René Zagger was born on 1st June, 1973 in Leytonstone, London.
As a teenager, he developed an interest in acting which lead to his
school attendence becoming erratic as he took time off for auditions
and rehearsals. His headmaster eventually encouraged him to try for an
acting school. René then gained entry to Italia Conti. Some of his
classmates there would later become his cast mastes in the schools'
drama, "Grange Hill".
His first professional acting role was as a younger Marti Pellow in a pop video for Wet, Wet, Wet.
Continuing roles followed in "Up The Garden Path" and "Grange Hill",
along with guest roles in "Minder", "Wycliffe", "Dangerous Lady" and
Theatre roles in "Aladdin", "Les événements" and a
long tour of "Summer Holiday - The Musical" rounded out his career in
In 1999, René auditioned for the role of PC Dale Smith in "The
Bill". Despite not gaining that part, the role of PC Nick Klein was
created for him. As
Nick Klein, he was able to develop a warm, funny and dramatic character
over 5 years with the series.
After leaving "The Bill", René was cast as Antipholus of Syracuse in
the Stafford Festival's production of "A Comedy Of Errors", a
successful outdoor production marred only by rain on one night!
He returned to tv for the Christmas "Holby@Casualty" special where he
played a tanker driver who crashes into the hospital, causing death and
destruction - essential ingredients for the Season of Peace and
Diverse recent projects include a role in the historical drama "O
Jerusalem"; the vampire-horror film "Night Junkies"; the Auschwitz drama, "God On Trial", and a projected upcoming role as a
ghost in "Waiting For Eddie".
For several years he's been a patron of the Essex charity Kids In
, which helps to make life a little easier for children with
disabilities or terminal illnesses.