baldwin, a man who has shrugged off his perceived limitations to live an incredible life.


Julian Farino


Peter Bowker
11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Jones ... Neil Baldwin
Gemma Jones ... Mary
Tony Curran ... Lou Macari
Nicholas Gleaves ... Rev Mark
Greg McHugh ... Malcolm
Paul Hunter ... Ringmaster
Steven Cree ... Rev. McCoist
Mona Goodwin ... Elaine
Jacqueline Redgewell Jacqueline Redgewell ... Doris
Paul Bell Paul Bell ... Lorry driver
Ben Abell Ben Abell ... Security guard
Jordan Murphy ... Laino
Oliver Ashworth ... Bomber
Toby DeCann ... Paddy
Michael Fox ... Registrar


Neil Baldwin, born just after World War II, is considered to have learning difficulties but he has an appetite for life and, encouraged by his mother Mary, leaves his butchery job to join the circus as Nello the Clown, being undaunted when the circus moves on without him. He moves to Keele University, where Mary has a cleaning job, appointing himself the unofficial greeter to new students, a role rewarded by an honorary degree in 2013. He also gets to manage its unofficial football team, named after him, and in 1992 talks his way into becoming the kit man and mascot of his beloved football team Stoke City. For Neil there are no boundaries - his interest in religion leads to his becoming a lay preacher whilst he presents himself at the House of Commons for tea with MP Tony Benn and at Cambridge University, where he strikes up a friendship with Prince Andrew, which results in his being on the queen's Christmas card list. With his indomitable attitude overcoming early set-backs and the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Pure Joy
25 March 2015 | by valleyjohnSee all my reviews


I have been meaning to seeing Marvellous for a while since it was shown on TV last year and i have to ask myself why did it take so long ? because this film is a joy to behold. It's the story of Neil Baldwin , who's outlook in life is infectious and lives life too the full . Along the way , picks up friends that mere mortals like you and me wouldn't think of mixing with. Toby Jones is fantastic as Nello and this confirms that he is currently one of the best character actors around today. What is really good about this is the interspersion of the real Neil Baldwin who confirms long the way that this did ( or didn't ) really happen . Director , Julian Farino has made a film here that can only be described as joyous and it is worth the licence fee alone. Nello is a legend . Bloody Marvellous. 10 out of 10

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