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Supporting actress Phoebe Nicholls (billed as Sarah Nicholls in her earliest performances) has been on television, stage, and film since her childhood, specializing in period dramas. She made her film debut in The Pumpkin Eaters (1964), following it up with a small role in Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965). On television Nicholls may best be remembered for playing Cordelia in the internationally popular miniseries Brideshead Revisited (1982). Some of the films she has appeared in include David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) and Nicolas Roeg's made-for-television drama Heart of Darkness (1994). Nicholls has worked closely with director Charles Sturridge on different productions including his television miniseries Gulliver's Travels (1996), a stage production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, and in the feature film Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997).

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