Nicola Hollinshead

  • Actor
    Female / London
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    40 - 46
    Height
    5' 8" (1m 75cm)
    Weight
    9st. 13lb (63kg)
    Hair Colour
    Brown
    Eye Colour
    Blue
    Build
    Slim
  • Files

    • video file (mp4)
  • Links

    IMDB
    IMDB
    Twitter
    twitter
    Equity
    yes

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2012'gives a fine performance, with perfect comic timing'.
Colette Sheridan
irishexaminer.com
2012'inhabits the part with a performance of humanity and utter credibility,.
Liam Heylin
eveningecho.ie
2012...and Hollinshead is compelling, despite the familiarity of the material'Irish Sunday Times
Declan Burke
sundaytimes.co.uk
2012...'Hollinshead ensures we feel the full gamut of Shirley's emotional life...'**** 4 stars
Stephen Mulkearn
metro.co.uk
2012'You will rarely see a better solo performance ... 5 stars *****
Michael Moffatt
ani.ie
2012...gives the performance of any actor's life'.
Gerry Colgan
irishtimes.com
2012...gives the character a grand dignity, and sly manipulative characteristics..
John Park
fringereport.com
2012The acting is confident and multi-faceted, with particularly accomplished performances by the female contingent: namely Nicola Hollinshead as Zucco's mother...
Frey Le Maistre
fringereview.co.uk
2012... and Nicola Hollinshead in the dual roles of Mrs Cratchit and the charwoman are both excellent...
Janet Locke
remotegoat..co.uk

