1. Nicola Jane Bryant is an English actress known for her role as Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown, a companion of the Doctor in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1984 to 1986.
2. Bryant grew up in a small village near Guildford in Surrey, the older of two daughters of Sheila and Denis Bryant.
3. Beginning dance classes at the age of three, Bryant also began to learn the piano.
4. Upset by this development, she joined a local amateur dramatic group.
5. On leaving school, she auditioned for all of the London drama schools and took up a scholarship to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
6. In her final year there, she played the part of Nanette in a production of the musical No, No, Nanette.
7. Her character was American and for a while a publicity-driven fiction was maintained suggesting Bryant was also American, something Bryant had herself claimed in press interviews when she landed the part.
8. During her final season on Doctor Who, the actress was allowed to dress more conservatively on the show.
9. Bryant appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Two Doctors , and she enjoyed working with Patrick Troughton, who returned as the Second Doctor.
10. In the early-mid-1990s, she co-starred with Baker in a series of made-for-video science fiction films entitled The Stranger for BBV, although the first few films in the series were little more than Doctor Who episodes in disguise.
11. She also appeared alongside Baker, Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Jon Pertwee in another BBV production, The Airzone Solution, which includes a love scene between Baker and Bryant.
12. Bryant has reprised the role of Peri in several of the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who spin-off audio plays, appearing both with Peter Davison and Colin Baker.
13. She also directed UNIT: The Wasting and Judge Dredd: 99 Code Red!.
14. In the summer of 2009, Bryant filmed an improvised documentary-style film for Australian director Ben Briand as well as recording eight audio stories for Big Finish as a “missing season” of adventures for Doctor Who.
15. On 2 March 2010 she appeared in Holby City as a television news reporter, and in 2011 she featured in the Dark Shadows audio drama The Blind Painter.