Nia Roberts (actress)
Nia Roberts at the Odessa International Film Festival 2015
The youngest of three girls, Roberts was born and brought up in Brecon, Powys. Her first language is Welsh, and she attended Brecon's Welsh-medium primary school Ysgol-y-Bannau from 1975 to 1983. Her family were active members of the Brecon Little Theatre amateur dramatics group, and aged seven she first trod the boards. Five years later, she landed her first television role as the lead girl in "The Farm", a 30-minute Jackanory play for BBC1.
Roberts' big break came in 1998, when she appeared in Solomon a Gaenor opposite Ioan Gruffudd. With dialogue in Welsh and Yiddish, the movie won Best Film at the 2000 Verona Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 72nd Academy Awards.
Her subsequent Welsh-language credits include Fondue, Rhyw a Deinosors!, Newes of the Weeke, Y Palmant Aur, Glan Hafren, the long-running soap opera Pobol y Cwm, and S4C's gangster drama Y Pris. Roberts' English-language television credits include the comedy series Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible, the drama Border Café, and several single-episode appearances in prime-time British shows such as The Bill and Casualty.
Roberts has starred in two films directed by her husband, Marc Evans: Snow Cake (2006), a drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident; and Patagonia (2009), a drama set in Y Wladfa, Argentina. In 2009, Roberts also starred as registrar Mary Finch in Crash!, a hospital drama commissioned by BBC Wales and produced by Tony Jordan.
In 2010, Roberts guest-starred in the two-part Doctor Who Series 5 episode The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood. More big-screen productions followed: She appeared in Hattie Dalton's Third Star (2010) and in Vertigo Films' The Facility (2012), an atmospheric, micro-budget horror film about volunteers fighting for their lives after a drug trial goes wrong.
In 2014, Roberts appeared in the fourth episode of Y Gwyll (Hinterland), a highly acclaimed noir detective series shot in both Welsh and English.
|1999||Solomon & Gaenor||Gaenor Rees|
|2005||9 Steps to a New Start||Carolyne|
|2011||Little Munchkin||Mrs. Jones||Short|
|2011||Back of the Net!||Carys||Short|
|2013||Mr Torquay's Holiday||Sister (voice)||Short|
|2015||Under Milk Wood||Myfanwy Price|
|2018||Last Summer||Sandra Davies|
|2019||The Return of the Yuletide Kid||Philipa|
|1984||The Farm||Menna||TV film|
|1987||I Fro Breuddwydion||Jenny||TV film|
|1996–97||Y Palamant Aur||Martha Jenkins||TV series|
|2000||Border Café||Naomi||TV miniseries|
|2001||Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible||Rowan Latimer||Episode: "Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom"|
|2002||Outside the Rules||Carol Dysart||TV film|
|2002||The Bill||Sarah Jones||Episode: "027: Old Tricks"|
|2003||Casualty||Lizzie Peters||Episode: "The Point of No Return"|
|2003||The Welsh in Shakespeare||Various||TV film|
|2004–05||Holby City||Susan Curtis||Guest role (series 6–7)|
|2007||Y Pris||Kirsti O'Shea||Main role|
|2008||Midsomer Murders||Stacey Purdy||Episode: "Left for Dead"|
|2009||Hotel Babylon||Precious||Episode: "4.7"|
|2009||Collision||Linda Canwell||Episode: "1.4"|
|2009||Crash||Mary Finch||Episode: "1.6"|
|2010||Holby City||Jamie McPherson||Episode: "For the Greater Good"|
|2010||Doctor Who||Ambrose||Episodes: "The Hungry Earth", "Cold Blood"|
|2010||Pen Talar||Judith||Episodes: "1.7", "1.8"|
|2013||Playhouse Presents||Eleanor||Episode: "Gifted"|
|2013||Hinterland||Gwen Thomas||Episode: "1.4"|
|2014||Under Milk Wood||Rosie Probert||TV film|
|2015||35 Diwrnod||Claire||TV series|
|2016||Doctors||Abigail Price||Episode: "Eidolon"|
|2016||Rillington Place||Violet||Episode: "Tim"|
|2017||The White Princess||Kate Woodville||Episode: "Traitors"|
|2017||Bang||Linda Murray||Main role|
|2017||Keeping Faith||Saran James||Episodes: "1.2", "1.4"|
|2018||Hidden||Elin Jones||TV miniseries|
|2018||To Provide All People||Midwife||TV film|
- Official site
- "New Welsh drama to Crash onto our screens". Wales on Sunday. 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- Simpson, Rin (2009-07-19). "Having children doesn't stop you doing things". Wales Online. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
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