Stop hand

Click to help Cruella!
This scum Old Nick
is driving Cruella insane!
So sayeth the great Lord of Darkness Sauron:
or he will send Darth Vader to terminate you.

Old Nick is the sole antagonist of the 2015 independent drama film Room, which was based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name. He is a criminal who kidnapped and raped Joy "Ma" Newsome in captivity and biological father to Jack.

He is portrayed by Sean Bridgers.


Old Nick lured 17-year old Joy Newsome by pretending that his dog was lost before kidnapping her and holding her captive in his garden shed. He raped and abused her for a period of time which resulted in the birth of Jack's deceased brother. One year later Jack was born, Joy tried to protect him fearing that Old Nick would kill them if his neighbours found out. Old Nick tells Joy that he has lost his job and threatens that he may not be able to afford their supplies in the future. To save Jack and herself, Joy trains him to pretend to be dead so Old Nick will take him to the grave but this ultimately fails and as a result Old Nick tries to strangle Joy almost to death.

Eventually, Jack escaped from the trunk and rushed to a man who mistook him for a girl and police arrests Old Nick for kidnapping and Joy is saved and reunited with her family and son.

Old Nick suffers abuse from prisoners or possible victims of his that testified against him.


  • Old Nick is based off of Josef Friztl, Ariel Castro and Phillip Garrido, three men who kidnapped their victims and held them captive for years, making them have children in the process.
  • Old Nick is another name for Satan. Even Emma Donoghue stated that the book is like "a battle between Mary and the Devil for baby Jesus."