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2015 - 2018Role-play (applied theatre projects)
Theatre
Various role playFreelance applied theatre practitioner working with a variety of groups/settings
2014 - 2015Mary Anning
Corporate
Natural History MuseumSpectrum Drama
2014 - 2015Florence Nightingale
Corporate
Florence Nightingale MuseumSpectrum Drama
2014Victorian Passenger
Corporate
London Transport MuseumSpectrum Drama
2014Hortensia Philpott - Victorian passenger
Corporate
Moorgate Steam DaysSpectrum Drama
2013Kat (supporting lead)
Film (Feature)
Being Nice
Andy Blackburn
Carsick Pictures
Isle of Man Film Festival 2013
2013NHS Professional
Voiceover
NHS ProfessionalsBlackbridge Communications
2013Industry Character Portraits
Still Photos
Getty ImagesHoward Kingsnorth
2013Law Student
Voiceover
Insolvency Case
Jason Harvey
The University of Law
2013Mrs Boland
Role Play
William & Glynns Bank Insovency case
Jason Harvey
The University of Law
2013Martha ( fiancee)
Role Play
Will settlements
Erica Ryan
The University of Law
2013Jane Bussman (Lead)
Rehearsed Reading
Poop Scoop
Jane Bussman
Player Playwrights
The Florence
2012Anna (Lead)
Theatre
Anna Weiss
Anna-Jane Niznikowska
Mountview PG Directors Season
The Cockpit
2012Coin Jar Lady
Still Photos
Halifax 'Summer Savings'
Dean Northcott
Adam & Eve
2012Alice/Mother (Lead)
Film (Short)
Mothers Day
Isabelle Defaut
Tea & Cake Productions
2012Cat/Creative Director (supporting lead)
Film (Feature)
Kissing & Fucking
Andy Blackburn
Carsick Pictures
2012Community Psychiatric Nurse
Film (Short)
Livin the Dream
Donna King
Filmwerq - Karl Grady
2012Actor
Workshops
The Alchemy of Screen Acting
Andrew Higgs
Macheath Productions
2012Judith Shakespeare (Lead)
Rehearsed Reading
And To My Daughter
Jan Harris
Player Playwrights
2011Woman 1
Rehearsed Reading
Scratch Night
Ray Shell
New Brittania Theatre Company
New Brittania Theatre
2011Val
Workshops
Nil by Mouth
Robyn Moore
Actors Guild Acting for Camera
Jerwood Space
2011Sue/Social Worker
Rehearsed Reading
Carthage
Chris Thompson (writer)
Player Playwrights
2011Homeless parent
Still Photos
Christmas Churches Campaign
Sonja Friedrich
Shelter
Immo Klink- photographer
2011The Fallen Star/Glamorous actress
Theatre
In the Wings, The Play-House, V& A Lates
Natalie Scott/Joseph Thorpe
The Lab Collective
V& A
2011Eve/Mother (Lead)
Film (Short)
Only Sleeping
Timur Bekir
Mighty Fine Films
Portobello Film Festival 2012
2011Tarty waitress
Film (Short)
Shadow Fantasy
Will More
Blue Palmetto Films
2010 - 2011Mrs Crachit/Charwoman
Theatre
A Christmas Carol
Ray Shell
Giant Olive
Lion & Unicorn Theatre
2010Lady Eleanor Davies (Lead)
Workshops
Babylon or Confusion
Roisin McBrin
Actors Centre
2010Martha the Nosey Neighbour (Lead)
Theatre
The Irish Wake of Paddy McGrath
Eileen Pollock
Shamrock Rose
London Irish Theatre Company
2010Florrie Smith
Musical
On Our Street (promenade performance) Islington Green to Kings Head Theatre
Sherill Gow/Kristina Nilles
Kings Head Theatre/Occams Razor Theatre
Kings Head Theatre
2010Martha the Nosey Neighbour (Lead)
Theatre
The Irish Wake of Paddy McGrath
Eileen Pollock
The Camden Fringe
The Lion & Unicorn
2010Woman receiving flowers
Online / Digital
Interflora Mothers Day
Rik Lander
Simply Media
2010Jean/Spinster
Theatre
The Forbidden Tree (staged reading)
Scott Le Crass
Roger Mayhew Plays
Old Red Lion
2010Elspeth/ 1940s Heiress (Lead)
Workshops
Stanville Beast
Ruth Torjussen
Film Directing 4 Women
2010O2 customer
Online / Digital
O2 Fan Film
Jim Owen
BDC
Bread n Honey, EC1
2010Featured party-goer
Commercial
Heineken
Matt Kirkby
RSA
2009Caroline/Yummy Mummy patient
Online / Digital
Bausch & Lomb Interactive Training Video
Bo Channon
Tinopolis Ltd
2009Shirley (one-woman show)
Theatre
Shirley Valentine
Ronan Wilmot
The New Theatre
Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork
2009Woman dancing round handbag
Theatre
Handbag
Geraldine Pilgrim
Corridor
BAC
2009Shirley (one-woman show)
Theatre
Shirley Valentine
Ronan Wilmot
The New Theatre
Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wexford
2009Kirsty/Quality Control Manager
Online / Digital
Learn Direct Interactive Training Video
Bo Channon
Tinopolis Ltd
Tinopolis Interactive
