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

Quintessence Theatre
The Táin, The Lyric,
The Droichead,
The Solstice
Jan/Feb 2024

Irish Stage & Screen Actor

Donna Anita Nikolaisen is an Irish actor and voice over artist. She trained at The Focus Theatre (Dublin), Bel Canto School of Voice (Dublin) and Montfort School of Performing Arts (Cork). Her stage credits include the lead role of ‘Silk Campbell’ in No Irish No Blacks No Dogs, ‘Rima’ in Talking to Terrorists, ‘Bertha Mason’ in Jane Eyre at The Gate and a member of ‘The Bacchae Chorus’ in The Bacchae of Baghdad at The Abbey. She played the lead role of ‘Judith Noone’ in the 2024 Irish premiere of award-winning play Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick. 

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 2018. 

TV credits include
‘Lucy’ in RTE’s The South Westerlies, ‘Francis Frond’ in cBBC’s Nova Jones and roles in Conversations with Friends, Blood and Kin. Her breakthrough TV role came as Zambian nurse ‘Ama Chisenga’ whom she played for five years on Ireland’s National Soap Drama Fair City (RTE). Based in Ireland Donna is represented by Byron’s Management and Voice Bank.


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).


Photo: Dara McCluskey
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
Belfast Girls Molly and Judith under attack

Voice Over Artist

Represented by Voice Bank, Donna voices roles for animation, games, audiobooks, radio plays and commercials. She voices the role of ‘Mum’ in Cartoon Saloon’s pre-school animation Silly Sundays. Her top 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). 


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

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



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

Directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings
Winner Best Short at Santa Fe Film Festival 2018 &
Mexico International Film Festival 2018
Donna won Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Dublin Underground Cinema Film Festival for her role as 'Ali' in QED
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