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 . She learnt and became a qualified forklift driver in order to play the part of Suzie in Clocking Off.
In 2007, she had a lead role in the BBC TV series Superstorm.
She was born in Oldham, Lancashire and attended North Chadderton School for her secondary education.
Stephenson was in a relationship with actor Kieran O'Brien for eight years. The relationship ended in 1999. In 2009, she gave birth to a baby girl, Esme Rose Stephenson.
In 2012, she played Louise in the ITV drama Homefront.