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Erica Noughton
First appearance Erica Noughton (episode 2.01)
Last appearance Alexis Stone II (episode 6.07)
Created by Ryan Murphy
Portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave
Gender Female
Age 60s
Occupation Child psychologist
Family Matt McNamara (grandson)
Annie McNamara (granddaughter)
Conor McNamara (grandson)
Jenna McNamara (great-granddaughter)
Children Julia McNamara

Dr. Erica Noughton is a character on the American television series Nip/Tuck. She is the mother of Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson), a main character in the show. She is portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, who is also Joely Richardson's mother. She appears in a total of ten episodes throughout the series.


Fictional character biography

Erica is Julia McNamara's narcissistic mother who often belittles Julia, by believing, and often showing in many ways, that Julia has wasted her life by not becoming a medical doctor. She is also a Columbia University graduate with a Ph. D. in clinical psychology, which often plays into her narcissism.


Season 2

Erica first appears on the show in the first episode of the second season. She comes from New York, where she resides, to Miami to visit Julia and her family. She believes that Julia has distanced her too much from the family because she sees her as a threat. Once she arrives, she approaches Sean and Julia with an interesting request. She asks for a face lift. Julia and Sean are both very shocked by her words. Erica claims she wants the face lift for professional reasons. After Sean and Julia agree to support her, Erica then asks Sean to do the face lift. Julia then firmly tells her that you cannot get your son-in-law to perform surgery on yourself. It is later decided that Christian is going to do the surgery. While in the consultation, Erica breaks down and begins to tell how she feels weak and pathetic to come to the point of wanting a face lift. Christian then comforts her by telling a personal story of his where he was recently rejected by a young girl due to his now aging looks. The scene ends with Erica guiding Christian's hands up her skirt and the both of them smiling. She later tells Julia about this, which infuriates Julia at both her mother and Christian. Christian then performs the surgery. She then spends the next episode recovering from the surgery.

Once Erica has finally healed from the surgery, she is up actively again, only to meet her match. While Julia is being interviewed by her new possible life coach, Ava Moore, Erica interrupts only to try to belittle Ava and the concept of a life coach. Ava then states how she disagrees with the idea of a therapist, knowingly this would anger Erica. Ava then outsmarts Erica by proving her wrong in her own sayings. Erica accepts the loss and leaves the room. Towards the end of her stay in Miami she approaches Julia, who just agreed to help Christian raise his new child Wilber. She tells Julia that helping Christian is a mistake and she needs to think more for her own best interests. Julia then becomes frustrated with her and asks her to leave that night.

After being in New York for some time, Erica returns to Miami by request of Matt, Julia's son, and Erica's grandchild. Julia had recently been kicked out of her house by Sean because she told him that Christian was Matt's biological father, not Sean. Erica tries to approach Sean about Julia's state only for Sean to tell her that she is the one who needs to help Julia, not him.

Season 3

After Sean and Julia's separation from the last season, Erica returns to Miami to help Julia with the divorce. She hires a lawyer for Julia, and pushes her very hard to take as much from Sean as she can. Erica tells Julia that it is her turn in life now, not Sean's. To use this as an opportunity to become her full potential, a medical doctor. Julia is disgusted by her mother's doings and doesn't comply. Erica returns to New York.

Shortly after, Erica returns to Miami again, this time to help Matt. Matt recently discovered that his ex-lover, Ava Moore, was actually a transsexual. This took a very heavy hit on Matt and his sexual identity. Erica, once again, brings her expert experience into giving advice to Matt on how to deal with his feelings.

Erica's last appearance in season 3 was when she visits Miami to see Julia's new spa, De La Mer. She once again does not praise Julia for what she has done with her life. Instead, she brings up that if Julia would have listen to her on the divorce, that Julia would be near done with medical school. This frustrates Julia. Erica then tries to comfort her by telling her that maybe she should go see a therapist. Julia then becomes infuriated and tells her to take an earlier flight home and to get out of her life. Later in the day, Julia discovers that the earlier flight she wanted her on crashed on take off. Julia then goes with Sean to the crash site to search through the survivors and find her mother, if alive. Julia finds a woman who she thought was her mother, but horribly burned. After recalling her dysfunctional history with Erica and forcefully euthanizing the woman in secret, Julia feels relieved rather than mournful. Later that day Julia goes home to see that Erica is alive and well and had been waiting for her the whole time. Erica says "Oh Sweetheart, I've been waiting for you all night! I couldn't leave the way things are between us. Oh, Did you hear the news? That earlier flight you wanted me on crashed!"

