Nicola trained at the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama.She made her debut as Ethel in Showboat with Cleo Laine.

In a career spanning over 45 years, some of her favourite roles in the West End include Chiffon in Little Shop Of Horrors (original cast ) Shenzi, Lion King, Hitimahana, Mutiny! Bertha, Elegies, Joice Heth, Barnum, and Clara in Destry Rides Again for which she was nominated for an Olivier award as Best Supporting Actress.

As a straight actress, she has appeared with the National Theatre, English Shakespeare company and Sir Anthony Quayle's Compass company. She was nominated for a Time Out award as Best Actress for Love on the plastic. In the US she has appeared Off-Broadway in Socks and Soul Kitchen.TV & Film. Angels, Fathers and Families, I Claudius, Casualty, Us Girls, Madam Manhattan, The Bill, Restaurant Wars, The Savage and Live & Let Die.Also for good measure, she was a backing vocalist for Ray Charles, Lulu and Millicent Martin. And part of the Oscar-winning team who worked on the soundtrack for A Passage To India.