Nathalie Kelley

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Nathalie Kelley
Kelley in 2017
Born (1985-10-05) October 5, 1985 (age 35)
Lima, Peru
Years active2005–present
Jordy Burrows
(m. 2018)

Nathalie Kelley is a Peruvian–Australian actress known for her role as Neela in the 2006 action film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and for her roles in various television series including Body of Proof (2011–2012), Unreal (2015), The Vampire Diaries (2016–2017) and Dynasty (2017–2018). In 2020, she debuted in the lead role of Noa Hamilton in the ABC series The Baker and the Beauty.

Early life[edit]

Kelley was born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian mother and an Argentine father.[1] She moved to Sydney when she was 2 years old. From a young age, she dreamed about being an actress. She attended North Sydney Girls High School.[1]


In 2005, Charmed executive producers Brad Kern, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent developed a one-hour pilot for The WB titled Mermaid.[1][2] Kelley was cast as the series protagonist Nikki, a mermaid who is rescued by a young man when she washes ashore in Miami. The pilot was not picked up as a result of The WB and UPN merging into The CW; the resulting network passed on the show.[1][3]

In June 2006, Kelley received her breakout role as Neela in the film The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.[1] In March 2008, Kelley appeared in the low-budget drama crime film Loaded alongside Jesse Metcalfe. In March 2011, Kelley had a small role in the retro comedy film Take Me Home Tonight, which starred Topher Grace, Anna Faris and fellow Australian Teresa Palmer. The film was shot in Los Angeles in 2007 but its release was delayed by Universal Pictures for unknown reasons. The following month, Kelley appeared as the protagonist in the low-budget horror film Urban Explorer, which follows a group of four urban explorers who explore an underground world beneath metropolitan Berlin.

In 2010, Kelley played the love interest in the music video for the Bruno Mars song "Just the Way You Are". In August 2011, Kelley signed on in a major recurring role in the second season of the ABC crime drama television series Body of Proof. Kelley appeared as Dani Alvarez in ten episodes and made her final appearance in the episode "Going Viral Part One".[4] In 2012, Kelley played a vampire princess in the video clip "Luna Llena" from Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Baby Rasta & Gringo. In 2014, she won a regular role in the Lifetime series Unreal.[5] From 2016 to 2017, Kelly appeared as Sybil in the final season of The CW television series The Vampire Diaries.

Kelley starred as Cristal in the first season of The CW's Dynasty reboot, from 2017 to 2018.[6][7] In 2020, she debuted in the lead role of Noa Hamilton in the ABC series The Baker and the Beauty.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

By 2018, Kelley was dating Jordan "Jordy" Burrows.[10][11] In April 2018, Kelley confirmed in an Instagram post that she and Burrows were engaged.[12] They married on 29 April 2018.[13]



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Neela [14][15][16]
2008 Loaded April [citation needed]
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Beth [17]
2011 Urban Explorer Lucia aka The Depraved [citation needed]
2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Pretty Annie [citation needed]
2014 Infiltrators Gin Cross [18]
2014 With You Aurelia Short film [citation needed]
2015 Furious 7 Neela Archive footage; cameo only [citation needed]
2018 In Like Flynn Zaca [19]


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2005 Mermaid Nikki Television pilot [20]
2010 Lone Star Sofia Episode: "Reverse" [21]
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Monica Gimble/DJ Drang Episode: "Hitting for the Cycle" [21]
2011–2012 Body of Proof Dani Alvarez Recurring role (season 2); 10 episodes [21][22]
2015 Unreal Grace Main role (season 1); 10 episodes [23][24]
2015 Urban Cowboy Gaby Fox pilot [25]
2016 Mistresses Kristen Sorbonne Episode: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" [26]
2016 Cruel Intentions Carmen Unaired NBC pilot [27][24][28]
2016–2017 The Vampire Diaries Sybil Recurring role; 11 episodes [29][30]
2017–2018 Dynasty Cristal Carrington Main role (season 1); 22 episodes [31][32]
2020 The Baker and the Beauty Noa Hamilton Lead role [33][34][35]

