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|Born||Nicola Jane Bryant
11 October 1960
Guildford, Surrey, England
|Spouse(s)||Scott Kennedy (divorced)|
Nicola Jane Bryant (born 11 October 1960, Guildford, Surrey) is an English actress known for her role as Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown, a companion of the Doctor in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1984 to 1986.
Bryant grew up in a small village near Guildford in Surrey, the older of two daughters of Sheila and Denis Bryant. Beginning dance classes at the age of three, Bryant also began to learn the piano. At the age of ten she auditioned to go to ballet schools, but was unable to take up places offered because of asthma. Upset by this development, she joined a local amateur dramatic group. On leaving school, she auditioned for all of the London drama schools and took up a scholarship to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In her final year there, she played the part of Nanette in a production of the musical No, No, Nanette.
Bryant's first professional part was as Peri Brown in Doctor Who. She played the part from 1984 to 1986, first with Peter Davison, and then with Colin Baker as the Doctor. Bryant's tenure on the show was met with raised eyebrows in some quarters as series producer John Nathan-Turner admitted (in his book Doctor Who: The Companions and elsewhere) that his intention was to pump up the sex appeal of the ageing series by casting the young actress who was often seen wearing low-cut outfits in the show. Her character was American and for a while a publicity-driven fiction was maintained suggesting Bryant was also American, something Bryant had herself claimed in press interviews when she landed the part. During her final season on Doctor Who, the actress was allowed to dress more conservatively on the show.
Bryant appeared in the Doctor Who serial "The Two Doctors," (1985), and she enjoyed working with Patrick Troughton, who returned as the Second Doctor. During the programme's hiatus during 1985 and 1986, Bryant reprised the role of Peri in a BBC radio production entitled Slipback alongside Baker.
After appearing in Doctor Who, Bryant spent nine months at the Savoy Theatre in the West End of London in the thriller Killing Jessica with Patrick Macnee, directed by Bryan Forbes. She was cast in other television roles, including a part in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988). In the early-mid-1990s, she co-starred with Baker in a series of made-for-video science fiction films entitled The Stranger for BBV, although the first few films in the series were little more than Doctor Who episodes in disguise. She also appeared alongside Baker, Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Jon Pertwee in another BBV production, The Airzone Solution which is notable as it includes a love scene between Baker and Bryant.
Bryant reprised the role of Peri in several of the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who spin-off audio plays. She has appeared with both Peter Davison and Colin Baker in these. She also directed UNIT: The Wasting and Judge Dredd: 99 Code Red!.
In February 2006, she performed in a New End Theatre production of the Carl Djerassi play Taboos, and in early 2007 appeared in a London stage production of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Duke of York's Theatre. A DVD documentary, "In The Footsteps of The Two Doctors", following Bryant's return to some of the locations featured in the Doctor Who serial The Two Doctors was released in late 2006.
In the summer of 2009 Bryant filmed an improvised documentary style film for Australian director Ben Briand for the European arm of a travel company as well as recording eight stories for a missing season of audio adventures for Big Finish's range of Doctor Who CDs. On 2 March 2010 she appeared in Holby City as a television news reporter. In 2011, she featured in the Dark Shadows audio drama The Blind Painter.
It was while Bryant was at drama school that she married American Broadway singer Scott Kennedy, but the couple later separated. Bryant is in a relationship with Dead Ringers writer (and Doctor Who fan) Nev Fountain.
- Ms Nicola Jane Bryant company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- England & Wales Birth Index. Ancestry.co.uk.
- Nicola Bryant biography at nicolabryant.net
- "Look! It's Doctor Who star Nicola - and the fans are flocking to see her". West Sussex Gazette. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- Doc Oho interview with Nev Fountain, june 2012
- Nicola Bryant at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Nicola Bryant at shillpages.com/dw (Doctor Who Image Archive)
- Nicola Bryant on Twitter