Nicholas Hitchon, star of groundbreaking ITV documentary series Up, dies from throat cancer aged 65
Posted by  badge Boss on Aug 29, 2023 - 08:19PM
Nicholas Hitchon has sadly died aged 65 (Picture: ITV)

Nicholas Hitchon, the star of a major documentary series, has sadly died aged 65.

Hitchon was known for having his life chronicled in the pioneering British documentary films Up.

He was on screens from the age of seven in 1964 until the age of 63 in 2019.

He sadly died of throat in Madison, Wisconsin, previously revealing his diagnosis in the most recent film in the series, 63 Up.

At the time, he said it was unlikely that he would live past the end of 2020.

Despite the fact that Hitchon died on July 23, the news has only just been shared publicly on the University of Wisconsin’s website.

He had his life chronicled in ITV documentary series Up (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

Hitchon’s earliest TV appearance came in Seven Up, when he was just a boy in the English countryside,.

Up proceeded to follow through the decades as he grew up to become a researcher and professor in the States.

The series also charted the lives of 10 other boys and four seven-year-old girls who all had different backgrounds and grew up in various parts of the country.

Many continued to star in 2005’s 49 Up and 56 Up in 2012.

Of the original cast members, 11 appeared in the show in 2019.

Farmer’s son Hitchon grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and went on to become a nuclear fusion scientist.

Hitchon was just six years of age when he first appeared on screens (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
From a rural background, he was selected to appear especially by a researcher in the 1960s (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

He worked at the University of Wisconsin until his retirement in June this year.

He was selected to appear in the Up series by researcher Michael Apted, who was on the hunt for a rural child who was confident enough to talk in front of a camera.

Aged just six at the time, Hitchon – who went to a Church of England primary school – was chosen.

He was the eldest of three boys and the son of farmer Guy and his wife Iona.