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Fact File

➤ Soap star Ni­cola’s big break came in 1993 when she was cast as Deb­bie Bates in EastEn­ders. She re­mained in the soap un­til 1995, when her char­ac­ter was killed in a hit-and-run.

➤ Boozy floozie From 1998 to 2005, Ni­cola played blus­tery Cat

Fam­ily Af­fairs. Matthews in Chan­nel 5’s

➤ Other roles Ni­cola starred in the 2010 movie Made in Da­gen­ham and has had guest roles in TV shows, in­clud­ing Doc Martin, New Tricks and Wa­ter­loo Road.

Ni­cola stars in BBC2’s four-part thriller Col­lat­eral (see fea­ture on page 14) in which the mur­der of a pizza-de­liv­ery driver sets off a chain of events that af­fects sev­eral mem­bers of a Lon­don com­mu­nity. Ni­cola plays Alice Stone, the se­ri­ously ill mother of Lau­rie (Hay­ley Squires), the man­ager of the take­away shop where the mur­der vic­tim worked. Po­lice sus­pect Lau­rie knows more than she’s let­ting on about the crime, but with her mum’s health to think about she doesn’t want to get in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion...

Wor­ried… Ni­cola as Alice




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