Phoebe Nicholls

Born Apr 7, 1957

Phoebe Nicholls 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.

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  • Sienna Miller & Tom Sturridge Step Out After Tony Awards
    Just Jared - Jun 14, 2013
  • On The London Stage; In London, A Season Of Surprises
    NYTimes - Jun 03, 2009
  • Film; Revisiting 'brideshead Revisited'
    NYTimes - Jul 20, 2008
  • What's On Tonight
    NYTimes - Aug 11, 2005


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Phoebe Nicholls.


1957 Birth Born in 1957.


1978 21 Years Old 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 and in the Olivier Award-winning productions of Pravda, with The Elephant Man co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins and Terry Johnson's Hysteria.
1985 28 Years Old Nicholls trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Nicholls married Brideshead Revisited director Charles Sturridge on 6 July 1985; they have two sons and a daughter. … Read More


1995 38 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared in the 1995 television Persuasion an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.


2008 51 Years Old 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. … Read More
2012 55 Years Old 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.
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