Season 6

After Sean is put under psychiatric supervision for attempting suicide, Julia arranges for her mother to see him and to try to understand his state of mind. After a short visit, Erica is convinced that Sean isn't stable and is a danger to himself and possibly others. Later that day, Erica confronts Sean and Julia with her worries. She insists that Sean should have continued his psychiatric care. She then tells them of her plan to petition for custody of both Annie and Connor, much to Julia's shock. Julia then agrees that Sean hasn't been well and that he will only have permission to see the kids on the weekends. Erica won't have it any other way, as she thinks Julia's adolescent behavior is affecting the lives of her children as well. Sean immediately is skeptical about Erica's chances of getting custody because of her old age. Erica responds by saying "I'm feeling rather youthful these days".

We later see Erica visit a recently imprisoned Matt to persuade him to testify against his parents and help her get custody of his siblings. She reminds him of the troubles he had as a teenager living under their roof and how unsupportive they have been throughout his entire life, thus surely convincing him that kind of life isn't fair for both Annie and Connor. Julia and Sean later visit Erica at her home to try to change her mind about the custody battle. Julia offers to move to L.A so that it would be less hard for the kids and Sean establishes that Annie would be seeing a therapist twice a week. Erica immediately disapproves of the idea, seeing how she thinks Julia and Sean should be the ones going to therapy. It is in that moment, footsteps are heard from the floor above and Erica starts speaking in italian. She tells Julia and Sean "Renaldo will be down in just a minute". A much younger man comes down in nothing but a towel. Erica introduces him as Renaldo Panettiere, her husband. The two share a passionate kiss while Julia and Sean shockingly observe.

In a last attempt to make her mother drop the custody battle, Julia visits Erica alone to see if she can construct a deal with her. Julia is convinced her mother's decision was brought upon because of her need to feel young again. She agrees to have her mother get more plastic surgery if, in return, Erica drops the case. Erica does not accept the offer. Meanwhile, Sean is confronted by Renaldo who intentionally irritates him by saying the kids will finally get something they never had before, happiness. Sean, in anger, strikes Renaldo in the face and spits on him. What Sean didn't know was that he was being filmed doing this. Renaldo looks at the camera smiling. Erica shows this video to Julia, who has come to be skeptical about her mother's chances of getting custody as well. She finds the tape useless, which only makes Erica show her Matt's testimony. In it, Matt describes the emotional and physical abuse he endured in the past, just what Erica needs to gain custody. Julia is shocked and in anger slaps Erica across the face before storming out of her home.

Erica does indeed get custody of her grandchildren and soon enough begins buying Annie fashionable clothes to impress her. Sean and Julia later find Renaldo taking photos of Annie. Annie claims it's just for fun, but in a shocking turn of events, Erica later discovers Renaldo masturbating with and into a pair of Annie's underwear, prompting Erica to throw him out of her home and drop the custody suit for her grandchildren. She decides to leave Los Angeles, and Julia helps her pack saying once she puts her mother in the cab she never wants to hear from her again; that she will be dead to her forever. Erica accepts Julia's wishings, knowing well her daughter will never forgive her for her previous actions.

At the airport Erica is arrested after authorities find half a kilo of cocaine in her carryon purse. Earlier in the episode, Sean had come of with a plan to frame Renaldo by planting the cocaine with his possessions. If found, it could land Renaldo in prison for at least ten years, which was a chance Sean was willing to take in order to get his kids back. Julia without hesitation disapproved and confiscated the cocaine from Sean. As the police handcuff a stunned Erica, she realizes it was her only daughter who set her up.

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