Nicky Whelan

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Nicky Whelan
Nicky Whelen.jpg
BornNicky Whelan
(1981-05-10) 10 May 1981 (age 33)
Victoria, Australia
OccupationActress, model
Years active2004–present
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Nicky Whelan
Nicky Whelen.jpg
BornNicky Whelan
(1981-05-10) 10 May 1981 (age 33)
Victoria, Australia
OccupationActress, model
Years active2004–present

Nicky Whelan (born 10 May 1981) is an Australian actress and model best known for her role as Pepper Steiger in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. She is the granddaughter of AFL Brownlow Medallist Marcus Whelan.


Before Neighbours, Whelan hosted a number of shows, including Coxy's Big Break (Seven Network), Beyond the Boundary (Network Ten), Melbourne Woman (Seven Network), and played the fictional celebrity "Chrissie Grant" on Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge, a spin-off of All Aussie Adventures. Whelan is also known as the face of the rural Victorian city, Shepparton, and she hosted the night racing at Moonee Valley for eight years. Whelan has also posed for a number of Australian magazines, including FHM (in October 2007), Ralph (in November 2005) and Inside Sport.[1] She was the first model to be on the cover of the Pumped Up Down Under calendar two years running.[citation needed]

In November 2007, Whelan made a special appearance in Harrow, London to promote sustainable transport and initiatives that benefit the environment. She also shot some photos for Harrow's 'It's Up to All of Us' campaign.[2][3] At the event, she confirmed that after Neighbours, she had been in discussions over feature films. Whelan has completed work for the movie Hollywood and Wine in Los Angeles. She co-starred with David Spade.[4]

Whelan appeared in the final season of Scrubs as Maya, an Australian medical school student.[5] In November 2010, Whelan appeared in a viral advert for Rökk Vodka alongside The Lonely Island.[6] Whelan also played the role of Leigh in the 2011 film Hall Pass, which co-starred Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, and Christina Applegate.[7] In October 2011, Whelan guest-starred as an attractive telemarketing temp in the episode "Temp-Tress" of the American sitcom Workaholics.

Personal life[edit]

She was dating her Left Behind co-star, Chad Michael Murray. The couple split after a 6 month relationship.[8]


2004Russell Coight's Celebrity ChallengeChrissie GrantTV movie
2007Little DeathsThorette
2009The OutsideSpring Easten
Halloween IIWendy Snow
Dave Knoll Finds His SoulGirl #2
2010Hollywood and WineJamie Stephens/Diane Blaine
2011Hall PassLeigh
2012Table for ThreeHolly TimmonsTV movie
Departure DateVioletShort
2013The Power of FewMarti
Paranormal MovieCindy
2014Left BehindHattie Durham
7500Liz LewisCompleted
Knight of CupsPost-production
2003PizzaCheerleader1 episode
2006–2007NeighboursHeidi "Pepper" SteigerRegular role, 81 episodes
2009EntourageAir Hostess1 episode
Melrose PlaceKira1 episode
2009–2010ScrubsMayaRecurring role, 9 episodes:
"Our First Day of School" (season 9: episode 1)
"Our Drunk Friend" (season 9: episode 2)
"Our Role Models" (season 9: episode 3)
"Our Histories" (season 9: episode 4)
"Our Couples" (season 9: episode 8)
"Our True Lies" (season 9: episode 10)
"Our Dear Leaders" (season 9: episode 11)
"Our Driving Issues" (season 9: episode 12)
"Our Thanks" (season 9: episode 13)
2010Carpet BrosSandoz Lilly1 episode
Funny or Die PresentsSandoz Lilly1 episode
2011Suite 7Girl #21 episode
Friends With BenefitsColleen1 episode
WorkaholicsNaomi1 episode
2012NTSF:SD:SUVSeconds1 episode
2013ChosenLaura MitchellSeason 1–present (series regular; 6 episodes)
Franklin & BashCharlieSeason 3 recurring character
2014–presentMatadorAnnie MasonMain role; in production


  1. ^ "Nicky Whelan Pool Party". 
  2. ^ "It's Up to All of Us". Harrow Council. 25 March 2008. 
  3. ^ primary site with Nicky Whelan's image
  4. ^ "Nicky Whelan moving to elite company". Daily Telegraph. 2 March 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Luke Ddenehy (4 Oct 2009). "Life in LA scrubs up well for Nicky Whelan". Sunday Herald Sun. 
  6. ^ BroBible Staff (19 November 2010). "Lonely Island and Rokk Vodka Unveil First Viral Video Collaboration". BroBible. 
  7. ^ Australian Associated Press (22 February 2011). "Whelan gets Pass to stardom". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan Split After 6 Months of Dating". Us Magazine. May 16, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 

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