Nicole da Silva

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Nicole da Silva
Nicole da Silva 2013.jpg
Nicole da Silva in February 2013
Born Nicole da Silva
(1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 34)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Notable work Rush (2008–2011)
Wentworth (2013–present)

Nicole da Silva (born 18 September 1981) is an Australian actress. She is well known for her roles in Wentworth as Franky Doyle and in Southern Star’s AFI award winning drama Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino, for which she received continuous critical acclaim over the show's four-season run. Nicole also gained a Best Actress nomination at the Monte Carlo Television Awards for her role in Carla Cametti PD, as well as a Graham Kennedy Logie Award nomination for ‘Most Outstanding New Talent’ for her role as E.C in Dangerous. Other television roles include East West 101 and All Saints.

Nicole da Silva is also known for her theatre work, including Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre) and Behanding in Spokane (MTC). Other theatre work includes Queen C at Belvoir St Theatre, BC for The Hayloft Project ,and This is Our Youth.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Da Silva is of Portuguese ancestry; both her parents were from the Portuguese region of Algarve. She attended Girraween High School and studied dramatic arts at Theatre Nepean. Her fellow Theatre Nepean graduates include Joel Edgerton, David Wenham, and Yvonne Strahovski.[citation needed]


Da Silva commenced her acting career in 2005 when she received a recurring role in the medical drama series All Saints, as Sasha Fernandez. In 2007 and 2009, she appeared in leading roles in the short-lived drama series' Dangerous with Khan Chittenden and Brooke Satchwell, and in Carla Cametti PD, both of which consisted of one season. She received a Logie Award nomination in 2008 for her role in Dangerous. Da Silva was recognized for her role in the police drama series Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino, which played in all four seasons from 2008 until the show's cancellation in 2011. Her television guest roles include Home and Away[when?] and East West 101.[when?]

Da Silva is perhaps best known for her role in the SoHo television drama series Wentworth, a reimagining of the classic Network Ten series Prisoner (Prisoner: Cell Block H), which ran from 1979 to 1986. Da Silva portrays Franky Doyle (initially played by Carol Burns in Prisoner), a tough lesbian inmate of Wentworth Correctional Facility fighting for the position of top dog, until fellow inmate Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) takes her on in a fight in season two, forcing Franky to step down and proudly announce Bea as the new top dog. Da Silva earned an Astra Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female in 2013 for her portrayal of Franky.[citation needed]

In 2014, da Silva appeared in the feature film Drama.[citation needed]


Personal life[edit]

In February 2014 she was announced as the first National Champion of UN Women NC Australia.



Year Award Category TV Show Result
2008 Logie Award Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Dangerous Nominated
2014 ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Female) Wentworth Won


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