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|Born||1959 (age 59–60)|
Launceston, Cornwall, England
|Occupation||Film and television director|
Cole began his career in the 1980s, directing current affairs shows and documentaries for Central Independent Television. Into the 1990s, Cole co-wrote the play Sod with Arthur Smith, which he also directed and presented at the Pleasance during the 1993 Edinburgh Festival. Cole has also directed episodes of Peak Practice and Cold Feet for television. He also directed many episodes of the British television show Doc Martin and is lined up to direct the coming season. He has also directed Saving Grace, Calendar Girls and A Lot Like Love for cinema.
Saving Grace won the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and gained him a nomination for Best Director at that year's British Independent Film Awards. Made in Dagenham received a BAFTA nomination as Best British Film and a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy.
Cole and actress Kate Isitt have two children. Their daughter, Matilda Cole, who usually goes by Tilly or Matt, has a small acting career and has appeared in lots of her father's work. She was born in 2002.
- Sally Wainwright (writer), Nigel Cole (director), Karen Lewis (producer) (28 December 2014). "Episode 1". Last Tango in Halifax. Series 3. Episode 1. BBC One.
- Sally Wainwright (writer), Nigel Cole (director), Karen Lewis (producer) (4 January 2014). "Episode 2". Last Tango in Halifax. Series 3. Episode 2. BBC One.
- Sally Wainwright (writer), Nigel Cole (director), Karen Lewis (producer) (11 January 2014). "Episode 3". Last Tango in Halifax. Series 3. Episode 3. BBC One.