Nicola Pagett

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Nicola Pagett
Born Nicola Mary Scott
(1945-06-15) 15 June 1945 (age 73)
Cairo, Egypt
Spouse(s) Graham Swannell (divorced, 1998)

Nicola Pagett (born Nicola Mary Scott; 15 June 1945) is a British actress. She is known for her role as Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–73). Her film appearances include Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Operation Daybreak (1975), and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995).

Early life[edit]

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Nicola Pagett spent most of her childhood out of Britain — in Hong Kong, Cyprus and Japan, the family moving with her father who worked for a major oil company. She was educated at Saint Maur International School, in Yokohama, Japan, the oldest international school in Asia. In 1962 Nicola entered Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she studied for two years.[1]


In 1964 Nicola appeared in several productions with Worthing Repertory Company. Then her performance in the television play Girl in the Picture caught the attention of Sir Robert Helpmann who cast her to tour with Vivien Leigh in the stage play La Contessa.[1]

After starring as Florence Maybrick in an episode of Wicked Women she appeared as Elizabeth Bellamy in the British series Upstairs, Downstairs.

This was followed in 1975 by an appearance in the hard-hitting British television police drama, The Sweeney.[2]Pagett appeared in the episode Stoppo Driver in which she played the character of Sara Prince, part of a family of criminals involved in the kidnap of the wife of Detective Constable Brian Cooney, a Flying Squad driver.[3]

Pagett played the title role in a 1977 BBC adaptation of Anna Karenina and also gave a memorable performance in David Nobbs's TV series A Bit of a Do. She appeared in a variety of films including The Viking Queen (1967), Some Like It Sexy (1969), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), Operation Daybreak (1975), Oliver's Story (1978) and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995). She appeared in leading roles (as the young Irish bride Conor) in the 1980 Australian mini-series The Timeless Land[1] and in the 1994 to 1995 sitcom Ain't Misbehavin'. In May 1976 she was appearing as Bella Manningham in GASLIGHT at the Criterion Theatre, London, with Peter Vaughan and Anton Rodgers.


She was married to playwright Graham Swannell; the couple had a daughter, but they divorced in 1998.


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