NEWS 2024

Donna played the lead role of ‘Judith Noone’ in the Irish premiere of award-winning play Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick. Directed by Anna Simpson from Quintessence Theatre Belfast Girls opened in January 2024 at The Táin (Dundalk) and transferred to The Lyric (Belfast), The Droichead (Drogheda) and The Solstice (Navan).


This is an actors' and writer's stage, with every performer shining in their own way - in particular, Donna Anita Nikolaisen handles the challenge of Judith's mindset with commensurate command and Siobhan Kelly brings out Molly's complexities with delicate nuance.
Simon Fallaha
In the opening scene we meet four of the five characters, one or two spatting already. ‘Fat’ Hanna (impressive Leah Rossiter) gets in an argument with Ellen (Fiona Keenan O’ Brien) over who caught the cook’s eye. The air turns blue but Judith, a natural leader and excellently played by Donna Anita Nikolaisen, sorts them out.
The Belfast Times
Photo: Dara McCluskey


Irish actor and voice over artist, Donna Anita Nikolaisen, played the lead role of ‘Judith Noone’ in the Irish premiere of award-winning play Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick. Other stage credits include ‘Silk Campbell’ in No Irish No Blacks No Dogs at The New Theatre, ‘Rima’ in Talking to Terrorists at The Samuel Beckett, ‘Bertha Mason’ in Jane Eyre at The Gate and The Bacchae of Baghdad at The Abbey. She trained at The Focus Theatre, Bel Canto School of Voice and Montfort School of Performing Arts.

As a voice over artist Donna was the voice of ‘Ulster Bank’ for a number of years and has narrated documentaries for BBC and Virgin Media. She voices the role of ‘Mum’ in Cartoon Saloon’s pre-school animation Silly Sundays

Donna’s film credits include the role of ‘Grace Ture’ in Sweetness in the Belly, ‘Paige Monaghan’ in Hallmark’s Christmas at Castle Hart and ‘Ali’ in award-winning short film QED – where she won Best Supporting Actor at the Dublin Underground Cinema Festival. 

TV credits include ‘Francis Frond’ in cBBC’s Nova Jones, ‘Lucy’ in RTE’s The South Westerlies and roles in Conversations with Friends, Blood and Kin. Her breakthrough TV role came as Zambian nurse ‘Ama Chisenga’ on RTE’s Fair City – Ireland’s National Soap Opera.

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Voice Over Artist

Represented by Voice Bank, Donna voices the role of ‘Mum’ in Cartoon Saloon’s pre-school animation Silly Sundays.

She voices roles for audiobooks, radio plays, animation and commercials. Her credits include the audiobook narration of: Strange Flowers, The Coincidence and Reclaiming. Donna was the voice of ‘Ulster Bank’ for a number of years and she also narrates TV documentaries: The Story of Water (Virgin Media) and Ireland’s Refugee Hotel (BBC/RTE).


'Read it in two sittings, loved it.
Especially enjoyed the reader who was quite superb.'
Audible Reviewer

Donna narrates the documentary 'The Story of Water' for Virgin Media





Frances Frond


Watch Frances Frond in Episode 1,
Friends of Nova, on RTE Player

Paige Monaghan

The Hallmark Channel

Dr Madelaine Tress

Scott Free Productions

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Winner Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Underground Film Festival, Dublin

Directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings
Winner Best Short
Santa Fe Film Festival
Mexico International Film Festival