Lesley Nicol (actress)
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Nicol in November 2014
|Born||7 August 1953|
|Other names||Leslie Nicol|
|Education||Guildhall School of Music and Drama|
|Known for||Beryl Patmore in Downton Abbey|
|Awards||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2012, 2014–2015|
Lesley Nicol (born 7 August 1953 in Manchester) is an English actress and three-time SAG Award winner who is known for her starring role as Beryl Patmore in the ITV and PBS drama TV series Downton Abbey.
She is also known for her roles as Mrs. Beaver in the 1988 BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Queen Giant in The Silver Chair (1990) and as Henrietta Beecham in the 2019 ITV historical drama Beecham House.
On stage, Nicol appeared as Rosie in the second and third years of the original West End production of the international hit musical Mamma Mia! from 2000 to 2002. She also starred as Auntie Annie in East is East at London's Royal Court Theatre, and later reprised her role in the hugely popular BAFTA Best British Film of 1999 award-winning version of the play, also titled East Is East. Subsequently, she appeared in the film sequel, West is West.
Nicol has guest-starred on numerous British and American TV series. She made a guest appearance on an episode of The CW's Supernatural, playing a German child-eating witch. She also appeared as a guest star on CBS-TV's reboot of The Odd Couple and multiple episodes of ABC-TV's The Catch, in a recurring role playing the matriarch of a vicious London gangland family.
Nicol wrote an original musical about her life with pop songwriter Mark Mueller. Its first performance was given by Nicol and Mueller in 2017 at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her alma mater, followed by a show in Hong Kong at that city's historic Fringe Club theater.
|1985||The Practice||Jan Metcalfe||TV series (13 episodes)|
|1986||Blackadder II||Mrs. Pants||TV series (1 episode: "Money")|
|1987||Comeback||Bossy Boots||TV film|
|Brookside||Shelley Rimmer||TV series (1 episode: "Give Us a Clue")|
|1988||The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Mrs. Beaver||TV series (5 episodes)|
|1989||Bradley||Nicole||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.3")|
|The Nineteenth Hole||Mrs. Anderton||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.3")|
|Alexei Sayle's Stuff||TV series (1 episode: "Whistling Calculus for Tax Purposes")|
|4 Play||Janet Holmes||TV series (1 episode: "Dawn and the Candidate")|
|1990||The Silver Chair||Giant Queen||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1991||Waterfront Beat||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Paul Merton: The Series||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.4")|
|The Bill||Various||TV series (3 episodes: 1991–2008)|
|1994||Three Seven Eleven||Mrs. Pudsey||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Casualty||Jayne Bowen||TV series (1 episode: "Chasing the Dragon")|
|Heartbeat||Various||TV series (5 episodes: 1994–2008)|
|1995||Castles||Gilian||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.6")|
|New Voices||Joan||TV series (1 episode: "Grimm")|
|1996||Peak Practice||Sally Buxton||TV series (1 episode: "Partners")|
|1998||The Grand||Mrs. Morris||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 2.10")|
|Dinnerladies||Woman Worker||TV series (1 episode: "Royals")|
|1999||East Is East||Auntie Annie|
|Extremely Dangerous||Gwenda Palmer||TV series (2 episodes)|
|A Touch of Frost||Mrs. Cockroft||TV series (2 episodes: 1999–2000)|
|2002||Holby City||Eileen McMahon||TV series (1 episode: "Taking Cover")|
|Doctors||Various||TV series (2 episodes: 2002–2009)|
|2004||The Last Detective||Stella Beauchamp||TV series (1 episode: "Benefit to Mankind")|
|Rose and Maloney||Headteacher||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.1")|
|The Courtroom||Brenda Rimmer||TV series (1 episode: "The Postman")|
|2005||Marple: A Murder Is Announced||Nurse McClelland||TV film|
|2006||Hotel Babylon||Mrs. Cord||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.4")|
|2007||Dead Clever: The Life and Crimes of Julie Bottomley||Jean||TV film|
|2008||Hancock and Joan||Nellie||TV film|
|Shameless||Belle||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 5.14")|
|2010||West is West||Auntie Annie|
|Downton Abbey||Mrs. Patmore||TV series (52 episodes: 2010–2015)|
|2013||Once Upon a Time||Johanna||TV series (1 episode: "The Queen Is Dead")|
|Free Birds||Pilgrim Woman||Voice only|
|Sarah & Duck||Scarf Lady (voice)||Recurring character|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Margaret||TV series (1 episode: The Christmas Episode. Season 6, episode 7)|
|2015||Supernatural||Katja||TV series (1 episode: "About a Boy"2015|
|2015||George Gently||Breath in the Air|
|2016||Goldie & Bear||Fairy Godmother (voice)||recurring role, credited as "Leslie Nicol"|
|The Catch||Sybil Griffiths||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Ghostbusters||Mrs. Potter||Deleted scene, available on the extended cut.|
|2017||The Tom and Jerry Show||Maid (voice)||TV series (1 episode: "Downton Tabby") credited as "Leslie Nicol"|
|2018||Summer Camp Island||Ramona (voice)||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2019||Beecham House||Henrietta Beecham||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2019||Downton Abbey||Mrs. Patmore|
|2020||The Boys||Connie Butcher||Amazon Original Series (1 Episode)|
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- Wagmeister, Elizabeth; Wagmeister, Elizabeth (13 April 2016). "'Downton Abbey' Star Lesley Nicol Joins ABC's 'The Catch'".
- "Official Mark Mueller Website – Songwriter of Crush & DuckTales Theme". markmueller.