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Nicola Thorp
Born 30 September 1988
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Other names Nicola Sian
Nicola Sian Thorp[1]
Occupation Actress
Known for Coronation Street

Nicola Thorp (also known as Nicola Sian, born 28 November 1989 in Blackpool, Lancashire) is a British model[1] and actress who featured in Coronation Street as Nicola Rubinstein (2017-18). She competed for ITV in Sport Relief's "Clash of the Channels" boat race.[2]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Filmography
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life[edit]

Thorp was born in Blackpool and attended Arnold School where she was head girl[3][4] before studying acting at the London School of Acting between 2007 and 2010.[5]

Thorp made headlines in 2016 after going public about an experience she had at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a temp worker: she was sacked as a temp receptionist in London after refusing to wear high heels, something mandated by her agency's "female grooming" policies at the time.[2] An online petition that she started to highlight the situation was subsequently signed by nearly 110,000 people in less than 48 hours.[6] The petition gained support from the media and members of parliament including Margot James, Caroline Dinenage and Tulip Siddiq.[7] Thorp appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about her petition and clashed with Piers Morgan.

Thorp later appeared in front of a Parliamentary Select Committee to discuss the issue[8] and wrote pieces in newspapers laying out her stance that she is not anti-high heels, just that it should not be necessary for certain jobs.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Doctor Who Ellie Oswald Episode - "The Rings of Akhaten" (credited as Nicola Sian)[10]
2013 The Guilty Miss Bremner Three part serial[11]
2016 Father Brown Scarlett Finch Episode 5 - "The Hand of Lucia"[12]
2016 Doctors Jessica Nielson Episode 89 - "The Price of Memory"[13]
2017–2018 Coronation Street Nicola Rubinstein Regular role; 92 episodes[3]

Personal life[edit]

Thorp was born in Blackpool and her family still live in the North Shore area where they make Blackpool rock.[14][15]

In 2018 during an interview with Emma Barnett on Radio 5 Live, Thorp admitted to having been so depressed that it had led to a nervous breakdown some six years before.[16]

Thorp lives on a canal boat which she regularly moves to different moorings.[2][15]