Who Is Nicola Cavendish (Connie on Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’)?

Now that Lizzie has become a crucial character on Netflix’s Virgin River, we started looking more into Nicola Cavendish, who plays Lizzie’s aunt, Connie. Not only has the 69-year-old been acting for many years, but she’s also appeared in several familiar titles.

In honor of the season 4 premiere, keep scrolling for everything we know about Virgin River star Nicola Cavendish.

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1. Who Is Nicola Cavendish?

She’s a talented actress, director and playwright, who hails from the U.K. Although she got her start in theater, she has since made a name for herself as an on-screen actress. The actress previously revealed that she puts her heart and soul into every project.

“I feel such a huge responsibility to make these people real. You borrow from the deepest parts of your own knowledge and experiences,” she said. “Be they pleasant or painful, unforgettable or completely banal, you're taking that up out of your memory tissue and pulling it to the foreground on behalf of the character, because she needs it, because she knows what abandonment is, what it means to feel out of control.”

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2. Does She Play Connie On 'virgin River'?

That’s 100 percent accurate. She plays Connie, the owner of Virgin River’s General Store and Paige’s Bakeaway. Although she’s technically not a main character, she’s still a respected resident of the small town. In season three, Connie receives more screen time after welcoming her troubled niece, Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale), into her home. The fourth season picks up right where the previous installment ends, with Ricky (Grayson Gurnsey) preparing to leave for the Marines.

3. What Happens To Connie In 'virgin River' Season 4?

In season 4, Connie is still running the town’s famous bakery cart, with assistance from her niece, Lizzie. In addition to parenting the teenager, Connie is also a proud member of the knitting circle (who, FYI, are still mourning the death of their friend, Lilly).

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4. What Else Has She Been In?

Cavendish began her career in the entertainment industry with small roles in TV shows like Huckleberry Finn and His Friends, The Beachcombers, Street Legal, The L Word, Men in Trees, The Guard and The Returned. She also made several appearances in television movies, including The Diviners, The Memory Book, The Christmas Secret and The Christmas Note. However, her most noteworthy roles (aside from Virgin River) are playing Principal Pepper in Air Bud and Helen in The Romeo Section.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...