There are very few performers who have had such a varied career in entertainment as Neil Sands.From being given his first guitar at eight he was already on stage in his own skiffle group at nine years old. As a teen Neil was part of the 60’s beat boom, playing with many groups in and around East London and Essex. Often sharing the stage with many of the legendary names of that era.
But it was to be as a television wrestling star that he first found national recognition.
His lifetime interest in sport had led him to a wrestling gym which in turn led to a wrestling career that took him all around the world and led to many appearances on Saturday afternoon televisions World of Sport. Wrestling many greats of the era like Jackie Mr. TV Pallo, Kendo Nagasaki, and Giant Haystacks and even competing for the Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1981 against The Giant American The Mighty John Quinn. It was during this time that Neil first went in to promoting and production, presenting wrestling shows in Civic Halls, Holiday Parks and corporate events around the country.
On retiring from the ring Neil decided to get back to singing this led to performing summer seasons and cabaret working alongside many big stars including, Bob Monkhouse, Mike Read, Larry Grayson to name just a few.
He has appeared in films with Richard Burton, John Cleese, and Richard Harris. His television credits include Lovejoy, The Chiefs and Campion. He even taught his Royal Highness Prince Edward to wrestle for the Cambridge production of the play Trafford Tanzi. Over the past 24 years Neil has been producing and appearing in a wide range of very popular theatre shows, and for the past 17 years has become the producer of the most popular matinee nostalgia shows in the country, all of which can be seen on this site.
With plans for even more productions in the pipeline the future looks busy and bright for this former Southern Area Heavyweight Wrestling Champ once known as wrestling's Golden Boy but now much better known as The Master of Matinee Nostalgia!!