Nicky Whelan

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Nicky Whelan
Nicky Whelen.jpg
Born (1981-05-10) 10 May 1981 (age 38)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2003–present
Kerry Rhodes (m. 2017)

Nicky Whelan (born 10 May 1981) is an Australian actress and model known for her role as Pepper Steiger in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.


Before Neighbours, Whelan hosted a number of shows, including Coxy's Big Break (Seven Network), Beyond the Boundary (Network Ten), and 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.

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

Whelan appeared in the final season of Scrubs as Maya, an Australian medical-school student.[4] In November 2010, Whelan appeared in a viral advertisement for Rökk Vodka alongside The Lonely Island.[5] 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.[6] In October 2011, Whelan guest-starred as an attractive telemarketing temp in the episode "Temp-Tress" of the American sitcom Workaholics.

She also appeared in the movie The Wedding Ringer starring Kevin Hart.

Whelan is currently starring in betting advertisements on Australian television for CrownBet.

Personal life[edit]

Whelan was born in Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is the granddaughter of Marcus Whelan, who played in the Victorian Football League in the 1930s and '40s. In 2016, Whelan was announced as engaged to American football player Kerry Rhodes.[7][8] Whelan and Rhodes were married in Los Angeles on 15 April 2017.[9] In October 2017, several news sources reported the couple were divorcing.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge Chrissie Grant Television film (Australia)
2007 Little Deaths Thorette
2009 The Outside Spring Easten
Halloween II Wendy Snow
Dave Knoll Finds His Soul Girl #2
2010 Hollywood and Wine Jamie Stephens/Diane Blaine
2011 Hall Pass Leigh
2012 Table for Three Holly Timmons Television film (NBC)
Coffees Victoria Short
Departure Date Violet Short
2013 The Power of Few Marti
Paranormal Movie Cindy
2014 Left Behind Hattie Durham
Flight 7500 Liz Lewis
Knight of Cups Nicky
2015 The Wedding Ringer Nadia
2016 Rebirth Naomi
2017 Tragedy Girls Mrs. Kent
2017 Inconceivable Katie
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Pizza Cheerleader 1 episode
2006–2007 Neighbours Heidi "Pepper" Steiger Regular role, 81 episodes
2009 Entourage Air Hostess 1 episode
Melrose Place Kira 1 episode
2009–2010 Scrubs Maya Recurring 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)
2010 Carpet Bros Sandoz Lilly 1 episode
Funny or Die Presents Sandoz Lilly 1 episode
2011 Suite 7 Girl #2 1 episode
Friends with Benefits Colleen 1 episode
Workaholics Naomi 1 episode
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV Seconds 1 episode
2013 Chosen Laura Mitchell Season 1–present (series regular; 6 episodes)
Franklin & Bash Charlie Season 3 recurring character
2014 Matador Annie Mason Main role
2015 The League L-E 1 episode
2015 Satisfaction Emma Waverly Recurring role
2016 Second Chance Bettina Recurring role
2016 House of Lies Claire Recurring role
2016 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Dr. Dakota Block Guest role
2017 Valentine's Again Kat Television film
2017 Romance at Reindeer Lodge Molly Clark Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2018 A Christmas Arrangement Poppy Benson Television Film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)


  1. ^ "It's Up to All of Us". Harrow Council. 25 March 2008.
  2. ^ primary site with Nicky Whelan's image
  3. ^ "Nicky Whelan moving to elite company". Daily Telegraph. 2 March 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012.
  4. ^ Luke Ddenehy (4 October 2009). "Life in LA scrubs up well for Nicky Whelan". Sunday Herald Sun.
  5. ^ BroBible Staff (19 November 2010). "Lonely Island and Rokk Vodka Unveil First Viral Video Collaboration". BroBible.
  6. ^ Australian Associated Press (22 February 2011). "Whelan gets Pass to stardom". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Nicky Whelan Talks Engagement to Fiancé Kerry Rhodes — See Her 6.5 Carat Diamond Ring!". Time, Inc. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  8. ^ "KERRY RHODES BALLIN' ON THE BEACH With Hot Fiancee". EHM Productions, Inc. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Neighbours actress Nicky Whelan marries NFL star Kerry Rhodes in Los Angeles". The Fix. Nine Network. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  10. ^ "That was quick! Australian actress Nicky Whelan confirms she has SPLIT from her husband Kerry Rhodes after just six months of marriage". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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