Pre-fame, she appeared on Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns in the episode from Halifax, her first screen role was on Coronation Street as Melanie Tindel. She joined Emmerdale as Nicola Blackstock in 2000 and served for five years, before returning in 2007 as Nicola De Souza. She won the 2006 British Soap Award for Best Bitch.
Nicola appeared on the Sky One reality show Cirque de Celebrité but was voted out on the fifth week by Blazin' Squad member Kenzie. She appeared in the Halifax Pantomime as the Wicked Witch.
Nicola was also the celebrity guest, along with Malandra Burrows at the Leeds Dogs Trust Waggy Walks event at Temple Newsam on 3rd October 2010. Nicola opened the walk and then completed the 5 km walk with her dog Jasper.
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