Phoebe Nicholls (born Sarah Phoebe Nicholls in 1957) is an English film, television, and stage actress. She is known for her roles as Cordelia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited and as the mother of John Merrick in The Elephant Man.
Nicholls was born in London, England to actor Anthony Nicholls and actress Faith Kent. An undiagnosed dyslexic, she left school early. Upon leaving she trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
As a child actor in several films she was billed as Sarah Nicholls, appearing alongside her father, mother and sister Kate in her earliest performances. In her early-20's, she appeared in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, Michael Palin's The Missionary and most famously as Cordelia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. Since then, she has worked almost exclusively in television and theatre. Debuting in Tom Conti's original staging of Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 1978, she went on to perform in Robert Strura's revival of Three Sisters with Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Daldry's acclaimed National Theatre version of J.B. Priestly's An Inspector Calls and in the Olivier Award-winning productions of Pravda, with The Elephant Man co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins and Terry Johnson's Hysteria.
Nicholls married Brideshead Revisited director Charles Sturridge on 6 July 1985; they have three children. Their eldest son Tom Sturridge and daughter Matilda Sturridge are also actors.