Nicola Gardner appeared on Coronation Street in three roles:
- Dr. Cunningham, present when Zoe Tattersall gave birth to daughter Shannon in August 1997
- The Registrar who completed the official record of the birth of Simon Barlow in July 2003
- An unnamed Nurse in March and September 2008.
Studying at the North Cheshire Theatre School and the TVI Actors Studio in Los Angeles, her other credits include roles in Retrace, World of Lee Evans, Lamb of God, Emmerdale, Brookside and The Royal. On stage she has appeared in productions of The Changeling, The Cenci, A Raisin in the Sun, A Caribbean Abroad, Two Sides of the Same Coin, Mount Misery, The Tempest and Mwana.