Nina Muschallik was already making her way in the movie world prior to joining Dream Team in Series 5, with well-noted appearances in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "The World Is Not Enough" (1999). Nina trained at Maidenhead's Redroofs Theatre School, making her television debut in ITV series "Kappatoo" (1990). With other roles in films "High Explosive" and "Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard The Orient Express" (both 2001), Nina was cast as Nikki Peggs in Dream Team that year.
SEPTEMBER 29TH 2012
Probably the nicest female character the show ever produced, Nikki was a loyal servant to Harchester United, with Nina appearing across 100 episodes of the show, making her the third Dream Team actress to hold that title. Over Nina's four years with the show, viewers followed Nikki's journey from the unlucky-in-love and downtrodden Team co-Ordinator in the purple and black uniform, to conquering her doubters and becoming a fully-fledged business woman and football agent. But still unlucky-in-love! She was the hard-working, good friend to those around her you wanted to see have a happy ending, which thankfully, she did!
A recent film role for Nina was "Knife Edge" (2009) while her commercial credits include Right Guard which took her to Cape Town, Fosters Bear filmed in Spain, Nuts Magazine and a fondly-remembered Pot Noodle advertising campaign.
When she isn't appearing in front of the camera, Nina is a partner in a wedding hair and beauty business, NK Hair and Beauty. She also has a career as an acting coach for children with dreams of entering the acting and entertainment world, with 100 students currently on her books. Nina discusses all this below along with her 007 memories as the franchise reaches its 50th anniversary, and her hopes of Dream Team making a comeback one day.
When she isn't appearing in front of the camera, Nina is a partner in a wedding hair and beauty business, NK Hair and Beauty.
She also has a career as an acting coach for children with dreams of entering the acting and entertainment world, with 100 students currently on her books. Nina discusses all this below
along with her 007 memories as the franchise reaches its 50th anniversary, and her hopes of Dream Team making a comeback one day.
With Claudia learning of another of Stevie's fiancée’s!
5.4  The Decider (07/10/01)
Celebrating brother Gary's debut for the First Team
5.5  Situation Vacant (14/10/01)
Safe with Stevie, after escaping danger from Linton
5.29  In The Name Of The Father (14/04/02)
Casting a love spell with Sandra, all for Mr. Wallis
6.22  Signs and Wonders (09/03/03)
Nikki gets an eyeful of Phil!
6.27  48 Hours (13/04/03)
Married to Jeff!
7.18  Enter The Dragon (01/02/04)
Undermined by Tash... again!
7.27  In His Hands (04/04/04)
Last days with Lee
8.3  Last Exit to Harchester (31/10/04)
How did your casting for Nikki come about?
I read in an interview you did with harchesterunited.org that you lived with Frances Ruffelle (Dawn Spears) while you were doing Dream Team?
Interesting about you living with Francis, I didn't recall the two of you having much screen time together. Although Nikki played a big part in rescuing Claudia after she'd been kidnapped by Dawn...
Nikki's friendship with Claudia (Georgia Zaris) was great. It had that element of poor girl/rich girl to it, like they were from two different worlds... despite a few hiccups along the way, it worked.
As for her luck in relationships, it never really went that well for Nikki did it?
Getting back on track with Stevie only for him to die...
Another was with Phil (Neil Jackson) I remember that infamous first date they tried to have where he appears naked in front of her on the pitch. Did Neil really have to stand in front of you nude for that scene?
It looked like the middle of winter too, when it was filmed...
Still on the relationship side, Nikki's relationship with Lee (James Watts) was very electric. Both sides like how she was his agent and then secret girlfriend...
I did think there was great chemistry between you and James during those scenes...
I thought it was great how Nikki evolved professionally during your time with the show. I thought 'Business Nikki' when she became an agent was a wonderful move...
I remember there was a beautiful scene when Tash (Angela Saunders) returned, and when they'd known each other previously, Nikki was lower down the ladder from Tash. But now as an agent, she knew Tash was coming home, so Nikki went and put lipstick on and was waiting with a glass of white wine especially for when Tash walked in...
Just to make an effort of looking sophisticated...
I think out of Dream Team's female characters there was you as Nikki, Alison as Lynda, and Angela as Tash that went on the biggest journeys professionally. Most likely due to the writers, and you as actresses' years of dedication to the characters.
Definitely. Or on DVD, but what with the upcoming release of a 'Brookside Best Of' for the first time, you never know what the future will bring
A lot of people would like that to happen, because it's not been forgotten. It's very much alive online
That's good to hear they're making a success of it... Onto your other roles, I see you starred with your sister Abbe in a couple of projects, Saving Private Ryan and Guest House Paradiso
Another one of your films was The World Is Not Enough...
I saw a feature for the 50th Anniversary of the 007 franchise on the Greatest Bond Girl Names. Verushka sounds exotic enough but unfortunately not there for she was one of Zukovsky's (Robbie Coltrane's) girls...
And I see you were cast in a couple of Harry Alan Towers projects; High Explosive and Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express
Knife Edge was a recent film you did too
Outside of acting, you're a partner in a wedding beauty business, NK hair and beauty - tell us about that. How did you get started?
That must be such a rewarding experience. Knowing the part you play on one of the most important days of a woman's life.
I also have 100 students that I coach for acting. I see that many in a week, and then get them to do LAMDA exams as well, which is the biggest acting award body in the world. So I get them ready for that and then put them forward for their exams. I work with kids a lot and enjoy teaching them, so with the wedding business and the acting and coaching I'm just rushing around all the time!
Would it be like educating them on moving into the area of acting and getting them prepared for it?
I see you've also done a lot of commercial work as well, worked in some far away places, like Right Guard filmed in Cape Town...
The recession hit the industry hard didn't it?
Yeah absolutely. The money used to be ridiculously amazing where as now it's not as good what with the recession and budgets. So you've got to do as many different things as possible, you need something to fall back on if one thing doesn't work out. Like when I left Dream Team I was thinking "I need something in case I don't get this job" and that's when I went and trained in the hair and make-up and set up the business. And with that and the work with the kids I'm safe, but I know so many people who've been made redundant or looking for work and really struggling. It's going to get better eventually, but for now you've just got to get out there and see what you can get.