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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]

Daniella 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. 24-07-09. Retrieved 7 November 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ "Blake’s 7 Reborn on Audio". 11-12-06. Retrieved 28 May 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Scotsman: Interview with Daniela Nardini". 7 February 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 

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Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:01:40 -0800

Daniela Nardini looks bemused. “Does it even happen anymore?” she wonders. “To be honest, I've no idea.” She's talking about a grand Scottish tradition but the actress, because she no longer stays up until breakfast-time on New Year's Day, lacks ...
Daily Mail
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:15:07 -0800

The fatal crash that shattered my world: This Life's Daniela Nardini on her shocking real life drama. By Jenny Johnston for the Daily Mail. Published: 17:11 EST, 28 February 2013 | Updated: 02:47 EST, 1 March 2013. View comments. New role: Daniela ...
Scottish Daily Record
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:51:50 -0700

THE mother-of-one says serving tables at her husband's Glasgow restaurant is unlikely as she hopes to return to a long-running TV series. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. Sunday Mail. Dog lover Daniela is working with Annie Griffin again. DANIELA ...

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Tue, 28 May 2013 23:40:22 -0700

JOINING the cast of Waterloo Road in Greenock has brought back some difficult memories for Largs girl Daniela Nardini. It's reminded her of getting the belt at school – and of the time her dad banned her from going out with a Greenock lad. The Bafta ...
The Courier
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:07:30 -0800

Guest stars for the series include This Life actress Daniela Nardini as council official Megan who proves more than a match for Bob. Things get tricky for Bob when his romantic pursuit of her manages to land him in court. Taggart's Alex Norton returns ...
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 04:00:43 -0700

My perfect weekend involves plenty of sleep. I love lie-ins, but it's not easy with a two year-old called Claudia Rose. The other requirement would be that my partner Ivan [Stein] isn't working. He was a civil servant when we met, but he's changed careers.
Radio Times
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:11:38 -0800

When term resumes at Waterloo Road secondary school next year, the pupils will have a new member of staff to contend with. Daniela Nardini – known to those of a certain age as Anna from cult BBC2 twentysomething drama This Life – will play a ...
Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:08:24 -0800

A WHILE back, Daniela Nardini mentioned, in an interview, that she was giving up her East London flat and moving back to Scotland for 12 months. It was meant to be a temporary arrangement; a chance to adjust to motherhood, and have a break from ...

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