Sarah Lancashire is Nicola’s co-star in Last Tango in Halifax. Nicola has described Claire Rushbrook as one of her best friends. Amongst other projects, Claire was in Shiner [Film] and 50 Revolutions [Stage] with Nicola. When Claire was in Collision, a candid photo showing Claire and Nicola was used as a prop – see this Fun Fact for more details.
Nicola doesn’t think she will win and is rooting for Shirley Henderson to win, since she is the only nominee she does not know personally. We hope this is merely pre-awards jitters talking.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola on being nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2013 Olivier Awards!!!
Nicola has been nominated for her role as Judy, Christopher’s mother in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She is recognised as having given a “moving and heart-wrenching performance” during the Play’s initial run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has earned 8 nominations, the most number of nominations in the 2013 Olivier Awards. Read the press release HERE. Nicola and Luke Treadaway (as Christopher) are the only cast members who earned acting nominations. For all information which we have collected on this Play when Nicola was still involved, go HERE. You can check out a full list of the 2013 nominees in all categories HERE.
This is Nicola’s first nomination for an Olivier Award. Each of the four other actresses is a previous Olivier Awards nominee/winner so the competition in this category will be intense :
Anastasia Hille for The Effect
Cush Jumbo for Julius Caesar
Helen McCrory for The Last of the Haussmans and
Janie Dee for NSFW
The Olivier Awards are the most prestigious theatre related awards in the UK. Nicola has often said in the past that she considers herself a stage actress first who does occasional roles on TV. So this nomination must mean a lot for her. You can find out more about the history of the Olivier Awards and how the awards are voted on by going to The official Olivier Awards website.
We have high hopes that Nicola will attend the award ceremony which will be held at the Royal Opera House, London on 28 April 2013.
The play is still being staged at the West End. If you’re interested in going (even though Nicola is no longer involved), HERE is the theatre’s official website.
28 April 2013 : She Won!!!
MANY MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola. She’s won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. This award must mean a lot to her since she’s always considered herself a stage actress first who dabbles in TV work on the side.
The 2013 Olivier Awards was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. There was no direct telecast. It is difficult for us to understand the logic (of the power-that-be) of giving coverage to an awards show which celebrates visual arts only via an audio channel! After the actual ceremony finished, iTV broadcast only an edited highlights show for general viewers which was heavy on all the musical numbers but cut all of the speeches from the winners in the Drama category, with the exception of big names like Helen Mirren. You can view the full results on the official Olivier Awards homepage. Click on each category to see the names of the nominees and the winner in that category.
Nicola’s acceptance speech
Nicola was presented with her award by her Spooks co-star, Rupert Penry-Jones. The Awards was a bit of a Spooks Alumni meeting, as in addition to Rupert, Lara Pulver and Anna Chancellor were also there as presenters. In addition, Suranne Jones, Nicola’s co-star from Scott & Bailey was also there as a presenter.
In the televised version of the Awards Ceremony, Nicola was allotted only 14 seconds of screen time. A fan has very helpfully uploaded this clip onto YouTube :
The ever wonderful and resourceful @SofieB_, who was on the red carpet, also filmed this clip from the outdoor broadcast.
We managed to tape Nicola’s acceptance speech off the BBC Radio 2 broadcast and present it here for your hearing pleasure. Warning : Nicola used one word which BBC Radio 2 felt might be offensive to some listeners. If you’re the easily offended type, then don’t click on this clip. The Olivier Awards and BBC Radio 2 own the copyright in this audio clip. No infringement is intended.
Finally!!! The Official London Theatre channel on YouTube has put the clip of Nicola accepting her award on YouTube.
Nicola pics at the event
You can look in HERE for 28 pics of Nicola on the red carpet and back stage. You can also see Nicola on stage in this photo from the official Oliver Awards website. For copyright reasons, we can’t present those images here.
You can find more information about the dress HERE and HERE. We said it on Twitter, and we’ll say it again here : whoever helped Nicola put together her look for awards night – hair, makeup + dress, brought out the beauty that is Nicola in real life. Thank you, kind sir/madam!
Thank you, Ruth (@theoofoof) for finding the information on the dress for us.
