40s-50s, Manchester, Lancashire, Northern
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Nina is a writer, actor and comedian who, in 2021, was the winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.  Previous winners have included Johnny Vegas, Greg Davies, Jason Manford and Rhodd Gilbert. Nina is the third woman to win the award in its 28-year history.  In 2023 she won 'Best Act' at the  2023 North West Comedy Awards and soon after debuted her new show 'Trouser Town' at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2023.

She performed her brand new 2022 stand-up show ‘Late Developer’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival to a sold-out room and then went on to perform the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The show was one of the Scotsman’s Picks of the Festival. “Hilarious, had everyone in stitches the whole show. A seriously talented comedian, go see!!”

She trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) she received the award for best actor in her final year.

Nina is a skilled writer, creator and improviser and has written several comedy shows and plays including ‘Rescued’ Nominated for Best Comedy at Greater Manchester Fringe and ‘Broad Shoulders’ receiving 5-star reviews at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival.

Comedy Awards include Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Liverpool Hot Water Comedian of the Year and English Comedian of the Year Finalist. 

Nina regularly performs both in clubs and as tour support and has recently supported Clinton Baptiste, Rachel Fairburn and Jason Manford.  You can see her at The Comedy Store, Just the Tonic, The Frog and Bucket Manchester and all major clubs around the UK.  In 2024 she made her debut appearance at one of the World's leading comedy festivals, Altitude, in the Austrian Alps. 

"A bolshier Mrs Merton...she's not one to suffer fools lightly so watch out for a razor-sharp wit used at will" The Skinny

“One of my favourite comedians on the circuit” Toby Foster (Phoenix Nights)

A regular contributor to the news when they need a comedian to comment she has appeared on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky News. She hosted her own Radio Show called Gilligan’s Island on FAB Radio International. 

She is the co-founder eradicating sexual harassment in the live comedy circuit. 

Nina is from Salford in Manchester and has a native warm East Manchester accent.

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Altitude Festival (Stand-Up Comedy, 2024) – 'Self', Mayrhofen, Austria
Where To, Mate? (Radio, 2023) – 'Jo', Radio 4
Trouser Town (Stand-Up Comedy, 2023) – 'Herself', Leicester Comedy Festival
Nina Gilligan: Late Developer (Theatre, 2022) – Herself, Leicester Comedy Festival & Edinburgh Festival
Broad Shoulders (Theatre, 2019) – Herself, Edinburgh Festival
Rescued (Theatre, 2018-2019) – 'Self', comedy clubs and Manchester Fringe Festival

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Stand Up performance, Manchester 2017

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