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Nia Peeples

Nicole Chapman in Fame, Sydney Cooke in Walker Texas Ranger

Photos Nia Peeples Birth name: Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples
Birth date: 1961/12/10 (59 years old)
Birth place : Hollywood (Californie)
Height: 1.57 m

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Biography for Nia Peeples

Nia Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, on December 10, 1961. She grew up in West Covina with her parents and two sisters, Paula and Cynthia. At eight years old she began performing with her family, giving concerts for community groups and conventions and doing dances of different cultures, Polynesian, Spanish and Irish. She attended West Corvina High School and was an "A" student and a member of the marching band, involved in cheerleading, tumbling, volleyball, student government, choral singing and singing for a rock 'n roll band. She starred in the school production of "South Pacific" as Bloody Mary. She got her first standing ovation for her performance.

She attended UCLA on a music scholarship, during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends. She took one semester as a voice major. She dropped out of UCLA and took three jobs in order to afford acting lessons. She studied singing with Gloria Rush and the Sanford Meisner acting technique at Playhouse West.

She accompanied a friend to a rehearsal one day and was spotted by the producers, who cast her in the play, "Music Shop". This led to guest appearances in such TV seriews as "Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983)_ and "T.J. Hooker" (1982)_ . Her first starring role came when she played a deaf girl opposite William Atherton in the HBO film _Single Light, A (1981)_ in which she portrayed a deaf girl. She auditioned for and won the part of Nicole Chapman in the series "Fame" (1982). Her hobbies include hiking, tandem surfing, rollerblading and skiing. She also does a lot of charity work. She is of Scottish/Filipino descent.


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Title Role
Firedog (2005) (filming) (voice) Haley
Sub Zero (2005) (V) Kelli Paris
Inside Out (2005/I) Maria
Half Past Dead (2002) 49er Six
The Riff (2001) Heather Anderson
Bruised (2001) Michelle
Meet the Changs (2001) (TV) Pearl Empress
Alone with a Stranger (2000) Beth Jenkins
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) TV Series Sydney Cooke (1999-2001)
Poodle Springs (1998) (TV) Angel
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Lieutenant Elizondo
Real Life (1998) TV Series Unknowm
Crisis Center (1997) TV Series Lily Gannon (1997)
Tower of Terror (1997) (TV) Jill Perry
Odd Jobs (1997) (TV) Assassin
Mr. Stitch (1996) (TV) Doctor Elizabeth English
Bloodhounds II (1996) (TV) Nikki Cruise
Terminal (1996) (TV) Janet Reardon
Courthouse (1995) TV Series Veronica Gilbert
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 (1995) (TV) Allie Thompson
Marker (1995) TV Series Lisa
Crazy Love (1995/I) TV Series Unknown
XXX's & OOO's (1994) (TV) Sasha Townes
My Name Is Kate (1994) (TV) Annie
Improper Conduct (1994) Bernie
Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) (mini) TV Series Agostina Vega
I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore (1992) Theresa Garabaldi
The Party Machine with Nia Peeples (1991) TV Series Host
Nasty Boys (1990) TV Series Serena Cruz (1990)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990) (TV) Cathy Redding
Nasty Boys (1989) (TV) Serena Cruz
Swimsuit (1989) (TV) Maria
DeepStar Six (1989) Scarpelli
Top of the Pops (1987) TV Series Host
North Shore (1987) Kiani
Fame (1982) TV Series Nicole Chapman (1984-1987)
Days of Our Lives (1965) TV Series Mallory (1983)
General Hospital (1963) TV Series Carla Escobar (1983-1994)
The Music Shoppe (1981) TV Series Darcie


Ms. Peeples was once engaged to her "Fame" co-star, actor Carlo Imperato.

Presenter of The Spirit Horse Award for Best Picture, to Paul Feig, for "I am David", at the San Diego Film Festival 2003

Nia Peeples attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, MT in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.


Spouse : Lauro Chartrand (22 November 1997 - 1 June 2004) (divorced) 1 child, Howard Hewett (1989 - 1993) (divorced) 1 child, Guy Ecker (1984 - 1986) (divorced)

Children are Christopher (b. 1990) and Sienna Noel (b. 1998).

Mother Elizabeth Peeples is of Filipino, German and Spanish descent. Father Robert is of Italian, Scottish, Irish and Native American Heritage.

Mother is a flamenco dancer, father is an artist.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by shaunnah

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