Nicol originally hails from Yonkers, New York. She started her career as a “conjunction” in her fifth grade Parts of Speech production and reenacted many episodes of Charlie’s Angels (the original series) in her grandmother’s backyard. For a short time she was torn between becoming a cop or an actor but ultimately decided that it was for the good of the community if she stuck to trying to play a cop on tv.
Years later, Nicol is a proud member of two distinguished theatre companies across two coasts that bring together both ends of the theatrical spectrum: New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, dedicated to the development of new work in the theatre and Los Angeles’ A2 Ensemble, The Antaeus Company’s academy group, dedicated to keeping classical theatre alive.
Select theatre credits include: The Capulets and the Montagues(Andak Stages/New Place Theatre), Cousin Bette, Stage Door, Classicsfest 2010 (The Antaeus Company), Richard III (The Charlens Company), Swingin’ with Petula (Ensemble Studio Theatre LA/Studio 6), Romeo and Juliet (Princeton Rep), The Winter’s Tale (Stonington Opera House), Henrietta Hermaline’s Fall From Great Heights, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and Arthur Miller's Clara (Alumni Theatre Westchester).
Nicol has also had leading roles in the independent features Too Much Sleep (Independent Spirit Award nominee), Zig Zag, Manhattan Chase and HOME (Best Actress nominee and Best Feature winner, Trenton Film Festival). Other film credits include: Lower than the Angels, the short film ECHOES, and the recently completed Tympanum. She has numerous commercials to her credit and had a recurring role in the Pehchaan series for Hum TV, a 24-hour Pakistani entertainment channel.
She is an Audio Book Narrator, full-contact kick-boxer, shower-singer, dog-lover, Yankee fan (born and raised), and loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes. Nicol’s last name, Zanzarella, means peste piccola or “little pest” which may account for her quick jab and mean left hook. She is grateful for the weekends she spent with her dad at the radio station that he ran, and for the studio time she spent with her mom, a potter and artist. She currently lives in Los Angeles... However, you can take the girl out of Yonkers but you can’t take the Yonkers out of the girl!