Nikki Ann Sanderson (born 28 March
1984 in Blackpool, Lancashire) is an English actress and glamour model who
is best known for playing Candice Stowe in the television soap opera
Coronation Street. During her time at Coronation Street and since, she has
also forged a career as a glamour model and television presenter on
programmes such as CD:UK, Junior Eurovision and Ministry of Mayhem.
Sanderson joined Coronation Street in 1999 and left in Autumn 2005, when
her character left Weatherfield to become a stylist for Status Quo. Prior
to this, she had appeared in children's drama Children's Ward and in 2004,
the hit fitness DVD Coronation Street - Funk fit.
Since leaving Coronation Street she has appeared in episodes of the BBC
television series' Holby City and New Street Law alongside fellow
Coronation Street alumni Chris Gascoyne and Chris Bisson. British
newspaper The Daily Express stated that she was in the running to replace
Billie Piper as the Doctor's companion in Doctor Who, however Freema
Agyeman was chosen for the role. In 2006, Sanderson appeared in a touring
production of The Vagina Monologues with Jerry Hall amongst others and an
episode of Kay Mellor's Strictly Confidential.
A vocalist, Sanderson loves to show this side of herself off. She jumps at
the chance to sing at every opportunity; she is a self-confessed karaoke
enthusiast. She has made several television appearances singing, most
notably on ITV's Madonna Mania, Discomania, Abba Mania 2 and Celebrity
Stars in Their Eyes, where her impression of LeAnn Rimes, singing the
smash hit theme from the film Coyote Ugly, 'Can't Fight The Moonlight'
earned her the winner's spot. She has also appeared on The X Factor:
Battle Of The Stars in the solo 16-24 category, mentored by Sharon
Osbourne where she was eliminated fifth. At the time, though, Sanderson
was suffering from tonsillitis and was straining her voice to sing.
She has appeared in several British men's magazines in lingerie and other
provocative outfits. She has appeared on the cover of Loaded magazine and
in August 2005, the cover of Maxim magazine and in June 2006 the cover of
FHM as the headlining feature of the issue, combining a photo shoot and
exclusive interview with one of the magazine's journalists.
For 2006 and 2007, she was signed up by hip sports fashion footwear brand
KangaROOS to head up their high-profile new print advertising campaign.
She will shortly be seen in the new independent film Clubbed and in
episodes of Cold Blood for ITV and The Afternoon play for BBC One.
In June 2007, it was reported that Sanderson would make a brief return to
Coronation Street in Autumn 2007, when her character, Candice Stowe, turns
up during the build up to another characters wedding. However these
reports were later dismissed by Sanderson during an appearance on ITV's
Loose Women due to "scheduling problems".
She appeared in the "Tuareg Productions" play Living under one roof at the
Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 26 - 30 June 2007.
She appeared in the second series of All Star Family Fortunes which aired
on 25 December 2007.
In 2008 she joined the cast of the ITV1 series, Heartbeat, set in the
1960s, to play the part of Dawn Bellamy. She played the part of Audrey in
the new straight-to-DVD film Boogeyman 3 due for release in 2009. And she
plays the character Gee Gee, a dance teacher, in the 2008 film Clubbed, an
underworld drama set in the early 1980s.
Gawain (2010) .... Elaine
"Heartbeat" .... Dawn Bellamy (30 episodes, 2008-2009)
... aka Classic Heartbeat (UK: rerun title)
- Sweet Sorrow (2009) TV episode .... Dawn Bellamy
- Pass the Parcel (2009) TV episode .... Dawn Bellamy
- The Open Door (2009) TV episode .... Dawn Bellamy
- My One and Only (2009) TV episode .... Dawn Bellamy
- Jobs for the Boys (2009) TV episode .... Dawn Bellamy
Boogeyman 3 (2008) (V) .... Audrey
Clubbed (2008) .... Gee Gee - Dance Teacher
"Cold Blood" .... Lara (1 episode, 2007)
... aka Cold Blood III (UK: informal title)
- Interference (2007) TV episode .... Lara
"New Street Law" .... Sammy Dean / ... (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
- Episode #2.2 (2007) TV episode .... Sammy Dean
- Episode #1.8 (2006) TV episode .... Sammy Dean
- Episode #1.2 (2006) TV episode .... Sammy
"The Afternoon Play" .... Natalie Bucklethwaite (1 episode, 2007)
- The Real Deal (2007) TV episode .... Natalie Bucklethwaite
"Strictly Confidential" .... Tiffany (2 episodes, 2006)
- Episode #1.6 (2006) TV episode .... Tiffany
- Episode #1.1 (2006) TV episode .... Tiffany
"Holby City" .... Monica Southworth (1 episode, 2006)
... aka Holby (UK: informal short title)
- We Gave Her All Our Love (2006) TV episode .... Monica Southworth
Coronation Street: Pantomime (2005) (TV) .... Candice Stowe
"Coronation Street" .... Candice Stowe (57 episodes, 1999-2005)
... aka Corrie (UK: informal title)
... aka The Street (UK: informal title)
- Episode #1.6121 (2005) TV episode .... Candice Stowe
- Episode #1.6119 (2005) TV episode .... Candice Stowe
- Episode #1.6101 (2005) TV episode .... Candice Stowe
- Episode #1.6102 (2005) TV episode .... Candice Stowe
- Episode #1.6100 (2005) TV episode .... Candice Stowe
"TV Burp" .... Candice Stowe (1 episode, 2003)
... aka Harry Hill's TV Burp (UK: complete title)
- Episode #2.1 (2003) TV episode .... Candice Stowe
"Children's Ward" (1989) TV series .... Abbie (unknown episodes,
... aka The Ward (UK: new title)