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2013 Olivier Awards


26 March 2013 : She’s nominated!

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.

©Manuel Harlan / Royal National Theatre

©Manuel Harlan / Royal National Theatre

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.

    9 August 2013

    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.

    Nicola’s dress

    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. 🙂

    Turn the page to read press coverage after the awards ceremony.



    2013 WOS Awards

    Please vote for Nicola, for her role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, in the 2013 Whats on Stage Awards.

    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 Direction
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Music
  • 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.

    Isn’t The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time one of the best plays you have ever seen? Remember how lovely Nicola looked, all dressed up, walking the red carpet in the 2012 TV BAFTAs? Don’t you want to see her walk the red carpet again? Then get voting!

    Update : 7 December 2012

    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!!!

    Update : 17 February 2013

    Of the 6 categories the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time was nominated in, it won only “Best New Play”. You can check out the full list of winners HERE.


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    Table of Contents

    Background Updates

    Rehearsal Photos, Interviews with Cast and Crew

    Press and other Reviews

    More Updates, NT Podcasts with Marianne Elliot and Una Stubbs, a “Making Of” video, Awards and Nominations, Celebrity Sightings and Six Degrees

    Fan Reviews

  • at the Cottesloe
  • NT Live
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Final Performance at the Cottesloe
  • Update : 25 January 2013

    Its official, Nicola will not be joining the cast in the show’s West End transfer.

    This item from Whats On Stage confirms what we have suspected for weeks : Nicola will not be joining the rest of the cast in the play’s transfer to the West End in March 2013. (Thank you, AgentP, for the link.) Her part, Christopher’s mother Judy, will be taken over by Holly Aird, who was in Torn [TV] with Nicola.

    We are disappointed, but that probably means Nicola will be busy with filming work on her various TV shows 🙂 Turn the page and read all the information we have amassed on the play when Nicola was still in it.

    Read the Book

    Order from Amazon UK

    There is a special edition of the book to accompany the National Theatre’s production of this play.

    Order from Amazon US

    The play is not available as a DVD. The National Theatre does not release any of its NT Live plays as DVDs.