NICOLA Walker previously graced our screens in the Bafta-nominated ITV crime drama Unforgotten as the tenacious DCI Cassie Stuart.
She’s best known for her roles in Spooks and Collateral, and now she’s appearing in the ITV drama Unforgotten – here’s the lowdown…
Getty Images Nicola Walker is known for roles on Spooks and Unforgotten
Who is Nicole Walker? What was her early life?
East-Londoner Nicola Walker was born on 15 May 1970 in Stepney.
She attended Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow, and Forest School, Walthamstow, and took acting classes from age 12.
Nicola then attended New Hall, Cambridge, where she first stepped out onto the stage, beginning her acting career with the Cambridge Footlights.
She was in good company as her fellow thespians included Spooks writer David Wolstencroft and comedian Sue Perkins, who were all part of the 1990 national tour.
Sue, who was older than Nicola, was asked to act as her “college mother”, with the intention that she would support and look after her younger contemporary.
Although Nicola later said: “She was the worst college mother I could have had. They’re meant to hold your hand. She asked to borrow my bike, got drunk and I never saw it again.”
Nicola acted on stage as Sue’s stooge and years later they rekindled the partnership when Sue cast Nicola in her hit sitcom Heading Out.
Nicola was offered a place at the prestigious RADA school after graduating from Cambridge and began to pursue her acting career.
Based in London, she shared a flat with Sue, Sarah Phelps, and Emma Kennedy, and acted at the Edinburgh Festival and the London Festival Fringe.
What television work has Nicole Walker done?
Nicola snagged her first major television roles were in 1997, as Gypsy Jones in Channel 4’s adaptation of A Dance to the Music of Time, and teacher Suzy Travis in two series of Steven Moffat’s school-sitcom Chalk.
She has also had guest roles Dalziel and Pascoe, Jonathan Creek, Pie in the Sky, and Broken News.
Nicola was cast in the leading role of DI Susan Taylor in ITV thriller Touching Evil in 1997 acting opposite Robson Green and in 2003, Nicola joined the cast of Spooks.
BBC She is famed for her role in Spooks
She remained with the show until the fifth series, when she left to give birth to her first child.
The star returned in 2009 and continued until the series ended in 2011.
Since leaving spooks Nicola has played a major character in the one off BBC crime drama Inside Men and featured alongside Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, and Sarah Lancashire, in fourth series of the BBC original drama Last Tango in Halifax.
Earlier this year she starred in Collateral and the BBC drama The Split.
The Split is set in London and follows the lives of three sisters who are high-flying divorce lawyers.
Nicola plays the role of Hannah Defoe, who is inquisitive and analytical with other people’s marriages, while dealing with her own relationship issues.
The star is about to return to our screens in the latest series of Unforgotten.
Nicola is reprising her role in Unforgotten
What theatre work has Nicole Walker done?
Nicola has won an Olivier Award in 2013 for Best Supporting Actress in her role as Judy, the main character Christopher’s mother, in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In 2014, she starred alongside Mark Strong and Phoebe Fox in Arthur Miller’s play A View from the Bridge, at the Young Vic theatre.
What film work has Nicole Walker done?
In 1994 Nicola famously starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral as one half of the “frightful folk duo”, who sings Can’t Smile Without You at the first wedding.
She also appeared in the feature film adaptation of the classic television series Thunderbirds (2004).
In 2005, she portrayed a British journalist caught up in the Rwandan genocide in Shooting Dogs.
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