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Nicola Duffett (born 22 January 1963) is an English actress.
Duffett was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Prior to her soap roles, Duffett played the key role of Mrs. Bast in Ismail Merchant and James Ivory's 1992 film adaptation of Howards End. In 2008, she played Big Mo in the BBC film Dustbin Baby.
She remains best known for two long-running soap opera roles. After appearing as Debbie Bates in EastEnders from 1993 to 1995, she went into the role of boozy floozie Cat Matthews in Family Affairs. Cat first appeared in Family Affairs in late 1998, and was a key character in the show's story lines until the series ended in December 2005.
She has appeared on stage in Simon Gray's Simply Disconnected at Chichester Festival Theatre; as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Helen of Troy in Troilus and Cressida at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park; and in Coming Up by James Martin Charlton at the Warehouse Theatre.
Duffett also took part in Reality TV programme Celebrity Fit Club, and appeared as Bronwen Jones in an episode of Torchwood entitled "Random Shoes". In 2016 she appeared in the BBC series The Coroner episode 2.4 "The Beast of Lighthaven" as Amy Penketh. In 2018 she starred in the BBC2 drama Collateral. She most recently appeared in ITV's Thriller drama Deep Water (2019)
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- "Look who's back! Nicola Duffett – best known as Debbie Bates in EastEnders – has a new TV role in Collateral". What's on TV. 7 February 2018.