Nigel Cooke was born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, and has art running through his veins. Nigel joined the Merchant Navy after leaving school and subsequently has held a number of jobs on the road to becoming a full-time artist.
These included joining Butlins as their resident caricaturist and entertainer. He later went on to open caricature concessions on Blackpool's Central Pier and Pleasure Beach, in the Trafford Centre Mall in Manchester, and at Alton Towers. He has also worked as a character designer for Hong Kong-based C.I.M International and remains a member of the National Caricature Network in the USA.