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Nicola Pagett (born as Nicola Mary Scott, 15 June 1945, Cairo, Egypt) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs. Born in Cairo, Nicola Pagett spent most of her childhood out of England — in Hong Kong, Cyprus and Japan, the family moving with her father who worked for a major oil company. She was educated at St. Maur International School, in Yokohama, Japan, the oldest international school in Asia. In 1962 Nicola entered Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she studied for two years. In 1964 Nicola appeared in several productions with Worthing Repertory Company. Then her performance in the television play Girl in the Picture caught the attention of Sir Robert Helpmann who cast her to tour with Vivien Leigh in the stage play La Contessa. Pagett played the title role in a 1977 BBC adaptation of Anna Karenina, and she gave a memorable performance in David Nobbs's TV series A Bit of a Do. She has appeared in a variety of films including The Viking Queen (1967), Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Operation Daybreak (1975) and Oliver's Story (1978).