1. Nick was born Nicholas John Frost in Romford, Essex, in 1972. He had to leave school early to work for a shipping company after his dad's business went bust and the family's home was repossessed.
2. Frost made his first (uncredited) TV appearance as an 8-year-old watching his beloved West Ham United play Leyton Orient in the Cup. "West Ham were taking a corner and I was in that part of the ground," he explains. "We got back that night to watch Match Of The Day and I was there, in my duffel coat, giving it the trademarked, double thumbs-up."
3. When he was 18, Nick travelled to Israel and lived on a kibbutz for over a year, describing it as "my university and my gap year all in one". What did he do over there? "I worked in the fish ponds. And I picked cotton and I picked apples. And I worked in a plastics factory," he says.
4. When he came back to England, Nick picked up a job as a waiter at the Cricklewood branch of Mexican restaurant chain Chiquito, where he worked for six years and first flexed his acting muscles. "If a rough family came in, you'd be a bit rough; if a posh bloke came in, you'd hang back and call him sir," he explains. "I was good at it, I got lots of tips."
5. Also working at the restaurant was a girl who dated a man named Simon Pegg... Pegg soon forced his funny friend Frost to try his hand at stand-up, but he knocked it on the head after less than a dozen gigs - half of which went well, but the other half saw him being "booed off within a minute".
6. Pegg didn't let his pal off that easily though, and convinced Frost to resurrect his gun-mad character "Mike" for a sitcom he was writing with Jessica Hynes (then Stevenson), called Spaced. How did he manage to persuade his best mate to join him? He apparently went at him with a knife and warned: "If you don't appear in our show, I'll cut your nuts up." Blimey!
7. If you don't know Nick from his ever-expanding list of top-class TV & movie credits (after Paul he'll show up with Pegg as the Thompson Twins in Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's Tintin), you may recognise his dulcet tones from less well-received fare, including ads for Elephant insurance and Sky One's intriguingly-titled Celebrity Mingers: Before They Were Mingers.
8. Frost got his kit off and got it on with Gemma Arterton and Talulah Riley in The Boat That Rocked, but his mum-in-law wasn't overly pleased about the prospect. "My mother-in-law is Swedish and very forthright and opinionated," Nick reveals, "And when I told her that I was going to do a nude scene, she says, 'Oh, I hope I don’t see your penis'." The US renamed the flick Pirate Radio and shaved 20min off the runtime, but the naked Frost remains!
9. Nick was approached to star as singer Paul Potts in a now-shelved biopic about the first winner of Britain's Got Talent. "I read the script and if it hadn't been about Paul Potts, I'd probably have done it," he admits. "It was good. But I didn't want to be known as Paul Potts. I'd rather play Pol Pot."
10. As well as his comedy acting and writing, Nick is also a budding painter, but don't expect to see his work on gallery walls anytime soon. He told the wonderfully-named Frostitution fansite: "It's something that I love, but I think at this point they are fairly private to me. I'm not sure anyone would want to see them. To be honest they're like the pictures that surgeons make people do who have had a bad brain injury."