Nia Peeples

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Nia Peeples
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Virenia Peeples

  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1981–present
TelevisionThe Party Machine with Nia Peeples
(m. 1984; div. 1986)

(m. 1989; div. 1993)

Lauro Chartrand
(m. 1997; div. 2004)

(m. 2004; div. 2015)

Virenia "Nia" Peeples is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. Peeples is known for playing Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame; Pam Fields on the drama Pretty Little Liars; Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless and Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger. Her most recent television role was Grace's mom, Susan, on The Fosters.

Early life[edit]

Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Elizabeth Joan (née Rubic), a flamenco dancer, and Robert Eugene Peeples.[1] She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines.[1] Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry.[1] Peeples attended UCLA during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Peeples lives in Malibu, California, and has one son Christopher (b. 1989 with ex-husband Howard Hewett) and one daughter Sienna (b. 1998 with ex-husband Lauro Chartrand).[citation needed]

She operates an internet based organization called Elements of Life, which promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being. She worked with business coach Amy Applebaum on its development.[2]

On August 11, 2015, Peeples filed for divorce from her surfer husband Sam George.[citation needed] Peeples filed in Los Angeles County, 20 days before the couple's eighth wedding anniversary. Peeples is seeking[needs update] to keep the couple's home, a Malibu manufactured home with an ocean view that's valued at $875,000. Also listed among the couple's community assets is a Las Vegas condo worth $91,000.[citation needed]



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",[3] which climbed to #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] Her most successful pop single is "Street Of Dreams", which hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.[4] She made a music video in 1986 for "All You Can Dream", directed by Alan Bloom and conceptualized by Keith Williams, for the purposes of promoting the values of UCLA. On February 4, 2009, Peeples presented Debbie Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 10th anniversary show. Peeples also attends and performs at the annual live Fame Reunion concerts overseas.[5]


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 also hosted the short-lived American version of Top of the Pops in 1987, a weeknight dance music program called The Party Machine with Nia Peeples (1991), and portrayed Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke in the CBS hit series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1999 to 2001. In 2004, she appeared in the Andromeda episode "The Spider's Stratagem", as arms smuggler and love-interest Rox Nava. 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. In 2010, she was cast in ABC Family's TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[6] Peeples was featured on the July 7, 2013 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap, in which she traded places with singer Tiffany.[7]




Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1988 "Trouble" 35 71 1 Nothin' But Trouble
"High Time" 10
1989 "I Know How (To Make You Love Me)" 28
1991 "Street of Dreams" 12 73 74 23 Nia Peeples
1992 "Kissing the Wind" 76 86 76
"Faces of Love" 88 59
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Film Role Notes
1981 A Single Light Deaf Girl TV movie
1987 North Shore Kiani
1989 DeepStar Six Scarpelli
Swimsuit Maria 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
1995 Improper Conduct Bernie
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
Poodle Springs Angel
Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the Men Special Guest Host
2000 Alone with a Stranger Beth Jenkins
2001 Bruised Michelle
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
2005 Inside Out Maria
Sub Zero Kelli Paris
2006 Alpha Mom Susan TV movie
Special Unit Tara
Connors' War Amanda
2009 Citizen Jane Evelyn TV movie
The Outside Joanne Blakey
2010 Firedog Haley (voice) Post-production
2011 Battle of Los Angeles Capt. Karla Smaith TV movie
2012 Werewolf: The Beast Among Us Vodama Direct-to-DVD
2012 23 Minutes to Sunrise Direct-to-DVD
2015 Lavalantula Olivia West TV movie
2018 Mistrust Kristen Rhodes
2018 Inferno by Dante Speaker: Exit
2019 The Untold Story[citation needed] Catarina
2019 Purgatory by Dante[citation needed] Speaker: Matilda and The Garden
2020 Ulysses Coyote[citation needed] Isadora Begay
2020 Miracle Underground[citation needed] TBA
Year Title Role Notes
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
1983–1984 General Hospital Carla Escobar Unknown episodes
1983–1986 Fame Nicole Chapman 58 episodes
1984 T.J. Hooker Maria Dominguez 1 episode
1987 Top of the Pops Host Unknown episodes
1989 Matlock Morgan Gerard 1 episode
1989–1990 Nasty Boys Serena Cruz 13 episodes
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 Augostina Vega Mini-series
1994 Highlander: The Series Nefertiri 1 episode
Touched by an Angel Angela Evans 1 episode
1995 Crazy Love Unknown Unknown episodes
Marker Lisa 1 episode
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
2007–2009 The Young and the Restless Karen Taylor 130 episodes
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Pam Fields Main role (season 1)
Recurring role (season 2-4, 6)
Guest role (season 5, 7)
2013 Celebrity Wife Swap Herself "Nia Peeples/Tiffany"
2014 Longmire Adele Chapman 1 episode
2017–2018 The Fosters Susan 9 episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Nia Peeples 2003 Philippine Daily Inquirer Interview - Fame Episode Guide". Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Nia's Elements of Life |". Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Nia Peeples > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Billboard > Artists / Nia Peeples > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Carnival: Getting The "Groove On" For 10 Years". February 2, 2009. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "ABC Family Announces Pick-Up Of Dramas Huge And Pretty Little Liars" (PDF) (Press release). ABC Family. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 28, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  7. ^ "Nia Peeples, Tiffany". Celebrity Wife Swap. Season 2. Episode 6. July 7, 2013. ABC.
  8. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Nia Peeples > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Nia Peeples > Chart History > Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Singles > Nia Peeples". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2013.

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