Donna Anita Nikolaisen
as Judith Noone in
'Belfast Girls'
by Jaki McCarrick

Jan/Feb 2024

The Táin
The Lyric
The Droichead
The Solstice

Actor & Voice Over Artist

Donna Anita Nikolaisen is an Irish actor and voice over artist. Her stage credits include the lead role of ‘Judith Noone’ in the 2024 Irish premiere of award-winning play Belfast Girls, by Jaki McCarrick. Her TV credits include ‘Lucy’ in RTE’s The South Westerlies, ‘Francis Frond’ in cBBC’s Nova Jones and ‘Ama Chisenga’ in RTE’s Fair City. 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 2018.

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Photo: Dara McCluskey

Donna plays 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).


Listen to BBC NI Interview with the cast of Belfast Girls
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, Review
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, Review

Voice Over Artist

Donna is an Irish voice over artist who has voiced roles for animation, video games, audiobooks, radio plays and commercials. She voices the role of ‘Mum’ in Cartoon Saloon’s pre-school animation ‘Silly Sundays’, currently viewable on Cartoonito worldwide.


'Magnificently narrated.'

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

'The reader, who can easily ruin a book, had a warm and mellifluous voice that connected the interwoven lives with the thread of the tones of her voice.'

Film & TV


Lucy Doyle


Frances Frond

Watch Frances Frond in episode
'Friends of Nova' on RTE Player

Paige Monaghan

The Hallmark Channel

Dr Madelaine Tress

Scott Free Productions

Winner Best Short at
Santa Fe Film Festival 2018 &
Mexico International Film Festival 2018. Directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings

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Donna won Best Supporting Actor for her role as 'Ali' in short film QED at the
Dublin Underground Cinema
Film Festival 2018