The English actress and three-time SAG Award–winner is famously known for her starring role as Mrs. Patmore in the PBS TV drama series Downton Abbey. Nicol graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London in the early 1970s. She has appeared on stage in the West End musical Mamma Mia! and has guest-starred on numerous British and American TV series. She wrote an original musical about her life with pop songwriter Mark Mueller. Its first performance was given by Nicol and Mueller in 2017 at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, her alma mater, followed by a show in Hong Kong at the city’s historic Fringe Club theater. Nicol and her husband, Darbs, are dear friends of Viking, and when they have the time, they enjoy exploring the world with us.