Phoebe Nicholls

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Phoebe Nicholls
Born Sarah Phoebe Nicholls
(1957-04-07) 7 April 1957 (age 58)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964 – present
Spouse(s) Charles Sturridge (1985-)

Sarah Phoebe Nicholls[1] (born 7 April 1957[2][3]) is an English film, television and stage actress. She is known for her roles as Cordelia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited and as the mother of John Merrick in The Elephant Man.

Personal life[edit]

Nicholls trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[4] Nicholls married Brideshead Revisited director Charles Sturridge on 6 July 1985;[5] they have two sons and a daughter.[5]


As a child actress in several films she was billed as Sarah Nicholls, appearing alongside her father, mother and sister Kate in her earliest performances.[6] In her early 20s, she appeared in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, Michael Palin's The Missionary and most famously as Cordelia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. Since then, she has worked almost exclusively in television and theatre. Debuting in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's original staging of Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 1978, she went on to perform in Robert Strura's revival of Three Sisters with Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Daldry's acclaimed National Theatre version of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls[4] and in the Olivier Award-winning productions of Pravda, with The Elephant Man co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins and Terry Johnson's Hysteria.[7] Her supporting performances in the 2008 West End revivals of Noël Coward's The Vortex and Harley Granville Barker's Waste earned her the 2009 Clarence Derwent Award from Equity. She also played the conniving art critic Rivera in the Royal National Theatre production of the Howard Barker drama, Scenes from an Execution.

She appeared in the 1995 television Persuasion an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. She has made guest appearances on several television mystery series, including Kavanagh QC, Prime Suspect, Midsomer Murders, Lewis, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries ("May and June", 1997), Foyle's War, Second Sight starring Clive Owen, and the 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey (as the rather disagreeable Marchioness of Flintshire), a role she reprised for the 2014 season. She has also appeared in several works directed by her husband, Charles Sturridge, including his 1995 television adaptation of Gulliver's Travels, where she portrayed the Liliputian Empress, and the 1997 film Fairy Tale: A True Story.





  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian; Institute, British Film (2005). "The encyclopedia of British film". 
  2. ^ Professor Footprint. "Dellam Corporate Information Limited, England". 51.350638;-0.19093: Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "How we met". Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "". Sony Pictures Classic: Phoebe Nicholls. Retrieved 1 May 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Charles Sturridge Biography (1951-)". Retrieved 1 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Allmovie". Phoebe Nicholls. Retrieved 1 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "FairyTale: A True Story". Cast Bios Phoebe Nicholls. Retrieved 1 May 2007. [dead link]

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