Nicole Faraday is an award winning television, film and theatre actress best known for her portrayal of Snowball Merriman, the glamorous murderess in two series of ITV's smash-hit television series Bad Girls, also recently re-screened on CBS. She is also familiar as former series regular Dr Heather Lincoln in BBC's Casualty, and as the man-eater 'Veronica' in ITV's Emmerdale.
Previous television credits include Doctors, Kingdom, The Bill, Bad girls and many more.
I met Nicole whilst I was in Essex staying at the same hotel as herself and Chesney Hawkes, they were doing a show near by.
I was sitting with her brother Chris on the terrace and he mentioned that Nicole was an actress best known for her role in Bad Girls, that was it I had to meet her.
Without me acting like a celebrity stalker I waited for her to find her brother and she did!
Nicole was so down to earth and we spoke for hours.
I told her all about my life in the industry and we got on like a house on fire, even to the point of exchanging social media links (It wasn't the right time to swap numbers lol).
Ever since that day we have stayed in contact and she is one of the most humble Actresses I have met and I have met a few. - Carla Buckingham
Nicole on 'whats been happening in lockdown'
Whilst in Lockdown I have been Just keeping my head above water really .. as a performer all my work was cancelled overnight, even prior to lockdown theatres and live music events were cancelled and shut down and because of the close proximity of actors on film sets, they were also shut down. I had to quickly fill the void and I am pleased to say I now have had my own body shop store online for a month now so that is keeping me really busy and earns me a bit to keep me going before I can perform again here is my link.
I have always been a bit addicted to social media so I have been using it a lot more now but I think, maybe others can relate, that it is a life line for us at the moment and I am using it non-stop both to advertise my business, connect with work contacts and for video messaging my friend and family for a chat, I just recently met my new niece via facebook messenger chat!
Along side my body shop business I have also been taking photographs .. I am passionate about my environment and beautiful local surroundings down here in Dorset, I love story telling through photos, I have added my snaps below the blog.
I have also got creative with me 3 year old nephew ..Painting stones from the beach, making squidgy soap and liquid soap from odds and ends, painting rainbows and making cakes. I decorated my bike with silk Singapore orchids round the basket and the new bell, I have used the bell a-lot! I have a couple of were I teach an online TV masterclass coming up, and I will also be taking part in a Guerilla, Unrehearsed, Shakespeare Production of 'The Merry wives of Windsor' With a worldwide cast!
The industry has changed immeasurably .. many projects will be shelved or cancelled for good as people have lost money and time and investors may well no longer be able to invest. Plus the close way people work together on TV and film projects physically will have to change that too, at least for the time being .. lots of work will be filmed as it is currently, remotely .. with many more monologues, castings will also all be by self tapes and not in person and new multi screens will be used to tell a story.
This situation though is frustrating for me on every level. My new house fell through due to Covid related money issues and logistics .. so much work has been cancelled. Not being able to see my new niece and support my sister in person .. not being able to hug and being around my beautiful friends .. I am single too and not getting any younger, so I feel like I am treading water on that score. But I count my blessings that none of my close friends or family have succumbed to this terrible illness thank heavens.
When all this is over I WILL PARTY LIKE NEVER BEFORE! and obviously spend time with distant family, friends and loved ones ... being 'out,out', free swimming in the sea and having a cider in the sunshine. Oh, and cuddling with my baby niece.
For people who are struggling right now I think the best thing to do is what you feel able to do. It is natural to feel displaced, anxious and fearful for the future. Sadness and depression too as this is unlike anything we as a world have ever been through before. Do what you need to do to get through this, and we will get through this. Reach out to people via telephone, email or social media, use the opportunity to learn a new skill .. read lots .. take inspiration from people you can like Captain Tom or hibernate in a little ball under the duvet. There are always people you can help or even just smile at to make their day. Be at one with humanity as we are all going through this together. Take good care of yourself.
To find out more about what Nicole is up to please visit www.nicolefaraday.co.uk
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