Whats on Stage is a UK publication and website which is devoted to publicising all things relating to UK Theatre. It has been very supportive of Nicola in the past, so we should support it in its annual awards campaign. You have until end November 2012 to log nominations for the long list in various categories. The long list will be whittled down, eventually, to a short list, and the winners will be announced and awarded in a glittering ceremony held in London sometime in February 2013. This is the only awards relating to UK Theatre which is voted entirely by fans and theatre goers.
We voted for Nicola in the Best Actress category. Just to be on the safe side, we also voted for her in the Best Supporting Actress category. Show your support for Nicola and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and get voting. Apart from the actress categories, you should also consider voting for nominations for the play in the following categories :
Best Actor (Luke Treadaway)
Best Actress / Best Supporting Actress (both Nicola, of course)
Best Ensemble Performance
Best New Play
Best Set Designer and
Best Lighting Designer
Voting in relation to the long list is easy and is open to all fans, wherever you are in the world. For the long list, you may be able to vote multiple times (though we wouldn’t encourage it), but do remember that once the nominees make it to the shortlist and fans are to vote again for the eventual winners, each fan can only register one vote in each category for one email address.
Whats On Stage have published the Short List of all nominees and you can go through the list HERE.
Many congratulations to Luke Treadaway and the Production Team for having made the Short List in various categories. We’re very disappointed that Nicola didn’t make it in either the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress in a Play category. No matter. Get voting now for Luke (Christopher), Marianne (the Director), Bunny (the Set Designer), Simon (the playwright), Paule (Lighting Designer) and the Ensemble in their categories. Make sure they win!!!
For the last few months, we have been running a poll on this fansite :
Should Nicola Walker be nominated for a BAFTA* for her exemplary work in Spooks Series 9?
92% of you said, Yes, absolutely!
7% of you said, No, it was good work, but not good enough for a BAFTA yet.
1% asked, What’s a BAFTA?
(A big THANK YOU to everyone who cast a vote in this Poll!)
The 2011 BAFTA Television Awards nominees were announced on 26 April 2011. Nicola was not named as one of the nominees. There could be several reasons for this :
No entry was submitted for consideration by or on behalf of Nicola for Spooks Series 9
An entry was submitted for consideration by or on behalf of Nicola but it did not make the shortlist in the relevant category announced today.
To be up for consideration for a BAFTA in the performance category, an entry must be submitted by the actor/actress in question, or someone on his/her behalf, such as a Director or the production company. Whilst it is possible for a BAFTA member to originate the nomination process, this is rarely done, except perhaps in the case of the Fellowship (i.e. Lifetime Achievement) Award. These nominations are not generated by fans. For Nicola, she would have been eligible for a nomination in either the Lead Actress or Supporting Actress categories for Spooks Series 9. Unlike the Emmy Awards in the US, the TV BAFTAs do not have a category which rewards excellence as a guest performer in either a Drama or Comedy series. So Nicola’s guest appearances in Luther and Being Human would not have been eligible for consideration. As for her guest appearance in Law & Order : UK, that episode was broadcast in the UK on 21 March 2011, i.e. after the deadline was closed on 28 February 2011, so even if there was a category for guest performances, it would not have been eligible for consideration.
Although the BAFTA rules say that there is no entry fee for the performance categories (there is a small fee payable for submitting entries in the production categories), performers and production companies must still incur considerable expense in mounting a BAFTA campaign, from the production of copies of the submitted episodes to the BAFTA voters for consideration, meeting and greeting the voters to solicit votes, to attending the actual ceremony, dressed to the nines.
Whilst it would have been nice if Nicola did receive a nomination for her work in Spooks Series 9, we have to remember that there are many, many talented British actors and actresses who have never been nominated, or have been nominated but didn’t win an award. As long as Nicola continues to be gainfully employed, us fans would be happy for the chance to watch her on screen or listen to her dulcet tones via audio programmes.
To understand more about the BAFTA nomination and voting process, you can download a copy of the Rules and Guidelines for the British Academy Television Awards HERE.
Its HERE, finally. Fan report from the red carpet plus pics.
Fill in an Expression of Interest form this page to let us know whether you'd be interested in owning a T shirt which was specially designed by Liga in honour of Nicola's first BAFTA TV Award nomination.
Last Tango in Halifax (S2)
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