Friday, January 04, 2008

NICOLAI "COCO" POLIAKOFF: Bertram Mills Circus

Nicolai Poliakoff OBE, reading his fan mail,

Combing out his flip-top wig,

Putting the finishing touches to his famous face

And entertaining audiences at the Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia where he was featured for decades.


Anonymous said...

"cocos" daughter nadia is a resident at the nursin home i work at. very nice lady and very proud of her dad.

Anonymous said...

Did you know that one of Coco's Granddaughters runs a circus school in Surry, very profesional and also very proud of her Grandfather.

Anonymous said...

I was his secretary for a couple of years when his caravan was parked at the Olympia station. He was fantastic, interesting and kind. His wife Valentina made good apple strudels and she was lovely as well. I have happy memories of them. I worked for him around 1968/69 and only left because I got married and moved away from London.

Anonymous said...

I was 9 when I saw COCO at the Gainsbough Theater in Bootle l20
Untill today I always thought he was a Russian & in the early 1950s assumed he was doing what "They" wanted so I always felt sad for him.dont ask me why but hes always been on my mind so now I know it's just my over active imagination & he's had a safe & happy life!
(wish I still had the photograph of us all taken with him )