He had formed a group called The Rockin' Phantoms with school friends at the age of 13. With money earned from his first job he bought a Hofner guitar and an amplifier. Holder turned professional with Steve Brett & the Mavericks. The band made three singles and one TV appearance.
Slade were first and foremost a formidable live act and their live show has never been captued on film for commercial release.
After Slade & acting career
Since the singer's departure from Slade in 1991, he has appeared in various TV shows, most notably The Grimleys (1999-2001) as music teacher Neville Holder, and had his own radio show on Piccadilly 1152 in Manchester in the 1990s. He also presented 31 editions of Noddy's Electric Ladyland on Men & Motors, was a team captain in BBC's A Question of Pop and was immortalised as a puppet on the TV show Bob the Builder.
In 1999 Noddy Holder's autobiography Who's Crazee Now? was published and he was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his services to music. The singer has also been the subject of the This Is Your Life TV show. On 8 December 2000, Holder made a cameo appearance in a live episode of Granada Television's Coronation Street, as a character called Stan, helping the cast mark the 40th anniversary of the soap.
Holder's voice was famously used in 2000 to record the lift announcements at the Walsall New Art Gallery. Director of the gallery Peter Jenkinson said at the time: "We are delighted that Noddy has agreed to record the lift announcements so that generations to come will be able to enjoy the unmistakable voice of Walsall's most famous son".
In November 2004 he made a guest appearance in the second episode of Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere - where he played a garage mechanic called Mick Bustin. In 2005 Noddy has appeared in an advertisement campaign for Nobby's Nuts and Crisps. In 2006 Noddy made a guest appearance alongside Northampton Indie Rockers The Retro Spankees in a music video for the Misty's Big Adventure single 'Fashion Parade'.
Noddy Holder is a regular TV critic and reviewer for The Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2, where the three often talk about Holder's rock star past. Mark often refers to Noddy as 'Sir Nodward of Holder'. He also occasionally presented Dumber & Dumbest, which was broadcast in the UK on Five.
Noddy Holder was the third celebrity to be inducted onto the Birmingham Walk of Stars. His induction ceremony took place on 9 December 2007 at Birmingham's 2007 Canal Boat Light Parade. For Christmas 2007, he recorded 'Noddy Holders Favourite Christmas Songs,' a countdown of his favourite seasonal songs from various musicians, for the music channel The Hits. On 24th December, 2008, Holder appeared on British TV's BBC humorous news quiz show Have I Got News for You as a member of comedian and writer Paul Merton's team.
On 7 April 2004 in East Cheshire, he married TV-producer Suzan Price, with whom he has a son, Django (named after legendary gypsy jazz-guitarist Django Reinhardt), who was born in January 1995. , Holder has two grown daughters, Jessica and Charisse, from his previous marriage, to Leandra.