Nicola Walker

Nicola Walker

Nicola Walker - Hannah Stern, The Split


The Split is a British crime drama created by Abi Morgan. It follows the story of three sisters, Hannah, Nina and Rose. Hannah and Nina work as divorce lawyers for rival firms, while Rose is still searching for her place in the world. When their father returns after 30 years away, their entire lives are turned upside down.

Hannah Stern is a divorce lawyer. She is a senior partner in the family law practice of Noble & Hale, a rival to the family firm Defoe's where her younger sister works.

Thirty years ago, when Hannah was only 12 years old, her father left home. Deeply affected by his departure, she must quickly grow up to pick up the pieces and care for her devastated mother and her two younger sisters. Now, with a family of her own and twenty years of marriage to Nathan, Hannah seems to have it all. But when her father returns unexpectedly, the past resurfaces and she finds herself reassessing her life as she negotiates her departure from the family business to join rivals Noble & Hale.


Nicola Walker is an English actress. Cinema, television, theater or radio, nothing escapes her. She is best known for her roles as Ruth Evershed in the spy drama "Spooks" (2003-2011) and as Cassie Stuart in "Unforgotten" (2015-2021).

Upon graduating from Cambridge, she secured a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but having an agent and a few roles already, she decided to pursue her acting career, and performed at the Edinburgh Festival and the London Festival Fringe. She landed her first major television role in 1997 as Gypsy Jones in the adaptation of "A Dance to the Music of Time". In 2007, she had an important secondary role in the drama series "Torn". From 2012 to 2020, she appeared regularly as Gillian Greenwood in the BBC original series "Last Tango in Halifax", a performance that earned her two BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.

In the film industry, she has had minor roles. She played in the film adaptation of the series "Thunderbirds" in 2004 and, the following year, played a British journalist involved in the Rwandan genocide in "Shooting Dogs". In 2007, she appeared in the BBC's adaptation of Oliver Twist. But her most important film role was as the folk duo in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), singing "Can't Smile Without You" during the first church service.

On the radio, she first appeared in 2002 in "Neuromancer", a BBC production of William Gibson's cyberpunk novel. In 2011, she played the lead role of Medtech Liv Chenka in the Big Finish Productions audio drama "Doctor Who Robophobia".

Her theater credits include an Olivier Award in 2013 for Best Supporting Actress in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", a play that won seven Olivier Awards. In 2014, she starred in Arthur Miller's play "A View from the Bridge", which received extremely positive reviews. In 2022, she starred in the National Theatre of London's revival of Emlyn Williams' 1938 autobiographical play "The Corn is Green".


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