Nicola Bryant

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Nicola Bryant
Bryant in 2016
Nicola Jane Bryant[1]

(1960-10-11) 11 October 1960 (age 63)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Alma materWebber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1983–present
Known forDoctor Who
The Biz
Star Trek Continues
Scott Kennedy
PartnerNev Fountain

Nicola Jane Bryant (born 11 October 1960)[1][2] is an English actress best known for her role as Peri Brown, a companion to both the Fifth and Sixth Doctors, in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, from 1984 to 1986.

Early life[edit]

Nicola Bryant was born and raised in a small village near Guildford in Surrey, the older of two daughters of Denis and Sheila Bryant. She has a younger sister named Tracy.[3] She began taking dance classes at the age of three, and also took piano lessons. At the age of ten she auditioned to go to ballet schools, but was unable to take up places offered because of asthma. Upset by this development, she joined a local amateur dramatic group.

On leaving school she auditioned for all of the London drama schools, and took up a scholarship to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In her final year there, she played the part of Nanette in a production of the musical No, No, Nanette.[4]


Bryant's first professional part was as Peri Brown in Doctor Who.[3] She played the part from 1984 to 1986, first with Peter Davison, and then with Colin Baker as the Doctor.[5] Bryant's tenure on the show was met with raised eyebrows in some quarters as series producer John Nathan-Turner admitted (in his book Doctor Who: The Companions and elsewhere) that his intention was to pump up the sex appeal of the ageing series by casting the young actress who was often seen wearing low-cut outfits in the show. Her character was American and for a while a publicity-driven fiction was maintained suggesting Bryant was also American, something Bryant had herself stated in press interviews when she landed the part. During her final series on Doctor Who, the actress was allowed to dress more conservatively on the show.

Bryant appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Two Doctors (1985), and she enjoyed working with Patrick Troughton, who returned as the Second Doctor. During the programme's hiatus during 1985 and 1986, Bryant reprised the role of Peri in a BBC radio production entitled Slipback alongside Baker.

After appearing in Doctor Who, Bryant spent nine months at the Savoy Theatre in the West End of London in the thriller Killing Jessica with Patrick Macnee, directed by Bryan Forbes. She was cast in other television roles, including a part in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988). In the early to mid-1990s, she co-starred with Baker in a series of made-for-video science fiction films entitled The Stranger for BBV, although the first few films in the series were little more than Doctor Who episodes in disguise. She also appeared alongside Baker, Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Jon Pertwee in another BBV production, The Airzone Solution, which includes a love scene between Baker and Bryant.

Bryant has reprised the role of Peri in several of the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who spin-off audio plays, appearing both with Peter Davison and Colin Baker. She also directed UNIT: The Wasting and Judge Dredd: 99 Code Red!.

In February 2006, she performed in a New End Theatre production of the Carl Djerassi play Taboos, and in early 2007 appeared in a London stage production of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Duke of York's Theatre. A DVD documentary, In The Footsteps of The Two Doctors, following Bryant's return to some of the locations featured in the Doctor Who serial The Two Doctors, was released in late 2006.[6]

Bryant in 2008

She returned to the stage in 2008 in a touring production of an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's "Don't Look Now", playing the part of Laura Baxter. This production continued into 2009.[5]

In the summer of 2009, Bryant filmed an improvised documentary-style film for Australian director Ben Briand as well as recording eight audio stories for Big Finish as a "missing season" of adventures for Doctor Who. On 2 March 2010 she appeared in Holby City as a television news reporter,[7] and in 2011 she featured in the Dark Shadows audio drama The Blind Painter. In 2013 she appeared in a Doctor Who-themed episode of the game show Pointless.[8]

Bryant guest-starred as 'Lana' in the 2017 two-part finale of the internet series Star Trek Continues,[9] which finishes the five-year mission of Star Trek: The Original Series.

Appearing in many award-winning commercials, Bryant has been the face of Woolwich Building Society, National Saving, and Nurofen. Bryant was in the Ridley Scott Associates production for Axa Health Insurance.

