Kimberley Nixon (born 24 September 1985) is a Welsh actor. Nixon is known for her role as Sophy Hutton in the BBC One period drama Cranford and various films such as Wild Child and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. More recently she has starred as Josie Jones in the Channel 4 comedy-drama Fresh Meat and as Sarah Pearson in the BBC Two comedy Hebburn.

Kimberley Nixon
Born (1985-09-24) 24 September 1985 (age 34)
Alma materRoyal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Years active2007–present
Home townPontypridd, Wales
TelevisionFresh Meat

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Bristol to Welsh parents, Nixon and her six brothers were raised in Pontypridd, Wales, where she attended Coedylan Comprehensive School, now known as Pontypridd High School.[1][2][3]

After high school, Nixon trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff alongside Tom Cullen and Aneurin Barnard. Before her graduation in 2007, she signed to Universal Studios after appearing in a college production of The Comedy of Errors.[4][5] She is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Wales.[5]


Television and film careerEdit

Nixon's career began in autumn 2007, when she starred as the motherless Sophy Hutton in the BBC One costume drama series Cranford, opposite Dame Judi Dench. In 2008, she had supporting roles in the films Wild Child and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

Nixon appeared in Easy Virtue[6] and played one of the leads in Cherrybomb opposite Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan, before starring in Black Death. In 2011, Nixon played Josie in the Channel 4 TV comedy-drama series Fresh Meat, and starred alongside Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough and Iwan Rheon in Resistance, an adaptation of an Owen Sheers novel, which was released in the UK in November 2011.

Nixon appeared in the musical film Hunky Dory, which is set in 1976 Swansea, with Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard and George MacKay, directed by Marc Evans.[7] The film premièred at the 55th BFI London Film Festival on 25 October 2011, and was released officially on 2 March 2012 in the UK.

Nixon starred alongside Jaime Winstone and Aneurin Barnard in Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons, a horror film about an aspiring teen detective who stumbles into her first real case when investigating the mysterious new family, the Gammons, in her neighbourhood. The film was released on 20 April 2012.[8]

In 2012, Nixon starred in the movie Offender, a thriller about a man who sets up his own imprisonment in order to avenge the assault of his girlfriend.[9] She also had leading roles in the ITV drama series "Kidnap and Ransom" and the BBC Two comedy-drama series Hebburn, alongside Chris Ramsey[10] and Vic Reeves.[11] The sitcom is written by stand-up comic Jason Cook and is based on his experiences of growing up in the north-east of England.[12]

In June 2013, Nixon starred in "Greenshaw's Folly" in the sixth series of ITV's Agatha Christie's Marple, with Matt Willis, Fiona Shaw, Julia Sawalha, Vic Reeves and Martin Compston.[13]

She starred in the 2014 BBC One Wales television remake of Dylan Thomas' radio drama Under Milk Wood as Myfanwy Price.[14]

She also starred in the Playhouse Presents one-off episode The Dog Thrower, with Matthew Perry and Tim Key, which aired on 1 May 2014 on Sky Arts.[15]

Nixon starred in the medical drama Critical, with Lennie James, Emma Fryer and Paul Bazely, that debuted on Sky 1 on 24 February 2015.[16] She also starred in a Welsh thriller titled Kingdom of Rain, with Julian Lewis Jones and Robert Kazinsky.[17] She recently took a lead role in the 3rd Season of outlander.

Theatre careerEdit

In September 2008, she made her stage debut as Griet in a tour and London run of an adaptation of Girl with a Pearl Earring.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Nixon is a supporter of Humanists UK.[19]


Year Title Role
2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Lindsay
Wild Child Kate
Easy Virtue Hilda Whittaker
2009 Cherrybomb Michelle
2010 Black Death Averill
2011 Hunky Dory Vicki Munro
Resistance Bethan
2012 Elfie Hopkins Pippa
Offender Elise
2014 Kingdom of Rain Cerys
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cranford Sophy Hutton 5 episodes
2010 Agatha Christie's Poirot Egg Episode: "Three Act Tragedy"
Law & Order: UK Sally Series 3, Episode 6
2011 Midsomer Murders Cloud Series 13, Episode 8
2011–2016 Fresh Meat Josephine "Josie" Jones Main role, 30 episodes
2012 Kidnap and Ransom Florence Holland Series 2
2012–2013 Hebburn Sarah Pearson Main role, 2 seasons
2013 Marple Louisa Oxley Episode: "Greenshaw's Folly"
2013–present The Call Centre Narrator
2014 Under Milk Wood Myfanwy Price TV movie
2015 Critical Doctor Angharad 'Harry' Bennett-Edwards Main role, 9 episodes
2015 Celebrity Mastermind Herself Series 14 episode 6 winner
2016 New Blood Alison White Main role, 7 episodes
2016 Ordinary Lies Holly Pryce series 2
2017 Outlander Millie Nelson Season 3, Episode 1
2017 Murder on the Blackpool Express Laura Bishop TV movie
2018 Nige Michelle TV movie
2019 Death in Paradise Catrina McVey Series 8, Episode 3
2019 The Left Behind Hannah One-off special


  1. ^ "Chit Chatting with Kimberley Nixon". magazine. Relate. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Welsh actress Kimberley Nixon lands a second series of cult sitcom Fresh Meat". North Wales Daily Post. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Kimberley joins who's who of Who hopefuls". Western Mail. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Kimberely's all set for stardom!". Western Mail.
  5. ^ a b "Graduation and Honorary Fellows 2007". Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 6 July 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  6. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (17 January 2008). "Elliott takes on 'Easy Virtue'". Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  7. ^ "It's All Hunky Dory as Graduates Come Home". Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Elfie Hopkins Cast List". Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Im Global Pacts With Edgy Brit Producer". Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  10. ^ "South Shields Comic Chris Ramsey Swaps Roles In New Sitcom 'Hebburn'". Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Vic Reeves, Kimberley Nixon for BBC Two comedy 'Hebburn'". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  12. ^ Dipper, Andrew (2 September 2012). "Interview: Hebburn creator Jason Cook". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  13. ^ "'Marple': New ITV film casts Matt Willis, Kimberley Nixon, Vic Reeves". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  14. ^ "What some of you had to say about Under Milk Wood on the BBC last night". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Watch: Friends star Matthew Perry goes to the dogs with Welsh actress". Wales Online. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Critical: Every second counts as Lennie James leads ground-breaking Sky1-HD medical drama". Sky. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Kingdom of Rain". IMDb. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Kimberley Nixon On ... Playing Vermeer's Girl". WhatsOnStage. 29 September 2008.
  19. ^ "Kimberley Nixon: Actress and distinguished supporter of Humanism". British Humanist Association. Retrieved 31 August 2013.

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