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Nicola Coughlan
Actor / Voice Over Artist 
: Oranmore, Galway


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Nicola originally hails from Galway in the west of Ireland where she has been acting since childhood. She made her on screen debut in the controversial short The Phantom Cnut (2004), directed by Tom Collins; director of the Oscar nominated Kings (2007). As a teenager she appeared in animated series such as The Fairytaler (2004), and the title role in France 3's The Little Vampire (2005).

Her work in voice-over lead her to voicing the lead role in 2008's Summer of the Flying Saucer with Robert Sheehan (Misfits).

From 2004-8 she studied for a degree in English and Classics at the National University of Ireland, Galway where she was heavily involved in both the musical and drama societies. It was here she competed in 'Acting Up' the National University Improvisation Competition where she was awarded the Outstanding Individual Performance Award by former head of the Irish Film Board Leila Doolin and eminent actor/director Alan Stanford.

Following university she gained a place at The Oxford School of Drama where she studied from 2008 to 2009.

She then went on to study at Birmingham School of Acting from 2010-2011 where she gained an MA Acting degree.

Here she worked the National Theatre and director Dan Bird on the 2010 'New Playwrights Workshop'.

She was also directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Vik Sivalingam in Caucasian Chalk Circle and Gemma Fairlie in the Mill on the Floss.

In the latter she played the young Maggie Tulliver at the Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, following this performance one reviewer commented: "Coughlan has the rare advantage of being able to play a vast age span of character...largely due to her small stature and dainty features(she)was able to play Maggie at aged nine years so convincingly well"

The Stage Newspaper nominated her as 'Expert Choice' following her graduation showcase in 2011, Susan Elkin commented; "Coughlan is very small in stature but uses her diminutiveness to striking effect. Her stage presence shone through in the monologue as Cheryl from Tony Greenís The Kindness of Strangers using her native Irish accent."

Training:
BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ACTING, MA Acting, 1 year, 2010 - 2011

THE OXFORD SCHOOL OF DRAMA, Foundation Course, 2008-2009
Hair Colour:  Blonde
Eye Colour: Blue
Height:  5'1''
Playing Range:  15 - 25
Awards:  Named 'Expert Choice/One to Watch' by The Stage Newspaper - 2011

"Outstanding Individual Performance Award" - National University Improvisation Competition 2008
Key Credits
2010 - Nikon - Tears | Lux
Laura Bellingham
2012 - Svengali | Club Girl
John Hardwick
2011 - Doctors- BBC | Marie Callaghan
Niall Fraser
2011 - Gummi T | Lottie
Michael Hegner
2011 - Thor - Legends of Valhalla | Edda
Oskar Johannson
2010 - Simsala Grimm | Various (Voice)
Moe Honan
2008 - Summer of the Flying Saucer | Janis (Voice)
Martin Duffy
2004 - The Phantom Cnut | Tom Collins
Tim Mc Donnell/Noel Cummins
2004 - The Little Vampire | Little Vampire (Voice)
Eoghan O'Riada
2004 - The Fairytaler | Various (Voice)
Gareth Williams
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