Donna Anita Nikolaisen
Donna hails from Cork. Drawn to the magic of the stage from a young age she took her first acting lessons with LAMDA at Monfort College. Her love for both music and acting meant that she first stepped on stage in Dublin in ‘Evita’ with The Guinness Players and ‘South Pacific’ with the Pioneer Musical Society. Her first dramatic role was that of Margaret in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ with The Dublin Shakespeare Society.
After subsequent training with the Stanislavsky Studio at The Focus Theatre and in BelCanto Voice she went on to pursue a career in acting. She portrayed characters such as the formidable Mrs Muller in ‘Doubt’; the embattled Silk Campbell in ‘No Irish No Blacks No Dogs’; the straight talking Lebanese journalist Rima in ‘Talking to Terrorists’; a terrorised mother in ‘Tea Chests and Dreams’; one of the eastern Bacchae in ‘The Bacchae of Baghdad’ at The Abbey; and the fragile yet feral Bertha Mason in ‘Jane Eyre’ at The Gate;
Her TV break came in 2013 with the role of Zambian nurse ‘Ama Chisenga’ on the TV Soap ‘Fair City’. Undoubtedly this was a career changing role due to five years hands on experience in front of camera. Since leaving the show in 2017 Donna won Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Underground Cinema Festival for her role in the powerful award-winning short film ‘QED’.
Recent feature film roles include ‘Royally Ever After’ (2018), ‘Sweetness in the Belly’ (2019) and ‘The Last Right’ (2019) and forthcoming TV Drama roles include ‘The Dublin Murders’ (2019), ‘Cold Courage’ (2019) and ‘Blood 2’ (2020).
‘The humour of Hickey’s characters is neatly balanced by Nikolaisen’s skill at commanding the stage in the more serious moments – her depiction of a terrorised mother, determined to protect her child from the gang of bullies that plague them daily, is truly touching.’
Lauren O’Toole, ENTERTAINMENT.IE
Tea Chests and Dreams, The Axis Theatre
Donna won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ali in the powerful short film ‘QED’ at the 2018 Underground Cinema Film Festival. Directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings ‘QED’ was selected for the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner and won Best Overall Short Film at the 2018 Santa Fe Film Festival and New Mexico Film Festival.
Donna is based in Dublin and is represented by Julian Benson Management in Ireland and by Byrons Management in the UK. As a voice over artist she is represented by Voice Bank and is the voice of numerous commercial campaigns.
Acting for Camera, Film Venture
Meisner, Momentum Acting Studio
Stanislavsky, The Focus Theatre
Chekhov, Rayla Tadjimotova
Music Theatre, Waltons School of Music
Voice, BelCanto School of Voice
LAMDA Speech & Drama, Montfort College
BSc Business Information Systems (Hon), UCC