Bryant's voice-over work spans more than three decades. She has been the voice behind BMW, Duchy Originals, Florida Orange Juice, Twinings Tea, Nationwide, Woolwich Building Society, numerous medical and pharmaceutical companies and Bovis Houses. She has also voiced documentaries for the BBC and NBC.[3]

In 2023, Bryant reprised her role as Peri Brown in the series Tales of the TARDIS.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Summoned By Shadows Miss Brown
1992 More Than A Messiah
1993 In Memory Alone
1993 The Airzone Solution Elenya
1998 Parting Shots Beverley
2011 Unlawful Killing Romilly Weeks
2016 The Head Hunter Dr. Shaw
2021 Midas Charlotte Ward
TBA The Wilds Helen (short)
TBA Dreadnought: Invasion Six Lord Doctor Elli Morsto (Pre-production)
TBA Chuck Sister Hackett (short) (Pre-production)


Year Title Role Notes
1984–1986 Doctor Who Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown 33 episodes
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol Millicent TV film
1993 Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time Peri Brown TV short
1995–1997 The Biz Martine Johnson All 24 episodes
1996 The 10%ers Julia Episode: "Wedding"
1998 Animal Ark Sara Lawson Episode: "Bunnies in the Bathroom"
2000 Casualty Susan Harris Episode: "Fall Out"
2000 Doctors Sonia Heyward-Smith Episode: "Catch-22"
2007 Holby City Catherine Sloman Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2008 Love in Hyde Park Isabel
2009 My Family Anne Episode: "A Very Brief Encounter"
2010 My Family Janet Episode: "Ben Behaving Badly"
2010 Holby City Reporter Episode: "The Butterfly Effect: Part One"
2010 Doctors Jackie Fallon Episode: "A Naked Ambition"
2010 Scoop Anne Boleyn Episode: "Back Tud-or Future"
2015 The Promise Emily Newman Episode: "The New Name"
2016 Serial Thriller: The Head Hunter Dr. Shaw 2 episodes
2016 New Blood Sophie Baxter Episode: "Case 3, Part 2"
2017 Star Trek Continues Lana Episodes "To Boldly Go", Parts I and II
2020 Gentrification Annabel de Winter Episode: "Part Seven"
2021 The Effect Sandra 3 episodes
2023 Tales of the TARDIS Peri Brown Episode: "Vengeance on Varos"


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Judge Dredd Judge Mordin Episode: "Trapped on Titan"
2011 Dark Shadows Eloise Verinder Episode: "The Blind Painter"
2011 Dark Shadows Mrs. Gibbs Episode: "The Poisoned Soul"
2011 Dark Shadows Grace Collins Episode: "The Crimson Pearl"
2013 The Mervyn Stone Mysteries Verity Mycroft Episode: "The Axeman Cometh"
2014 The Night of the Triffids Kerris Audio film
2014 The Confessions of Dorian Gray Claudia Markham Episode: "Echoes"
2015 Iris Wildthyme: Wildthyme Reloaded Maggie Episode: "Comeback of the Scorchies"
2015 Iris Wildthyme: Wildthyme Reloaded Mabel Episode: "The Slots of Giza"
2016 Painkiller Monica Audiobook
2017 Waking Hell Leila Fenech Audiobook
2021 The Effect Sandra 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Twelfth Night Olivia
Skin Deep ad Come on Jeeves Gateway Theatre (Chester)
Secret Garden Martha Leicester
Spring's Awakening and Absurd Person Singular Eva Vienna's English Theatre
The Ride Down Mount Morgan Leah Derby Playhouse
So Long on Lonely Street touring
The Great Gatsby Daisy Buchanan touring
Dinner with George touring
Home Truths touring
A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia touring
Don't Look Now Laura touring
The Trouble with Old Lovers Alice touring


  1. ^ a b Ms Nicola Jane Bryant Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ England & Wales Birth Index.
  3. ^ a b c "Nicola Bryant: About".
  4. ^ Dexter, R. (24 June 2015). Doctor Who Episode By Episode: Volume 6 - Colin Baker. ISBN 9781326315863. Retrieved 19 March 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Look! It's Doctor Who star Nicola – and the fans are flocking to see her". West Sussex Gazette. 3 October 2008. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  6. ^ ""Nicola Bryant: In the Footsteps of the Two Doctors" DVD". Archived from the original on 16 May 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  7. ^ "BBC One – Holby City, Series 12, The Butterfly Effect – Part 1". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ "The ultimate guide to Doctor Who's companions – and what they did next". Daily Mirror. 12 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Star Trek Continues".
  10. ^ "Doctor Who: Welcome to The Whoniverse where every Doctor, every companion and hundreds of terrifying monsters live". BBC Media Centre. BBC. 30 October 2023.

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