Donna Anita Nikolaisen is an Irish stage, screen and voice actor. Her performance training began at The Montfort School of Performing Arts in her home city of Cork. She went on to develop her craft through The Focus Theatre Stanislavsky Studio, Film Venture and The Bel Canto School of Voice. Starting off in theatre, her credits include: “Tea Chests and Dreams” (The Axis), “No Irish No Blacks No Dogs” (The New Theatre), “Jane Eyre” (The Gate), “Talking to Terrorists” (The Samuel Beckett) and “The Bacchae of Baghdad” (The Abbey).

She plays Lucy in RTE’s “Conversations with Friends”, Francis Frond in CBBC series “Nova Jones” and Lucy in “The South Westerlies”. Other TV credits include: “Blood”, “The Dublin Murders” and “Fair City” – where she played the recurring role of Zambian nurse Ama Chisenga from 2013 to 2017.

On the feature side, Donna plays Grace Ture in “Sweetness in the Belly”, opposite Dakota Fanning. She plays Paige Monaghan in “Christmas at Castle Hart”, opposite Lacey Chabert. And she took on the role of Flight Attendant, opposite Jim Norton in “The Last Right”. She won Best Supporting Actor in the 2018 Underground Cinema Film Festival for her role as Ali in the award winning short film “QED”.

As a voice over artist Donna narrates documentaries and audiobooks, voices roles for radio plays and animation and voices commercials for TV and radio. As a singer-songwriter she has released online her debut album “Lore”. She is represented by Byrons Management and Voice Bank



In 2010 Donna set up True Voice Theatre to produce classic and contemporary ensemble pieces. To date she has produced and performed in the off-Broadway play Birdbath by Leonard Melfi and Chekhov comedies The Bear and The Proposal as part of the Rathfarnham Book Festival.


Acting for Camera, Film Venture
Stanislavsky Studio, The Focus Theatre, Tim McDonnell
Speech & Drama (LAMDA), Montfort College of Performing Arts
Acting Technique Workshops: Meisner, Chekhov, Grotowski, Viewpoints

Bel Canto Voice, Bel Canto School of Voice
Music Theatre and Classical Voice, Waltons School of Music
Voice Workshop, Andy Hinds

Contemporary Dance, CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Jazz Ballet, Elena Degtyareva
Hip Hop Dance, Jane Shorthall

Other Skills
Owner and Web Designer at Visual Aspects Web Design Studio
BSc Business Information Systems (Hon), UCC
Full Drivers License