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Nicholas Brendon

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[Plays Xander Harris]

Nicholas Brendon's first ambition was to become a baseball player, but a badly broken arm meant that baseball's loss was acting's gain.

Brendon's TV debut was in a Clearasil advert ("not really acting", he said later.) He was a production assistant on the comedy 'Dave's World', which led to a guest appeareance in front of the cameras.

In television he had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera 'The Young and the Restless', and starred in the pilot of 'Secret Lives'. He played an evil corn follower in the feature film 'Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest'. And on stage, he has starred in Los Angeles theatre productions of 'The Further Adventures of Tom Sawyer', 'My Own Private Hollywood' and 'Out of Gas On Lovers' Leap'.

He is slated to appear with Garrett Wang (Kim in Star Trek: Voyager) in 'Pinata' (still in production) and the intriguingly-entitled 'Psycho Beach Party'.

Born in Granada Hills, California, Nick has an identical twin brother, Kelly (which opens up all sorts of plot possibilities for 'BTVS', don't you think?). And here's another funny thing: Nick has a pierced belly button, so he has to remove some jewellery whenever Xander takes his shirt off.

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