Nicole da Silva

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Nicole da Silva
Nicole da Silva 2013.jpg
Nicole da Silva in February 2013
Born Nicole da Silva
(1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 32)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Notable work(s) Rush (2008–2011)
Wentworth (2013–present)

Nicole da Silva (born 18 September 1981) is an Australian actress of Portuguese ancestry. Both her parents were from the Portuguese region of Algarve. She is well known for her roles on Wentworth as Franky Doyle and in Southern Star’s AFI award winning drama Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino for which she received continuous critical acclaim over the show's four-season run. Nicole also gained a Best Actress nomination at the Monte Carlo Television Awards for her role in Carla Cametti PD, as well as a Graham Kennedy Logie Award nomination for ‘Most Outstanding New Talent’ for her role as E.C in Dangerous. Other television roles include East West 101 and All Saints.

Nicole da Silva is also known for her theatre work including Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre), Behanding in Spokane (MTC). Other theatre work includes Queen C at Belvoir St Theatre, BC for The Hayloft Project and This is Our Youth.

Early life[edit]

Nicole da Silva attended high school at Girraween High School. Nicole studied dramatic arts at Theatre Nepean. Her fellow graduates include Joel Edgerton, David Wenham and Yvonne Strahovski.


da Silva commenced her acting career in 2005 when she received a recurring role in the medical drama series All Saints as Sasha Fernandez. In 2007 and 2009, she appeared in leading roles on the short-lived drama series' Dangerous with Khan Chittenden and Brooke Satchwell and Carla Cametti PD, both of which consisted of one season. She received a Logie Award nomination in 2008 for her role in Dangerous. da silva came into recognition for her role in the police drama series Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino; a role for which she appeared in all four seasons from 2008 up until its cancellation in 2011. da Silva is perhaps best known for her current role in the SoHo television drama series Wentworth, a reimagining of the classic Network Ten series Prisoner (Prisoner: Cell Block H) which ran from 1979 to 1986, in which she plays the role of Franky Doyle (initially played by Carol Burns in Prisoner), a tough lesbian inmate of Wentworth Correctional Facility, fighting for the position of top dog, until fellow inmate Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) takes her on in a fight in season two, therefore forcing Franky to step down and proudly announce Bea as the new top dog. da Silva earned an Astra Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female in 2013 for her portrayal of Franky.

Her television guest roles include Home and Away and East West 101. In 2014, da Silva will appear in the feature film Drama.

Personal Life[edit]

In February 2014 she was announced as the first National Champion of UN Women NC Australia. She has been linked with fellow Rush actor Ashley Zukerman


  • TV Series.:
Year TV Show Character Notes
2013 - now Wentworth Franky Doyle 22 episodes

ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Female) 2014

2008 – 2011 Rush [1] Stella Dagostino 70 episodes
2009 Carla Cametti PD Lisa Testro 6 episodes
2007 East West 101 Lily episode "Hunt for the Killer"
2007 Dangerous "EC" 8 episodes
2006 Home and Away Jane Sims episode # 1.4126
2005 All Saints Sasha Fernandez 11 episodes
  • Films.:
Year Film Character Noes
2008 The List next to Anthony Hayes & Justine Clarke
2006 Final Call Shop Girl next to Tony Barry & John Batchelor
  • Theatre.:
Year Production Character Director Theatre Notes
2012 Blood Wedding Wife Marion Potts Malthouse Theatre
2011 Behanding in Spokane Marilyn Peter Evans Melbourne Theatre Company
2010 BC Mary Simon Stone The Arts Centre Next to Ashley Zukerman, The Hayloft Project
2009 This Is Our Youth [2] Jessica Nicholas Pollock Inside Job Productions next to Ashley Zukerman & Ben Geurens
2008 Queen C Friend Kate Gaul Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney


Year Award Category TV Show Result
2008 Logie Award Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Dangerous Nominated
2014 ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Female) Wentworth Won


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