Amy Nuttall

Amy Nuttall
Born Amy Abigail Nuttall
(1982-06-07) 7 June 1982
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Education Bury Grammar School for Girls
Alma mater Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
  • Actress
  • Singer
Spouse(s) Andrew Buchan (2012–present)
Awards Honorary Doctorate of Arts, University of Bolton

Amy Abigail Nuttall (born 7 June 1982) is an English actress and singer known for playing Chloe Atkinson in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2000 until 2005, and housemaid Ethel Parks in ITV period drama Downton Abbey.[1][2]

Early life

Nuttall was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester. She was educated at Bury Grammar School for Girls and trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. She performed with the National Youth Music Theatre, notably playing the lead role of Princess Ismene in Aurelius at the Tyne Opera House, Newcastle and the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh in August 1997.[3]


Nuttall is credited as the youngest actress to ever understudy and play the lead role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (at age 17) (National tour),[3] has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Old Trafford and won an edition of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes as Sarah Brightman.[4]

Shortly before leaving Emmerdale Nuttall appeared in Notes from New York at the Trafalgar Studios opposite Jon Lee and Julie Atherton. In 2005, she released her début album as a Classical vocalist Best Days on EMI Classics and filmed music videos for her tracks "Best Days", "No Greater Gift" and a version of "Scarborough Fair", which was heavily requested on Classic FM TV. Best Days peaked at number four in the UK classical chart and was nominated for album of the year at the 2006 Classical BRIT Awards.

In the same year, Nuttall took part in the Reality TV programme Celebrity Shark Bait,[5] which also featured Richard E Grant and Ruby Wax and appeared in Celebrate Oliver, a musical special for BBC1.[6]

In the Autumn of 2005, Nuttall toured the UK extensively as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady to critical acclaim. She shared the role with Lisa O'Hare on the National Tour due to other commitments with her first album. The tour started on 5 October 2005 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester and ended on 12 August 2006 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. In October 2006 she made her West End début as Sister Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre appearing opposite both Don Johnson and Patrick Swayze.[7]

In January 2007, Nuttall performed on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night with an 80-piece live orchestra and in May 2007, she joined the cast of the stage revival of Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre opposite Patricia Hodge, Mark Rylance and Roger Allam.[8] On 2 October 2007, Nuttall replaced Kim Medcalf in the London production of Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre,[9] transferring directly from her role in Boeing-Boeing. In April 2008, Nuttall's initial six-month contract was extended until the production's closure on 21 June. Nuttall appeared in Hotel Babylon in 2009 as Melanie Hughes, the new hotel receptionist.[2]

In June and July, Nuttall played one of the lead roles in the revival of the hit musical The Hired Man at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton.[10] She shared the role of the Lady of the Lake in the UK tour of Spamalot, which began on 18 October 2010 at the Edinburgh Playhouse.[11] From September 2011, Nuttall began appearing in series two of Downton Abbey, appearing as the new maid, Ethel.[12]

In December 2011 she appeared in Noises Off at London's Old Vic until March 2012. On 14 July 2011, Nuttall was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Bolton.[13][14] On 8 June 2013 Nuttall starred in the Saturday Drama on BBC Radio 4. Entitled The Weather Girl she played the lead role of Abigail, a prisoner whose mental state is assessed by a clinical psychologist.

Personal life

Nuttall dated fellow Emmerdale star Ben Freeman for four years.[15] She married long-term boyfriend, the actor Andrew Buchan, on 8 September 2012.[16]


Year Film/TV Series Role Notes
2000 Emmerdale Chloe Atkinson TV series (113 episodes: 2000–2005)
2005 Hotel Babylon Melanie Hughes TV movie
2008 Moving On Toni TV series
2009 Hotel Babylon Melanie Hughes TV series (2 episodes)
2011–2012 Downton Abbey Ethel Parks TV series (15 episodes: 2011–2012)
2013 By Any Means Hollie Goodridge TV series
2014 The Musketeers Agnes TV Episode; "The Exiles"
2014 The Keeping Room Moll Film, post-production
2015 Death in Paradise Sal Tyler TV series episode 4.4
2015 New Tricks Caitlin Standing TV series (2 episodes)
2015 Despite the Falling Snow Maya Film


  1. "Emmerdale's Chloe Atkinson (Amy Nuttall)". Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  2. 1 2 Moss, Adam (4 February 2009). "Amy's 5-star TV return". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  3. 1 2 "Amy Nuttall who plays Emmerdale's Chloe Atkinson". Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. "Official site". Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  5. "ITV nets stars for Celebrity Shark Bait". MediaGuardian. London: Guardian News and Media. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  6. "BBC Television Christmas highlights 2005". BBC Press Office. 22 November 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  7. "Vice guy Johnson takes a gamble with Guys and Dolls". Mail Online. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  8. "Nuttall to replace Outhwaite in Boeing-Boeing". The Stage. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  9. Cavendish, Dominic (6 December 2007). "Cabaret: Julian Clary pours on the sauce". London: Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  10. "Cast: Amy Nuttall in Octagon's Hired Man". 30 March 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  11. Spamalot UK Tour Cast. Retrieved on 11 February 2013.
  12. "Amy Nuttall filming new Downton Abbey". Click Lancashire. 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  13. "Star's joy at honour from university". The Bolton News. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012.
  14. "University celebrates student success". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  15. Ellis, James. (27 October 2009) Amy Nuttall | Metro News. Retrieved on 11 February 2013.
  16. Amy Nuttall joins Downton Abbey and reveals she is getting married to long-term boyfriend Andrew Buchan., 12 September 2011

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