Phoebe Sarah Nicholls (born 1957) 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.
Phoebe Sarah Nicholls
1957 (age 61–62)
Charles Sturridge (m. 1985)
|Children||3, including Tom and Matilda Sturridge|
|Relatives||Horace Nicholls (grandfather)|
Nicholls is the daughter of actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Nicholls married director Charles Sturridge on 6 July 1985; they have two sons, including actor Tom Sturridge, and a daughter. Her grandfather is photojournalist Horace Nicholls.
As a child actress in several films she was billed as Sarah Nicholls. In her early 20s, she appeared in David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), Richard Loncraine's The Missionary (1982) and as Cordelia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited (1981). Since then, she has worked almost exclusively in television and theatre. Cast in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's original staging of Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 1978, she later performed 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. 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 National Theatre production of the Howard Barker drama, Scenes from an Execution.
Nicholls appeared in the BBC film Persuasion (1995), 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, 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, the 1997 film Fairy Tale: A True Story and Shackleton in 2002.
|1964||The Pumpkin Eater||Elizabeth|
|1965||Dr. Terror's House of Horrors||Carol Rogers||Segment: "Creeping Vine"|
|1967||Our Mother's House||Gerty|
|1969||Women in Love||Winifred Crich||billed as Sarah Nicholls|
|1982||The Missionary||Deborah Fitzbanks|
|1984||Ordeal by Innocence||Tina Argyle|
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Polly Wright|
|2016||Three Women Wait for Death||Miranda||Short|
|2016||Chubby Funny||Aunty Jane|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Aunt Helen|
|2017||Finding Your Feet||Janet|
|1975||Prometheus: The Life of Balzac||Augustine de Berny||"Apprenticeship of a Genius"|
|1977||Van der Valk||Treesje||"Gold Plated Delinquents"|
|1979||Bless Me, Father||Nurse Owen||"Father Neil's First Miracle", "The Heart of a Curate"|
|1979||Secret Orchards||Stella||TV film|
|1980||BBC2 Playhouse||Geraldine||"Hesther for Example"|
|1980||Blade on the Feather||Christabel Cavendish||TV film|
|1981||Brideshead Revisited||Cordelia Flyte||TV miniseries|
|1982||Tales of the Unexpected||Carol||"A Harmless Vanity"|
|1983||All for Love||Christine||"To the Camp and Back"|
|1984||Hay Fever||Sorel Bliss||TV film|
|1985||Screen Two||Louie Jermy||"Poppyland"|
|1990||Screen Two||Sarah||"Drowning in the Shallow End"|
|1993||Heart of Darkness||The Intended||TV film|
|1995||Kavanagh QC||Jackie Jarvis||"Heartland"|
|1995||Screen Two||Elizabeth Elliot||"Persuasion"|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Empress of Lilliput||"1.1"|
|1997||The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||May Thrace||"May and June: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1999||Second Sight||Judith Bendrix||TV film|
|2002||Shackleton||Emily Shackleton||TV miniseries|
|2002||I'm Alan Partridge||Karen Colman||"Bravealan"|
|2003||Midsomer Murders||Laura Smythe-Webster||"A Tale of Two Hamlets"|
|2003||Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness||Shaw||"Part 2"|
|2003||Foyle's War||Amanda Reece||"The Funk Hole"|
|2004||Hawking||Isobel Hawking||TV film|
|2004||The Brief||Sally Graydon||"Children"|
|2007||The Trial of Tony Blair||Cherie Blair||TV film|
|2007||All About Me||Helen Conroy||TV film|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Natasha||TV film|
|2010||The Road to Coronation Street||Mrs. Simpson||TV film|
|2012||Loving Miss Hatto||Mrs. Hatto||TV film|
|2012-2014||Downton Abbey||Susan MacClare||"A Journey to the Highlands", "5.8"|
|2013||New Tricks||Annie Banks||"The One That Got Away"|
|2015||Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell||Mrs. Wintertowne||"The Friends of English Magic", "How Is Lady Pole?"|
|2016||Doctor Thorne||Countess de Courcy||"1.1", "1.2", "1.3"|
- 1978: Whose Life Is It Anyway?
- 1981: The Cherry Orchard
- 1983: The Beautiful Part of Myself
- 1984: Pravda
- 1985: The Seagull
- 1991: Three Sisters
- 1993: An Inspector Calls
- 1993: Hysteria
- 1994: Rutherford & Son
- 1997: Dona Rosita the Spinster
- 2005: Three Women and a Piano Tuner
- 2007: The Vortex
- 2008: Waste
- 2009: When the Rain Stops Falling
- 2012: Scenes from an Execution
- "Oroonoko Productions Limited". UK: Dellam Corporate Information Limited. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- McFarlane, Brian, ed. (2016). "Nicholls, Anthony". The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. UK: Manchester University Press. p. 1,975.
- "SonyPictures.com". Sony Pictures Classic: Phoebe Nicholls. Archived from the original on 1 April 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
- "Charles Sturridge Biography (1951-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
- Ellen, Barbara (3 July 2016). "Tom Sturridge: 'If I'd been a parent to myself, I would have been scared'". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- Buckland, Gail; Horace Walter Nicholls (1989). The golden summer: the Edwardian photographs of Horace W. Nicholls. Pavilion. p. 114.
- "Phoebe Nicholls". AllMovie.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
- "[Untitled cast biography page]". FairyTale: A True Story official site (Paramount Pictures). Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2007. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: