As season two of Ackley Bridge was filmed in 2018 – after Nicholls’ accident, it’s not clear whether this had an impact on why he departed.
Nicholls started out as a child actor with roles in kids’ shows such as Children’s Ward, BBC’s The Biz and Earthfasts.
He went on to star in the likes of EastEnders, Law & Order: UK, Holby City and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
However, he usually keeps himself out of the spotlight these days and is rarely seen in public.
Ackley Bridge seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on All 4 now