At 25, PHOEBE NICHOLLS (Elizabeth Elliot) became well-known to television viewers for her brilliant performance as Cordelia, the younger sister in Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited." She started her career at age 3, when she appeared in the film of Penelope Mortimer's novel, The Pumpkin Eater. This was followed at the age of 10 by "Our Mother's House," starring Dirk Bogarde, and at age 12 by Ken Russell's "Women in Love." Of course, this was all done during school holidays, as her father, the well-respected British actor, Anthony Nicholls, insisted that she have a normal childhood and a sound education.
On leaving regular school, Phoebe trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, followed by a stint in repertory theatre. Her theatre work includes "Whose Life is it, Anyway?" at the Mermaid and Savoy Theatres, "The Cherry Orchard" at the Chichester Festival, "The Beautiful Part of Myself" at the Palace Theatre, Watford, "The Seagull" at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, "Pravda," directed by David Hare at the Royal National Theatre and "Three Sisters" at the Queen's Theatre. She played Sheila Birling in Stephen Daldry's acclaimed National Theatre production of JB Priestly's "An Inspector Calls," and was Jessica in the world premiere of Terry Johnson's "Hysteria," winner of the 1994 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, directed by Phyllida Lloyd at the Royal Court Theatre. She recently played Mary in Katie Mitchell's revival of Githa Sowerby's "Rutherford And Son."
Other television appearances include "Secret Orchards" and "All for Love" for Granada; "Blade on the Feather" for LWT; "Take Two" and "A Harmless Vanity" for ATV; "Bouncing Back" and "Gentry" for Central Television; "Tell Me More" for Channel 4 and "Waters Of The Moon," "Poppyland," "Hay Fever" and the Screen Two film, "Drowning In The Shallow End," for BBC-2.
Phoebe Nicholl's film credits include "The Elephant Man," " The Missionary," "Ordeal By Innocence," "Maurice," and Nicolas Roeg's film version of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness."