Nia Peeples

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Nia Peeples
BornVirenia Gwendolyn Peeples
(1961-12-10) December 10, 1961 (age 52)
Hollywood, California, United States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Guy Ecker (m. 1984; div. 1986)
Howard Hewett (m. 1989; div. 1993)
Lauro Chartrand (m. 1997; div. 2004)
Sam George (m. 2004)
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Nia Peeples
BornVirenia Gwendolyn Peeples
(1961-12-10) December 10, 1961 (age 52)
Hollywood, California, United States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Guy Ecker (m. 1984; div. 1986)
Howard Hewett (m. 1989; div. 1993)
Lauro Chartrand (m. 1997; div. 2004)
Sam George (m. 2004)
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Virenia Gwendolyn "Nia" Peeples (born December 10, 1961) is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Nicole Chapman on Fame. She is also known for her role as Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless and as Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger.

Early life[edit]

Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Elizabeth Joan (née Rubic), a flamenco dancer, and Robert Eugene Peeples.[1][2] She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines, and were of Filipino, Spanish, French, and German descent.[3] Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scottish, Irish, English, Native American, and Italian ancestry.[2][4][5]

She attended UCLA during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends.


Peeples started her career as part of the performance group The Young Americans.


In 1988 she hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Trouble," which climbed to #35 on the Hot 100. Her most successful pop single is "Street Of Dreams," which hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.

She made a music video in 1986 of "All You Can Dream", directed by Alan Bloom and conceptualised by Keith Williams, for the purposes of promoting the values of UCLA. She appeared in Prince's video for Raspberry Beret.

On February 4, 2009, Peeples presented Debbie Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 10th anniversary show.[6]


Notably, Peeples portrayed performing arts student Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame. In 1987 she was in the movie North Shore as Kiani. She hosted the short-lived American version of Top of the Pops as well as a weeknight dance music program called The Party Machine with Nia Peeples, and portrayed Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke in the CBS hit series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1999-2001.

In 2004 Peeples appeared in the season 4 episode of Andromeda The Spider's Stratagem as arms smuggler and love-interest Rox Nava.

Nia Peeples joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 2007, playing the role of Karen Taylor, and was released from the role in the spring of 2009. Her last air date was in May 2009.

Peeples has been cast in the 2010 ABC Family TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Peeples lives in a Malibu, California beach home with her surfer husband Sam George, son Christopher (b.1990 with ex-husband Howard Hewitt), and daughter Sienna (b.1998 with ex-husband Lauro Chartrand). They were featured on the July 7, 2013 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap, in which Peeples traded places with singer Tiffany.[8]

She also currently runs a website organization called Elements of Life, which promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being.[9]




YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum


1988"Trouble"35711Nothin' But Trouble
"High Time"10
1989"I Know How (To Make You Love Me)"28
1991"Street of Dreams"127323Nia Peeples
1992"Kissing the Wind"7676
"Faces of Love"8859
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


1981A Single LightDeaf GirlTV movie
1987North ShoreKiani
1989DeepStar SixScarpelli
SwimsuitMariaTV movie
Nasty BoysSerena CruzTV movie
1990Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced SingerCathy ReddingTV movie
1992I Don't Buy Kisses AnymoreTheresa Garabaldi
1994My Name Is KateAnnieTV movie
XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)Sasha TownesTV movie
1995Improper ConductBernie
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14Allie ThompsonTV movie
Mr. StitchDr. Elizabeth EnglishTV movie
1996TerminalJanet ReardonTV movie
Bloodhounds IINikki CruiseTV movie
1997Odd JobsAssassinTV movie
Tower of TerrorJill PerryTV movie
1998Blues Brothers 2000Lt. Elizondo
Poodle SpringsAngel
Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the MenSpecial Guest Host
2000Alone with a StrangerBeth Jenkins
The RiffHeather Anderson
2002The Chang Family Saves the WorldPearl EmpressTV movie
Half Past Dead49er Six
2004The CovenunknownTV movie
2005Inside OutMaria
Sub ZeroKelli Paris
2006Alpha MomSusanTV movie
Special UnitTara
Connors' WarAmanda
2009Citizen JaneEvelynTV movie
The OutsideJoanne Blakey
2010FiredogHaley (voice)post-production
2011Battle of Los Angeles (film)Capt. Karla SmaithTV Movie
2012Werewolf: The Beast Among UsVodamaDirect-to-DVD
201223 Minutes to sunriseDirect-to-DVD
1981The Music ShoppeDarcie
1983Tales of the Gold MonkeyZita Henriques1 episode
Hardcastle and McCormickWaitress1 episode
Days of Our LivesMalloryunknown episodes
General HospitalCarla Escobarunknown episodes, 1983–1994
FameNicole Chapman27 episodes, 1983–1986
1984T.J. HookerMaria Dominguez1 episode
1987Top of the PopsHostunknown episodes
1989MatlockMorgan Gerard1 episode
Nasty BoysSerena Cruz13 episodes, 1989–1990
1991The Party Machine with Nia PeeplesHostunknown episodes
1992The New WKRP in CincinnatiSierra Smith2 episodes
1993Return to Lonesome DoveAgostina Vegamini-series
1994Highlander: The SeriesNefertiri1 episode
Touched by an AngelAngela Evans1 episode
1995Crazy Loveunknownunknown episodes
MarkerLisa1 episode
CourthouseVeronica Gilbert11 episodes
1997Early EditionSister Mary1 episode
Crisis CenterLily Gannon5 episodes
1998Real LifeMaya1 episode
1999–2001Walker, Texas RangerSydney Cooke46 episodes
2004AndromedaRox Nava1 episode
The DivisionSandra Prestiss2 episodes
2005BarbershopDet. Hahanna3 episodes
2007Arwin!Ms. Hawkhauser1 episode
The Young and the RestlessKaren Taylor130 episodes, 2007–2009
2010–presentPretty Little LiarsPam FieldsRecurring role
2013"Celebrity Wife Swap (TV Series)"HerselfOne Episode "Nia Peeples/Tiffany"
2014LongmireAdele Chapman1 episode


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nia Peeples Biography (1961-)". Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Nia Peeples 2003 Philippine Daily Inquirer Interview - Fame Episode Guide". Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Article Index -". Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Sincerely, NIA…"Beauty is in it. Your best you is in it"". Bella Petite. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  6. ^ "The Carnival: Getting The "Groove On" For 10 Years". February 2, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "ABC Family Announces Pick-Up Of Dramas Huge And Pretty Little Liars" (Press release). ABC Family. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nia Peeples, Tiffany". Celebrity Wife Swap. Season 2. Episode 6. July 7, 2013. ABC.
  9. ^ "Nia's Elements of Life |". Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  10. ^ "Nia Peeples | Awards". AllMusic. 1961-12-10. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  11. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > Nia Peeples". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  12. ^ "RPM 100 Singles > Nia Peeples". RPM Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 

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