• British actress, Nadia Sofia Parkes, best known for roles in “Domina”, “Starstruck”, and “The Spanish Princess”
• Raised in a tight-knit family with sister, Michaella Lara Parkes
• Graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2018
• First person cast in “The Spanish Princess”, and has guest-starred in “Doctor Who”
• Close friends with Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas; fitness enthusiast and vegetarian; phobia of rats
Nadia Sofia Parkes is a British actress, perhaps best known for her role as Young Livia in “Domina”, Sophie Diller in “Starstruck”, and Rosa De Vargas in “The Spanish Princess”. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about the actress.
Early Life, Family, Educational Backgroundkknown
Nadia Sofia Parkes was born on 31 December 1995 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn, in London, England, to Francesca Maria Marchetti and her father whose name is unknown. She’s of White British ethnicity and holds British nationality.
Nadia (who was nicknamed Noodle) and her sister Michaella Lara Parkes were raised by their parents in a tight-knit family. She also told Vanity Fair that the person she admires most in the world is her ‘Papa’.
She matriculated from The King’s High School for Girls before moving on to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 2018.
Way before Parkes made her foray into Hollywood, she built up a solid foundation with the theater group LAMDA, starring in over 20 theater productions even before she graduated.
Some of the minor productions she appeared in are “Punk Rock” as Sissy, “Celebration” as Suki, and Lois Fisher in “Children’s Hour”.
Some prominent plays she was cast in are “Much Ado About Nothing” (as Beatrice), “Women of Troy” (as Helen of Troy), and “The Taming of the Shrew” (as Grumio).
During her third year at LAMDA, Nadia Parkes went for only her third audition, gunning for the role of Catherine of Aragon in “The Spanish Princess”. However, after watching her audition, the directors immediately knew she was right for the role of Rosa De Vargas, and a few weeks later, Nadia started filming. She was the first person cast for the series.
Rosa de Vargas was the lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon (played by Charlotte Hope), in the movies based on the novels: “The King’s Curse” and “The Constant Princess”. Other prominent cast members include Laura Carmichael, Aaron Cobham, Elliot Cowan, Richard Pepper, and Alicia Borrachero.
Nadia Parkes said that she ‘had the time of her life’ in the six months spent on set, acting opposite Charlotte Hope.
However, ten months after her big break, she didn’t get any more roles, except for guest-starring in an episode of the British science fiction series, “Doctor Who” (2020). so in that time she started working at a special needs school for children. Looking back on her role in the famous series, Nadia Parkes told model Grace McGovern that she was obsessed with the show when she was 12 years old. ‘It was literally a young me’s dream.’
Later on, she would appear as Young Livia in Sky Atlantic’s historical drama series, “Domina”.
The series is centered on the life of Livia Drusilla, a naive young girl who would eventually become one of the most powerful women in the ancient world, determined to avenge her father, and make her sons powerful. She was cast alongside Kasia Smutniak, Claire Folarni, Tom Glynn-Carney and Matthew McNulty.
In 2021, Nadia was billed to play the role of Sophie Diller in “Starstruck”, a comedy series about a London-based millennial navigating two jobs, whose life takes a turn for the complicated when she accidentally sleeps with a movie star. She was cast alongside Nikesh Patel, Emma Sidi, Nic Sampson and Rose Matafeo.
Nadia Parkes was a guest in the very first episode of the podcast “Village People With Simon & Mark” in 2019. The podcast involves the two hosts interviewing fictional people from a fictional village, and in her segment, Nadia portrayed a dramatist named Catherine Moonshine. Then, she also appeared as a guest on the first episode of “Your Q” on 1 July 2021.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Nadia Parkes named Italian actress Sophia Loren as her greatest influence in the industry.
Ms. Parkes is now managed by the Independent Talent Agency.
Personal Life, Relationship
In June of 2020, Tom Holland and Nadia Parkes went public with their relationship, which buzzed in the media for days. They were reportedly introduced by actress Sophie Turner and singer Joe Jonas, moved in together and spent the most part of the lockdown together. However, Tom and Nadia reportedly broke up in February 2021. Nadia Parkes once described herself as ‘very emotional and sensitive.’
The actress has 110,000 followers on her verified Instagram page (@nadia.parkes), who keep up with her daily life and acting career.
Appearance, Clothing Style
Nadia Sofia Parkes is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, weighs about 123lbs (56kgs), and has long dark brown hair that sweeps over her shoulders, with brown eyes to match. Nadia loves to wear long, fitted dresses for the red carpet. For regular outings, she wears baggy jeans and tee-shirts.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- Nadia Parkes is a fitness enthusiast.
- She’s also a vegetarian, but loves Chinese and Italian cuisine.
- Sophie Turner is one of her closest friends.
- Nadia loves traveling with friends.
- Her top three favorite movies of all time are “The Sound of Music”, “Whiplash”, and “About Time”.
- Rats are her biggest phobia.
Net Worth and Salary
In late 2021, 25-year old actress Nadia Parkes has an estimated net worth of close to $1 million, from her short but successful acting career. She also earns additional income through sponsored ads, and fashion modeling. Details of property owned by Ms. Parkes and her family remain undisclosed.