2009Animated corpse
Theatre
Between the Quick and the Dead: Quartet
Jon Lee
Dirty Market Theatre Company
Bonnie Bird Theatre
2009Featured chef
Commercial
Sainsbury's Jamie Oliver Burger Campaign
Jonny Campbell
Mustard Films/ITV
2009Voice of decaying house/war torn East Europe
Voiceover
Traces
Zlatko Pranjic
Aleksandar Nikolic Productions
2009Mother/Dominatrix madam
Theatre
Roberto Zucco
Jon Lee
City Lit Rep Theatre Company
John Lyon Hall
2008Woman visiting NT site
Still Photos
National Trust
Stuart Cox
Diffused Productions
Sheffield Park, Uckfield
2008Featured runner
Commercial
Ladbrokes Poker Millions (Seat Scramble)
Diamond Bullet
Tomboy Films Ltd
2008Corporate spokeswoman (Lead)
Online / Digital
Cancer Research UK (Breast Awareness Campaign) Award-winning:U-Talk Marketing WINNER Best Viral Campaign
Susannah Hayes
Ferocious Films
Camden Studios
2008Business Woman
Corporate
Accenture Promotional Pilot
Nick Francis
Casual Films
2008Janet/Working class mother
Corporate
The Environment Agency
Simon Sharp
The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
2008Virginia Woolf (Lead)
Theatre
Virginia Woolf Gets a Makeover
Steve Harris
Turning Point
The Kings Head Theatre, Islington
2008Amelia Earhart/American pilot
Workshops
Lone Flyers (Amy Johnson project)
Marc Day
Millfield Theatre
Millfield Theatre
2008Nellie/Eldery Irish woman (one woman radio play)
Rehearsed Reading
Two Hands Higher Than a Duck
Hannah Kelly/David Richard Fox
Player Playwrights
2007Shirley (one woman show)
Theatre (Tour)
Shirley Valentine
Ronan Wilmot
The New Theatre, Dublin & tour of Ireland
2007Russian Doll Mother
TV
Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story
Andy de Emmony
BBC
2007The Mother/1950s Matriarch
Rehearsed Reading
Talking To Strangers
Tommy Kearney
Scouse Productions
2007Office worker (Lead)
Film (Short)
Postponing The Inevitable
Noam Toran
Wellcome Trust Film Commission
2006Amanda
Rehearsed Reading
The Man With No Ties
Peter Briffa
Player Playwrights
2006Graphic Designer
Film (Short)
Yesterday's Future Now
Michael Jones
Slade/Economist
2005Beth (Lead)
Theatre
Landscape
Joanna Ecklund
Finborough Theatre
2004Tracie/Lea/Betty
Workshops
She
Vanessa Mildenberg
RADA
Oval House
2004Baby Devious/Eve
Rehearsed Reading
Lucifer: A Love Story
Jim Kenworth
Script Tank
2004Carol (Lead)
Theatre (Tour)
Girls Night
Mark Randle
Goodnights Entertainment
UK National Tour
2003Matt's Wife/Belfast housewife
TV
Holy Cross
Mark Brozel
BBC
2003Carol (Lead)
Theatre (Tour)
Girls Night
Mark Randle
Goodnights Entertainment
UK National Tour
2003Kate (Lead)
Theatre (Tour)
Taming of The Shrew
Bruce Strachan
Black Box Theatre Company
1999Rachel (Chorus)
Theatre
Tobias and the Angel
Jonathan Dove
Almeida Theatre
1997Waitress
Film (Feature)
Table 5
Elliot Grove
Raindance Film Festival
1994Therese (Lead)
Theatre
Therese Desqueyroux
Kate Brooke
Antic Hay
1994Gerda (Lead)
Theatre
The Snow Queen
Nona Shepphard
Theatre Centre
1994Mary Magdalene
Theatre
Magdala (one-woman show)
Bill Weisner
NSS Productions
1993Betty (Lead)
Theatre
Beneath the Waves
Ivan Cuttings
Eastern Angles Theatre Company
1993Helena
Theatre
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Tom Scott
Eye Theatre
1992Sue (u/s)
Theatre
Raving Beauties
Bob Tomson
Liverpool Playhouse
1991Waitress
TV
Brookside
Misha Williams
Channel 4
1988Liz (Lead)
Theatre
Between the Lines
Andy Jordan
Bristol Express Theatre Company
1988James
Theatre
James and the Giant Peach
Andy Graham
Snap Theatre Company (No 1 tour)
1985Dull Gret/Nell/Janine
Theatre
Top Girls
Nesta Jones
NXT (Goldsmiths College)
Tour of Eastern Europe (inc: Berliner Ensemble)
1982Janet Dean (Eps 2)
TV
Boys from the Blackstuff
Philip Saville
BBC
1982Girl in shelter and cast
Theatre
City Echoes
Andy Jordan
Liverpool Playhouse
1980Donabella and cast
Theatre
The Warp
Ken Campbell
Liverpool Playhouse
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2017MA Applied TheatreRoyal Central School of Speech & Drama
    2011Acting for CameraActors Guild
    2009Science of Screen ActingZoe Nathenson
    1988Post Graduate Acting CourseThe Actors Company, Arts Educational Schools
    1986BA Hons Drama & English (2:1)London University Goldsmiths College

