Lesley Nicol (actress)

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Lesley Nicol
Lesley Nicol - November 2014 (cropped).jpg
Nicol in November 2014
Born (1953-08-07) 7 August 1953 (age 67)
Manchester, England
Other namesLeslie Nicol
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama
Years active1982–present
Known forBeryl Patmore in Downton Abbey
AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2012, 2014–2015

Lesley Nicol (born 7 August 1953 in Manchester[1]) 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.

Nicol graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in the early 1970s.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
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)


  1. ^ Watts, Halina (21 June 2014). "Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol on how she never follows the rules". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved 12 March 2015. At 61, ....
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 December 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
  4. ^ "Who Is Oscar's New Assistant Margaret on 'The Odd Couple'?". 2paragraphs.com. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  5. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth; Wagmeister, Elizabeth (13 April 2016). "'Downton Abbey' Star Lesley Nicol Joins ABC's 'The Catch'".
  6. ^ "Official Mark Mueller Website – Songwriter of Crush & DuckTales Theme". markmueller.

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