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song title Role Ref(s)
2010 Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Love interest
2012 Baby Rasta & Gringo "Luna Llena" Love Interest
2018 Rhye "Song for you" Love Interest [36]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bodey, Michael (14 June 2006). "Kelley in hot seat". Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Scifi 411 - Upcoming TV Shows". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  3. ^ Moore, Anne (21 March 2006). "Exclusive TV Profile: CHARMED CREATOR BRAD KERN BIDS FAREWELL TO HIS WITCHY, WITCHY WAYS". Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  4. ^ Body of Proof Review: Outbreak!, TV Fanatic, 28 March 2012
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (4 November 2013). "Rules of Engagement, Mad Men Alums Among 4 Cast in Lifetime's Unreal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  6. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (31 May 2017). "Fall TV First Impression: Dynasty". TVLine. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. ^ Spencer, Ashley (21 June 2018). "This Dynasty Character Is Not Returning For Season 2". E! Online. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (8 January 2020). "Midseason Moves For ABC's Shark Tank & American Housewife; Baker and the Beauty Gets Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  9. ^ "ABC Invites You to the Ultimate Date Night on Monday, April 13". The Futon Critic. 29 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Vampire Diaries star Zach Roerig: Shock separation by Nathalie Kelley!" (in German). 28 February 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via
  11. ^ natkelley (11 April 2018). "You are such a good man @jordyburrows". Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via Instagram.
  12. ^ natkelley (18 April 2018). "After a decade of living in the US ... I'm about to marry my boy from Berowra". Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via Instagram.
  13. ^ natkelley (29 April 2018). "Stories". Retrieved 30 April 2018 – via Instagram.
  14. ^ Smith, Neil (25 June 2006). "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift review". Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  15. ^ Aldridge, Dave. "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – review". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  16. ^ "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Review". IGN. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Take Me Home Tonight (2011)". BFI. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Infiltrators". Amazon Prime Video. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  19. ^ "Movie Review: See the Origins of Errol in "In Like Flynn"". Movie Nation. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Dynasty: did you know that Nathalie Kelley (Cristal) was to play in a Charmed spin-off?". Daily Hind News. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  21. ^ a b c Wightman, Catriona (15 August 2011). "Nathalie Kelley lands 'Body of Proof' role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  22. ^ Nededog, Jethro (2 January 2012). "'Body of Proof' Preview: A Bride Falls Head Over Heels – Literally (Exclusive Video) | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  23. ^ Mathews, Liam (3 August 2017). "Would Nathalie Kelley Return for UnReal's Version of Bachelor in Paradise?". Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  24. ^ a b Petski, Denise (26 February 2016). "'Cruel Intentions' Casts Nathalie Kelley; Michelle Mitchenor In 'Infamous'".
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (10 September 2015). "Urban Cowboy Fox Pilot: Nathalie Kelley Set as Female Lead, Lindsey Gort Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  26. ^ "Season 4, Episode 8 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'". TV Guide.
  27. ^ Warner, Sam (29 February 2016). "Cruel Intentions TV show casts Fast & Furious actress". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  28. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (26 February 2016). "'UnReal' Alum Joins NBC's 'Cruel Intentions' Reboot". Variety. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  29. ^ Ausiello, Michael (27 June 2016). "Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Grey's, Walking Dead, Supernatural, Legends, Suits, TVD, Blindspot and More". TVLine. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  30. ^ Radish, Christina (11 November 2016). "'The Vampire Diaries' Nathalie Kelley on Playing Evil and Sybil's Possible Downfall". Collider. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  31. ^ Seddon, Dan (19 April 2020). "Dynasty star Nathalie Kelley says she struggled on the show before her surprising exit". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  32. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (14 April 2020). "Dynasty's Nathalie Kelley Sheds Light on Her Controversial Exit: 'I Wasn't Up to the Challenge' of Playing Cristal". Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  33. ^ Aviles, Gwen (13 April 2020). "'The Beauty and the Baker's' Nathalie Kelley talks about the new Latino TV series". NBC News. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  34. ^ Maloney, Michael (13 April 2020). "Nathalie Kelley on How Exiting 'Dynasty' Led to 'Baker and the Beauty'". TV Insider. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  35. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (13 April 2020). "'The Baker and the Beauty': TV Review". Variety. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  36. ^ Lavin, Will. "RHYE's new single "Song For You" is guaranteed to melt your soul". Retrieved 26 October 2020.

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