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Status: Deceased
Occupation: Prostitute
Marital status: Single
Relationships: Eva - colleague
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: April Telek
Season: 1, 2
First episode: "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai"
Last episode: "The Railroad Job"
Appearances: 8 episodes (see below)

Nell was the madam and proprietor of the cat house in Hell on Wheels.


Background information[]

Nell was a heavy-set woman, who is described by Mickey McGinnes as a "fine, door-ful of a woman". Nell is very protective of her girls, in one instance chasing away Mickey and his new peep show customers with a broom. ("Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai")

Season 1[]

Main article: Season 1

When Lily Bell passes by the cat house during a walk around Hell on Wheels, Nell openly mocks her, offering her a spot in the house and asking if the "them Injuns [taught] her anything" during her ordeal with the Cheyenne. Later, she ran off Mickey McGinnes and the other pepping toms with a broom. ("Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai")

Nell, like many of the other tradesmen and proprietors in Hell on Wheels, is a victim of Thor Gundersen's protection racket. When railroad work is stopped after the Cheyenne renegades derail the train, she is unable to pay Gundersen and he publicly beats her. ("Timshel")


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Immoral Mathematics" "A New Birth of Freedom" "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" "Bread and Circuses"
"Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" "Revelations" "Derailed" "Timshel" "God of Chaos"
Season 2 appearances
"Viva La Mexico" "Durant, Nebraska" "Slaughterhouse" "Scabs" "The Railroad Job"
"Purged Away with Blood" "The White Spirit" "The Lord's Day" "Blood Moon" "Blood Moon Rising"