Nick Viall

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Nick Viall
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
OccupationSoftware sales, actor, television personality, model
Known forAppearances on The Bachelor franchise, The Viall Files podcast

Nick Viall is an American actor, television personality and model[1] who had a starring role on the 21st season of ABC's The Bachelor, after finishing as runner-up in two consecutive seasons of The Bachelorette.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Viall was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to parents Mary and Christopher.[3][4]

He graduated at Waukesha North High School in 1999, where he ran track and field and won the 800-meter run at WIAA State Track & Field Championships in the same year.[5] He then attended University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he served as team captain and set a school record in the 3,200-meter relay.[5]

Television show appearances[edit]

Reality television[edit]

The Bachelorette[edit]

Viall first appeared as a contestant in the ABC reality show The Bachelorette in 2014, as one of Andi Dorfman's suitors. On the first night, he received the first impression rose.[6] In the final dates, he confessed his love for Dorfman as one of the final two bachelors, but left heartbroken when Dorfman chose Josh Murray to receive the final rose.

In 2015, Viall returned for a second chance in the following season of The Bachelorette, when he was a guest in the fourth week at the New York City date with Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe. He asked her to give him a chance, and she accepted his request to be part of the cast. Like the previous season, he made it to the final rose ceremony, but ended in proposal rejection when Bristowe chose Shawn Booth.[7]

Bachelor in Paradise[edit]

Viall returned to reality TV once again as a part for the third season in Bachelor in Paradise. In the second episode, when he was asked on a date by The Bachelor season 20 contestant Leah Block, Viall accepted. Viall later asked fellow contestant Amanda Stanton on a date, much to Block's annoyance. After Stanton began a relationship with contestant Josh Murray, Viall went on to date Jen Saviano. The relationship between Saviano and Viall appeared to be progressing well, with Viall selecting an engagement ring with Neil Lane for a second time. However, at the final ceremony, Viall said, "I wanted to say I was in love with you, but something in my heart just said I can't," resulting in no proposal.[8]

The Bachelor[edit]

In August 2016, Viall was announced as the star of the twenty-first season of The Bachelor on the fourth episode of the second season of Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise. He was chosen despite not being a fan favorite to star on the show, beating contenders Chase McNary and Luke Pell, both from The Bachelorette (season 12). In the first episode, Viall revealed that he had thirty women on the show, instead of the usual twenty-five. Viall proposed to contestant Vanessa Grimaldi, a special education teacher from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the season finale.[9][10] They broke up the following August.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Viall became a contestant on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars and his partner is professional ballroom dancer Peta Murgatroyd along with 11 other celebrity contestants, which was announced by Good Morning America on March 1, 2017.[11] He was eliminated from the competition on May 1.[12]

Acting career[edit]

Viall made his acting debut in the 2017 Christmas television movie A Christmas Cruise, starring Vivica A. Fox, and has made guest television appearances in ABC's Speechless, and TV Land's Teachers. He also appeared on episodes of General Hospital in May 2018 for the Nurse's Ball.[13][14][15]

Other ventures[edit]


In January 2019 Viall started a podcast called The Viall Files that hosts many other celebrity guests.[16]

Natural Habits Essential Oils[edit]

In 2018 Viall and his sister launched an essential oils company called Natural Habits.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2014–15 The Bachelorette Contestant Seasons 10 and 11; 21 episodes
2016 Bachelor in Paradise Contestant Season 3; 11 episodes
2017 The Bachelor Lead Season 21; 13 episodes
Dancing with the Stars Contestant Season 24; 6th place
Speechless Tyson Episode: "B-i-Bikini U-n-University"
A Christmas Cruise Bob TV Movie
2018 General Hospital Nick Episode: #1.14082
Teachers John Episode: Wake and Blake
2019 Family Guy Nick (Voice Role) Episode: Yacht Rocky


  1. ^ "Nick Viall's Job After 'The Bachelor' Includes More Than Reality TV". Bustle. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. ^ Kelley, Seth (2017-03-14). "What 'Bachelor' Couple Nick and Vanessa Have Planned for Their Future". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  3. ^ "Waukesha native, 'The Bachelor' star Nick Viall and fiancee Vanessa Grimaldi go on Milwaukee date". Milwaukee, Wisconsin: WTMJ-TV. March 27, 2017. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Walsh, Megan (January 31, 2017). "How Many Siblings Does Nick Viall Have? 'The Bachelor' Star Has A Big Family". Romper. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hauer, Sarah (August 31, 2016). "Waukesha native Nick Viall ABC's next 'Bachelor'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Bonos, Lisa (2017-02-27). "As Andi Dorfman shows up on 'The Bachelor,' she and Nick Viall come full circle". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  7. ^ Lou, Shane (2015-07-28). "Spoiler Alert! How 'The Bachelorette' Finale Ended". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  8. ^ "Bachelor in Paradise: Nick Viall Says Goodbye to Jen Saviano After Finale". People. 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  9. ^ Highfill, Samantha (January 2, 2017). "'The Bachelor' premiere recap: Ladies in Red". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (March 13, 2017). "The Bachelor Finale Recap: Nick Viall Makes His Final Pick — and Proposes!". People. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  11. ^ Donnelly, Jim (March 22, 2017). "Dancing with the Stars 2017 Cast Includes Charo, Bonner Bolton, Heather Morris & More!". Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Nick Viall's Bummed He's Off DWTS, But Now..." E! Online. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  13. ^ Soaps SheKnows (April 24, 2018). "General Hospital Comings & Goings". United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Eades, Chris (April 23, 2018). "THE BACHELOR's Nick Viall Joins GENERAL HOSPITAL for This Year's Nurses Ball". ABC Soaps In Depth. United States: Bauer Media Group. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Maloney, Michael (April 23, 2018). "'General Hospital' Taps 'Bachelor' Nick Viall as Host of the 2018 Nurses Ball". TV Insider. United States: NTVB Media, Inc. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "A Rose For His Thoughts: Nick Viall Launches The Nick Viall Files Podcast". Digital Journal. January 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "Nick Viall Wants to Clear Up Misconceptions about Essential Oils". Betches. May 8, 2019.

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Preceded by The Bachelor
Season 21
Succeeded by