Collateral BBC2 Monday 9.00pm
➤ 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