Nicola Walker made a name for himself in the UK when he co-starred with Sean Bean in the BBC One drama Marriage.
The actress who played Emma next to Ian in Bean has been hailed by critics for her portrayal of the mundane realism of married life.
With a ton of credits including BBC One's ITV crime dramas Unforgotten and The Split, Walker has been a viewer favorite for years.
Nicola Walker stars as Gillian in Halifax's Last Tango alongside Sarah Lancashire (bottom left), Ann Reid (top left) and Derek Jacobi (top right).
Walker, 52, is currently starring in BBC One's drama Marriage alongside Sean Bean, which premiered on Sunday night.
Alongside Stephen Mangan, Walker plays Hannah Stern in the BBC One drama The Split.
Viewers of ITV's Unforgotten were devastated when Walker's character, DCI Cassie Stuart, was killed off at the end of the fourth series.
However, the humble actress often downplays her success and lives a quiet life off camera.
Walker is no stranger to portraying the complexities of married life in her on-screen roles, but she's been relatively quiet about her marriage to fellow actor Barnaby Kay.
It's unclear where the couple met, but they have a son named Harry who was born in 2006.
In an interview with radio timesWalker said the reason she and Kay decided to get married was because they lost their parents when they were young.
She's also a West End winner!
In 2012, Nicola's career took a gear. She won the Olivier Award for “The Strange Incident That Happened to the Dog in the Midnight” at the National Theatre.
She also moved to Broadway for her critically acclaimed performance in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic/Wyndham Theater in 2014.
Nicola has also performed at the Royal Court and Hampstead Theatre.
Theater Stars: Nicola Walker and Mark Strong, Phoebe Fox, Young Vic/Wyndham's Theater in A View From The Bridge
She admitted that it was “not the most romantic reason to get married”, but “it was the only reason I signed the paper”.
The actress added: “I'm not very much an advocate of marriage in real life.
Her foray into acting was unconventional and allowed her to attend youth theater and meet boys while she was in school.
But intelligent and hardworking students were able to enter New Hall College, Cambridge University. It was there that her talent began to shine, putting her alongside other now-famous faces.
Her “college mother” was comedian and former co-presenter of The Great British Bake Off, Sue Perkins.
Nicola was introduced to the Footlights, a Cambridge theater club by Sue, where she also performed with Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz.
Walker made his screen debut as a folk singer performing at the ceremony in Richard Curtis's Four Weddings and a Funeral, while Simon Callow's Gareth made his own dramatic death in the pew. I forged it.
Since then, she has thrilled television audiences with her first big gig in the spy drama Spooks and top dramas on the BBC and ITV.
Walker played eccentric analyst Ruth Evershed on the show. She had to fake her own death after her Ruth Evershed was accused of murdering her prison staff.
During Walker's time on the show, Walker's character had a romance with Harry Pearce (played by Peter Firth).
After appearing for several seasons on the show, Walker's character was killed in the Spy finale after being stabbed – just as she and Harry planned their retirement together.
Nicola hasn't made public appearances with her husband, Barnaby Kay, but recently said they decided to get married for the sake of their son, Harry.
Walker was introduced to Cambridge's Footlights Drama Group by her college ‘mother', Sue Perkins
Walker and Perkins, who are still friends today, also met Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz in Footlights
Walker made her big screen debut as Ruth Evershed in British spy drama ‘Spooks'
Walker has become a familiar face on our screens after a huge success of the classy spy drama that ran on BBC One for a total of 10 seasons.
In 2012, she starred in Halifax's Last Tango, playing the role of Gillian the Shepherd, the complete opposite of her sister Caroline (played by Sarah Lancashire).
daily telegraph Sally Wainwright hailed Walker's role in the comedy/drama as a ‘game-changer' in her career
The Essex-born actress later admitted that she didn't think she'd get the role after her audition because she wasn't confident with her Yorkshire accent.
In 2015, she had a lead role as DCI Cassie Stuart in the gritty ITV drama Unforgotten alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar's Sunil ‘Sunny' Khan.
However, viewers were left devastated at the end of Series 4 when Cassie died in a car accident.
After she left the show, the ITV boss sang Walker's eulogy.
“ITV thanks Nicola Walker for his brilliant role as Kathy Stuart in four series of Unforgotten that have become one of television's most beloved and critically acclaimed police dramas. I think that I want to do it.”
Walker explained that Cassie's stint on the show was never long-term.
She told Radio Times: So it was a very collaborative and long-planned decision.
Over the past few years, Walker's schedule has been jam-packed as he juggles filming Halifax's haunting, final tango, Split, with Stephen Mangan.
Walker's character, who plays Hannah Stern, a powerful lawyer who has been married to Manganese's Nathan for 20 years, finds her life in turmoil when her estranged father, Oscar, returns to the picture. , returns to the old flame arms.
With Walker's marriage debut, her career remains as busy as ever.
It was confirmed last week that she would be returning to Alibi Network's Annika as Glasgow-based detective Annika Stranded.
As part of the Maritime Homicide Squad, DSI is tasked with solving a gruesome murder on a Scottish waterway, but he also successfully builds a relationship with his daughter's psychiatrist.
Walker made a name for himself playing spies and cops, but said he wouldn't rule out taking on similar roles in the future, as long as the scripts were correct.
She said: “I want to play another detective.
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