|Born||Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples
December 10, 1961
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Guy Ecker (1984–1986)
Howard Hewett (1989–1993), 1 child
Lauro Chartrand (1997–2004), 1 child
Sam George (2004-present)
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.
Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Elizabeth Joan (née Rubic), a flamenco dancer, and Robert Eugene Peeples. She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines, and were of Filipino, Spanish, French, and German descent. Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scottish, Irish, English, Native American, and Italian ancestry.
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.
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.
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 lives in a Malibu, California beach home with her surfer husband Sam, 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.
She also currently runs a website organization called Elements of Life, which promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being.
- Nothin' But Trouble (1988) #97 US
- Nia Peeples (1991)
- Songs of the Cinema (2007)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1988||"Trouble"||35||71||1||—||Nothin' But Trouble|
|1989||"I Know How (To Make You Love Me)"||—||—||28||—|
|1991||"Street of Dreams"||12||73||—||23||Nia Peeples|
|1992||"Kissing the Wind"||76||—||—||76|
|"Faces of Love"||88||—||—||59|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|1981||A Single Light||Deaf Girl||TV movie|
|Nasty Boys||Serena Cruz||TV movie|
|1990||Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer||Cathy Redding||TV movie|
|1992||I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore||Theresa Garabaldi|
|1994||My Name Is Kate||Annie||TV movie|
|XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)||Sasha Townes||TV movie|
|Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14||Allie Thompson||TV movie|
|Mr. Stitch||Dr. Elizabeth English||TV movie|
|1996||Terminal||Janet Reardon||TV movie|
|Bloodhounds II||Nikki Cruise||TV movie|
|1997||Odd Jobs||Assassin||TV movie|
|Tower of Terror||Jill Perry||TV movie|
|1998||Blues Brothers 2000||Lt. Elizondo|
|Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the Men||Special Guest Host|
|2000||Alone with a Stranger||Beth Jenkins|
|The Riff||Heather Anderson|
|2002||The Chang Family Saves the World||Pearl Empress||TV movie|
|Half Past Dead||49er Six|
|2004||The Coven||unknown||TV movie|
|Sub Zero||Kelli Paris|
|2006||Alpha Mom||Susan||TV movie|
|2009||Citizen Jane||Evelyn||TV movie|
|The Outside||Joanne Blakey|
|2011||Battle of Los Angeles (film)||Capt. Karla Smaith||TV Movie|
|2012||Werewolf: The Beast Among Us||Vodama||Direct-to-DVD|
|1981||The Music Shoppe||Darcie|
|1983||Tales of the Gold Monkey||Zita Henriques||1 episode|
|Hardcastle and McCormick||Waitress||1 episode|
|Days of Our Lives||Mallory||unknown episodes|
|General Hospital||Carla Escobar||unknown episodes, 1983–1994|
|Fame||Nicole Chapman||27 episodes, 1983–1986|
|1984||T.J. Hooker||Maria Dominguez||1 episode|
|1987||Top of the Pops||Host||unknown episodes|
|1989||Matlock||Morgan Gerard||1 episode|
|Nasty Boys||Serena Cruz||13 episodes, 1989–1990|
|1991||The Party Machine with Nia Peeples||Host||unknown episodes|
|1992||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Sierra Smith||2 episodes|
|1993||Return to Lonesome Dove||Agostina Vega||mini-series|
|1994||Highlander: The Series||Nefertiri||1 episode|
|Touched by an Angel||Angela Evans||1 episode|
|1995||Crazy Love||unknown||unknown episodes|
|Courthouse||Veronica Gilbert||11 episodes|
|1997||Early Edition||Sister Mary||1 episode|
|Crisis Center||Lily Gannon||5 episodes|
|1998||Real Life||Maya||1 episode|
|1999–2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Sydney Cooke||46 episodes|
|2004||Andromeda||Rox Nava||1 episode|
|The Division||Sandra Prestiss||2 episodes|
|2005||Barbershop||Det. Hahanna||3 episodes|
|2007||Arwin!||Ms. Hawkhauser||1 episode|
|The Young and the Restless||Karen Taylor||130 episodes, 2007–2009|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Pam Fields||Recurring role|
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
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- "The Carnival: Getting The "Groove On" For 10 Years". Hollywire.com. February 2, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- "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.
- "Nia Peeples, Tiffany". Celebrity Wife Swap. Season 2. Episode 6. July 7, 2013. ABC.
- "US Singles Charts > Nia Peeples". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
- "RPM 100 Singles > Nia Peeples". RPM Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-30.