Nichola Burley

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Nichola Burley
Nichola Burley.jpg
Burley at the premiere of StreetDance 3D
Born Nichola Ann Burley
(1986-12-26) 26 December 1986 (age 31)
Harehills, Leeds, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Partner(s) Junior Brown

Nichola Ann Burley (born 26 December 1986) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in Born Equal, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Goldplated, Death Comes to Pemberley, Donkey Punch, and StreetDance 3D.[1]

Early life[edit]

A former pupil of Leeds' Intake High School, Bramley[2] Burley also attended the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the city[1] as well as spending 5 years at the Walton School of Theatre Dance.


Burley's acting career began in 2005 when she appeared as Michelle in the Dominic Savage film Love + Hate.[3]

She's had guest roles in The Ghost Squad, in November 2005, and Shameless in February 2006. In September 2006 Channel 4 show Goldplated debuted with Burley playing a main role in the ensemble cast.[4] Due to low ratings, a second season was never commissioned.[5]

In November 2006 she received fame for her role as Zoe, in Savage's improvised, one-off BBC drama Born Equal. The BBC described the show as one which "addresses social inequality in Britain today." Directed and written by Savage again, the film also starred Robert Carlyle, Anne-Marie Duff and Colin Firth. As part of her research for the show she travelled to meet young runaways in London.

She has also starred as Cathy McAleer in BBC Three show Drop Dead Gorgeous throughout its first series in 2006 and its second in 2007.

In 2010, she appeared in the dance film StreetDance 3D as the lead role alongside George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless. She portrays Isabella Linton in a 2011 film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. She appeared as Witney Whitehead in the BBC drama Candy Cabs which began on 5 April 2011. She also starred in one episode of crime drama Lewis on ITV 1.

Her stage credits include the title role in Bollywood Jane at the West Yorkshire Playhouse throughout June 2007[6] and Constanza in a Sheffield revival of Peter Schaffer's Amadeus.



Year Title Role
2005 Love + Hate Michelle
2008/2009 Donkey Punch Tammi
2009 Kicks Jasmine
2010 StreetDance 3D Carly
2010 SoulBoy Jane Rogers
2010 Edge Sophie
2011 Guarding Angel Angel
2011 Supermarket Girl Michelle
2011 Wuthering Heights Isabella Linton
2011 R Val
2012 Twenty8k Andrea Patterson
2012 Payback Season Lisa
2012 Jump Greta


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Ghost Squad Natalie Episode: "Heroes"
2006 Shameless Chloe Episode #3.6
2006 Goldplated Donna 8 episodes
2006 Born Equal Zoe
2006 Drop Dead Gorgeous Cathy McAleer 5 episodes
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Lizzie Episode #1.3
2009 Inspector George Gently Fawn Granger Episode: "Gently in the Night"
2009 The Fixer Savanna Ford 2 episodes
2011 Lewis Karen Wilde Episode: "The Mind Has Mountains"
2011 Candy Cabs Whitney Whiteburn / Witney Whitehead 3 episodes
2011 Scott & Bailey Hannah Conway Episode #1.3
2013 Southcliffe Sarah Gould 2 episodes
2013 The Syndicate Bethany 3 episodes
2013 Death Comes to Pemberley Louisa Bidwell
2015 Downton Abbey Rita Bevan 1 episode


  1. ^ a b Conway, Sean; "Interview: Nichola Burley" The Guardian, 3 February 2009 (Retrieved: 23 July 2009)
  2. ^ Escape to Bollywood BBC, 5 June 2007 (Retrieved: 23 July 2009)
  3. ^ "Profile: Love + Hatev (Retrieved: 23 July 2009)
  4. ^ Sawyer, Miranda; "Blondes as bold as brass", 24 September 2006 (Retrieved: 23 July 2009)
  5. ^ Busfield, Steve; "What now for Goldplated and Tripping Over?" The Guardian, 6 December 2006 (Retrieved: 23 July 2009)
  6. ^ Berry, Kevin; "Bollywood Jane" 7 June 2007 (Retrieved: 23 July 2009)

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