Nicola Thorp is a broadcaster, actress, columnist and equality campaigner from Blackpool.
She can be seen as a regular panellist on This Morning, discussing politics and current affairs on the ‘Morning View’, as well as taking part in lively debates on 'The Talk' on Talk TV, BBC News and Good Morning Britain.
Having initially trained as an actress, Nicola is best known for her role as Nicola Rubinstein in Coronation Street, as well as roles in Doctor Who, The Guilty and Father Brown.
After being fired for refusing to wear high heels to the office, Nicola led a high profile anti-discrimination campaign which saw her challenging UK law and taking the issue to Parliament. Since then, she has continued to campaign for equality in the workplace, in society and in the media. It was during this campaign that Nicola found her feet in the world of broadcast journalism and as an outspoken feminist, she is often seen discussing women’s issues in the media.
In 2018, she took part in Clash of the Channels for BBC Sport Relief, where she was coached by Steve Redgrave to compete on the ITV rowing team.
Since 2018, Nicola has written a weekly column in the Metro covering topics such as mental illness, women’s rights, social justice and her hometown of Blackpool.
Nicola lives in London on her narrowboat called Nora and often writes about the benefits and challenges of life on the water, as well as letting This Morning viewers gain an insight on what it’s like to live on a boat...read more
Nicola is a proud Sandgrown’un (a person hailing from Blackpool), and is an ambassador for her hometown. The daughter of two rock-makers, Blackpool is in her blood, and she will talk to anyone and everyone about all that the town has to offer, as well as issues of deprivation faced by those living in the resort.
Nicola is an ambassador to two local charities, JFH and Streetlife, which focus on rehabilitation after addiction and youth homelessness in Blackpool.