Nichola trained as an actress at Rose Bruford College London, and completed her MA at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London.
Seen most recently in Tom Murphy’s THE WAKE at The Abbey Theatre directed by Annabelle Comyn, RIPPER STREET for BBC/Amazon and the role of ace sniper, suffragette and rebel Margaret Skinnider in SEVEN WOMEN for RTE/Tile Films.
Further credits in TV and film include, An Crann, Sojourn and Runner (Stand Mantra Films), Talk To Me (BBC), The Bill (Thames Television), Sparrow & The Wolf (winner of IMTV Best Male Video 2011)
Further theatre credits include: Midnight in the Republic (The Gaiety Theatre/RTE) The Only Jealousy of Emer & At the Hawkswell (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) Besieged (Sugarglass & Anne Bogart) Othello (The Mill) Five Minutes Later (Sugarglass) Ethica:4 Short Beckett Plays (Sugarglass) The Poor Mouth (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) All Hell Lay Beneath (Sugarglass) Rhinoceros (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) The Way of Water (English Theatre Berlin) Iphigenia In Aulis (Project Arts), The Princess & The Gypsy Boy (Marlowe Canterbury), Real Dreams (BAC), 167 Hours (Birmingham NIA).
Nichola is a professional singer and a strong physical performer often collaborating with musicians and visual artists in many ways.
Currently Artist-in-Residence at The Hawk’s Well Theatre.
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A brilliant acting talent with an extraordinary range. Her ability to immerse herself in a character is remarkable. Paddy Slattery, screenwriter and director.
Nichola is an actor capable of great fire. A remarkably disciplined and flexible performer, she is an actor that can demonstrate great agency when needed, while also being extremely sensitive to the overall needs of the creative process. A true theatre talent. Marc Atkinson, Artistic Director Sugarglass Theatre Dublin/New York
Magnificent theatricality marks out this clever adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s great satire …Blue Raincoat subvert and abandon gender roles with impunity. Nichola MacEvilly [takes] on a variety within the piece to great and graceful comic effect. Review of The Poor Mouth AllEdinburghTheatre.com
hilarious biting satire … Nichola Mac Evilly take[s] on the task of deftly morphing into a medley of characters, animals, chunks of landscape, soundscape and linguistic turns, all at the doff of a cap or a rumble of thunder … It is a tour de force…the likes of this production will not be seen again! Review of The Poor Mouth in Irish Theatre Magazine by Seona Mac Réamoinn
Nichola brings immense talent, an intelligent and considered approach and a wealth of stagecraft to her work. More importantly,(…) she is a joy to work with. Geoff O’Keefe, theatre director.
Actors Nichola MacEvilly and Tristan Heanue have taken on a brave task in Sojourn, playing non speaking parts. Acting in a film with no dialogue can be a daunting undertaking yet both actors do a stellar job in evoking atmosphere and engagement of the audience. Emma Fagan for Scannain.
Nichola MacEvilly took to the stage for her version of ‘California Soul’, and frankly, this woman OWNS the spotlight, despite being so small and delicate, nestled in amongst a stage full of larger than life musicians and their instruments. Nichola’s acting background brought itself to the fore as she sparkled and stormed her way through a fantastic performance. Kate Winter, author & columnist.
With the help of a great cast of characters and actors (Nichola MacEvilly being the MVP* as a desperate housewife seeking escape), speed, distance and emotions are all explored in their fullest range to give a dizzying sense of drama in the lives of these characters. Review of Five Minutes Later by Andy McLaughlin DYT
*MVP – Most Valuable Player
‘Outstanding example of absurdity theatre… excellent performances’ – Review of Rhinoceros – The Irish Times
…Eithne Inguba (complexly remorseful and hopeful in Nichola MacEvilly’s clever performance) Review of The Only Jealousy of Emer by Chris McCormack
Nichola MacEvilly is one of my own personal favourites, a star in so many ways, actress, singer… She’s exceptional and her stage presence is too, especially dressed as she was last night like a mermaid starlet. Performing with the wonderful Eoin Troy, Nichola at the piano and Eoin on guitar, this brilliant pair sang a spine-tingling version of Falling Slowly from the Oscar-Winning Irish film Once, which was just a treat and a half. Kate Winter, author & columnist.
An Crann (2015) 15’14” Award winning short film directed by Emma Carlson can be seen tonight at 12.05am on RTE2.
A married couple in Donegal contemplate revenge after a mysterious new neighbour fells their tree. Starring Nichola MacEvilly, Bairbre NiChaoimh and Liam Burke.
Based on the poem ‘An Crann’ by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
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Nichola MacEvilly joins a brilliant line up of musicians for a very special tribute celebration produced by the Hawks Well Theatre for legendary artists David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Prince on April 7th.
Tickets are sold out so an extra date has been added on April 6th.