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Daniela Nardini (born 26 April 1968, Largs) is a Scottish actress of Italian ancestry, who played Anna Forbes in the BBC Two television series This Life. The role earned her a BAFTA Best Actress award in 1998 and also earned her a Scottish BAFTA. She won a second Scottish BAFTA in 2009 for her role in Annie Griffin's New Town.

Early life[edit]

Daniela attended Largs Academy school, Nardini trained as an actress at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Her parents managed Nardini's, an ice cream parlour and restaurant in Largs. This was mentioned on the popular BBC lexicographical programme Balderdash & Piffle. Daniela spoke about her family in the context of the mysterious history of the 99 Flake ice cream.

When she was 16, her elder brother was killed in a car accident.[1] She was on the point of giving up acting and training to become a drama teacher when she was offered the part of Anna in This Life.[2]


She played ruthless estate agent, Meredith McIlvanney, in the Annie Griffin comedy-drama New Town, shown on BBC Four in February 2009, for which she won a Scottish BAFTA.[3] Other television appearances include Reckless (1997); Big Women (1998); Undercover Heart (1998); Love in the 21st Century (1999); Tube Tales (1999); Rough Treatment (2000); Sirens (2002); Outside the Rules (2002) and Quite Ugly One Morning (2004).

She appeared as Lady Huntly in the four-hour BBC epic Gunpowder, Treason & Plot in 2004, and played a shopaholic in Shiny, Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart, again for the BBC, in 2006. Also in 2006, she reprised the role of Anna Forbes for the 10th anniversary reunion episode of This Life (This Life +10), which was shown on BBC Two in January 2007, and in November 2007, she read a story for Junior Jackanory on CBeebies. She appeared in an episode of the Inspector Morse spin-off series Lewis in 2008.

She has appeared in several films, including Elephant Juice (1999), written by This Life creator Amy Jenkins; Cargo (2004), and Festival (2005), a film comedy about the Edinburgh Festival. Although the film was not well received by critics and performed poorly at the box office, it was nominated for six Scottish BAFTAs.

She also has extensive stage experience including the lead role in David McVicar's production of Camille at the Lyric, Hammersmith in 2003; Top Girls at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow (2004) and Cue Deadly at the Riverside Studios (2004). In 2005, Nardini appeared in the title role in Etta Jenks at the Finborough Theatre, London.[4] Between July and October 2009, she appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse in London.[5]

In 2007 Nardini played Servalan in B7 Productions Blake's 7 Audio adventures.[6]

In Late November 2012, Daniela Nardini joined the cast of BBC One’s award-winning drama Waterloo Road for the third instalment of its eighth series, currently filming on location in Greenock, Scotland. Daniela’s character, Esther Fairclough, is a passionate, driven but maverick science teacher who has an unconventional approach to inspiring her pupils. Daniela says: “Esther is mildly dangerous with the potential to get more so. She is passionate about her cause but unfortunately doesn't know how to encourage and promote her views without getting carried away.

Personal life[edit]

Nardini currently lives in Glasgow with her partner, Ivan Stein, a former civil servant-turned-chef, and their daughter. She had previously lived in Notting Hill in London, but moved back to Scotland after the birth of her daughter.[7]


  1. ^ ""The ice maiden; Profile: Daniela Nardini", from The Sunday Herald". The Sunday Herald. 27 April 2003. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  2. ^ ""Daniela Nardini: This life... and the next", from the Independent". The Independent (London). 10 July 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  3. ^ ""Daniela Nardini Looks for a Second Act in Life": The Scottish Herald". 7 November 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Logan, Brian (13 February 2005). "Etta Jenks, Finborough, London". The Independent. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  5. ^ ""Daniela Nardini: My Perfect Weekend": Daily Telegraph". London. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Blake’s 7 Reborn on Audio". 11 December 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scotsman: Interview with Daniela Nardini". 7 February 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:02:53 -0700

While the bumptious Miles (Jack Davenport) and the rapacious Anna (Daniela Nardini) were thrusting ahead with their legal careers, Egg was dropping out, flopping about listening to Portishead, banging on about Manchester United, trying to run a greasy ...


Wed, 16 Sep 2015 05:32:57 -0700

Sunset Song, a stern and windswept adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic Scottish novel, has been such a long-cherished project for Terence Davies he deserves at least two cheers just for getting it off his back. Soon after The House of Mirth ...


Wed, 05 Aug 2015 02:33:45 -0700

THE father of actress Daniela Nardini and so-called “ice-cream king” Aldo Nardini has died. Mr Nardini was part of the ice-cream dynasty which ran the famous art deco Nardini cafe in Largs, North Ayrshire.


Sat, 29 Nov 2014 04:52:36 -0800

EASY-GOING, modest, sweary, open and funny, Daniela Nardini is enjoying the roles that come her way – even if she is still a little typecast. Permanent skirt” is how Daniela Nardini is described in her latest role by Broughty Ferry burger baron Bob ...
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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:15:07 -0800

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