Nicola Stephenson is an English actress. She is known mainly for her roles in television, which include Margaret Clemence in Brookside; Stephenson's on-air kiss with Anna Friel was the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss to be broadcast on British television. Other roles have included Julie Fitzjohn/Bradford in Holby City, Suzie Davidson in Clocking Off, Jackie in ITV's Christmas Lights/Northern Lights/City Lights, Sarah Williams in BBC's The Chase and All at Sea . In 2012, Nicola played Louise, a series lead in the ITV drama Homefront. In 2014 she joined the regular cast of Waterloo Road for 11 episodes.
Her theatre roles include A Patriot for Me at the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by Peter Gill, His Girl Friday and Edmund at the National Theatre directed by Ed Hall and War Horse at the New London Theatre in London's West End directed by Marianne Elliot.
In 2007, she had a lead role in the BBC TV 3 part series Superstorm directed by Julian Simpson. In 2014 she worked with Simpson again when he directed her as a guest lead in the BBC TV series New Tricks.
She was born in Oldham, Lancashire and attended North Chadderton School for her secondary education.