    Additional Skills

    MA in Applied Theatre Central School of Speech & Drama (2017)

    Theatre practitioner/director and theatremaker

    Working with:

    Primary/Junior age children

    Teenagers & Adults

    Adults with special needs/learning difficulties

    Mental Health Service Users

    Young Offenders

    Adults in recovery

    Adults with Dementia

    Women on parole

    Adults in the CJS

    CV & referees available on request

    Enhanced DBS check (2018)

    Additional Information

    Kat in Andy Blackburn's improvised feature film BEING NICE (2014) 'Kat plays a key role in Jen's maturation here, with her insights and advice on Jen's personal and career situations and decisions. Hollinshead deserves kudos for the strength of her supporting work here -- she causes the viewer to wish that he or she also had a boss like Kat...' Movie Pilot, 2014

    CHRISTMAS CAROL/GIANT OLIVE (2010/11)

    ...under the clever direction of Ray Shell the pace is fast and this allows the comedy to show through. Becky Pennick as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Nicola Hollinshead in the dual roles of Mrs Cratchit and the charwoman are both excellent...

    SHIRLEY VALENTINE (Willy Russell's one-woman show) New Theatre Dublin & tour of Ireland 2007-9

    ...'Nicola Hollinshead, directed by Ronan Wilmot, gives the performance of any actor's life, seducing the audience from the start with a highly individual blend of character, comic observation and self-analysis. The process is called acting and it is a delight to experience here'..Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times, Aug 6 2007

    'You will rarely see a better solo performance than Nicola Hollinshead gives in this very funny, beautifully observed and occasionally moving one-woman play by Willy Russell'. Hollinshead loses nothing in comparison with the original screen Shirley Pauline Collins. She can illuminate a story with the simplest gesture as she physically becomes Shirley Valentine'.... *****Michael Moffatt, The Irish Mail on Sunday, July 29 2007

    ...'On a barely set stage, Hollinshead takes on this epic struggle for freedom with gusto...and ensures we feel the full gamut of Shirley's emotional life: the painful ennui of urban existence; the raw humour derived from the urgency to 'get through'; the joy and simplicity of finding a happy life'...****Stephen Mulkearn, Irish Metro, Aug 1 2007 '.

    ...and Hollinshead is compelling, despite the familiarity of the material. She has a sure grip on Shirley's feisty, self-deprecating persona, and convincingly segues between coarse humour and touching pathos, giving voice to Russell's poetry of the venacular...Declan Burke, Irish Sunday Times, July 29 2007

    THERESE DESQUEYROUX (Critics Choice, Time Out)

    'This lyrical adaptation was a delight to watch. Niki Hollinshead combines fascination with horror as we watch her frustration with social convention and backwater mediocrity take a devastating form of rebellion'. Strong performances and keen directing by Kate Brooke make this a most memorable evening.(Nicola Venning, The Stage)

    'Therese Desqueyroux is ferocious and furious. She attempts to poison her husband to free herself from her repressive marriage and the world she is at odds with. Antic Hay's production focuses on Therese's struggles within the patriarchal world of 19th century Paris. At its centre is a complex and frightening performance by Niki Hollinshead who gives Therese grace, power and integrity' . A thoughtful, engaging and achingly beautiful show.(Steven Canny, Big Issue)

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM "a superb foil as a feisty Helena" (Hugh Homan, The Stage)

    THE ROVER "amongst my favourites were the seductive but hard hitting Florinda".. NXT TC (Tom Vaughan, Morning Star)

    About me

    Nicola started her professional work at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre with the late, great, maverick theatre director Ken Campbell in THE WARP. First television appearance in Alan Bleasedale's award-winning TV series- BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF (Janet Dean - 'Moonlighter', Episode 2).

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Accents (International)
    • French
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Modelling
    • Music Videos
    • Panto
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    Interested in
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Modelling
    • Music Videos
    • Panto
    • Presenting
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Teaching Theatre
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • French
    Accents (UK)
    • Cockney
    • Lancashire
    • Liverpool
    • London
    • Northern England
    • RP
    • South London
    • Yorkshire
    Accents (North American)
    • General American
    • New York City
    Hair Length
    • Shoulder Length
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Mezzo-Soprano
    Perform nude?
    • Only Professionally
    Organisation Memberships
    • Equity
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Advanced
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Character Types
    • Intellectual
    • Posh
    • Professional
    • Villainous