Nicola Peltz

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Nicola Peltz
Nicola Peltz (soft contrast).jpg
Peltz in 2012
Born Nicola Anne Peltz
(1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 (age 20)[1][2][3]
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Parent(s) Nelson Peltz
Claudia Heffner[4]

Nicola Anne Peltz (born January 9, 1995) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role came when she played Katara in the 2010 film The Last Airbender. Since then, she has played Bradley Martin in the A&E series Bates Motel and starred as Tessa Yeager in the fourth Transformers film, Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).

Early life[edit]

Peltz was born in Westchester County, New York. Her mother, Claudia (née Heffner), is a former model, and her father, Nelson Peltz, is a billionaire businessman and a philanthropist, particularly active in Jewish causes.[5][6] She has four older brothers, two younger brothers, and a sister; two of her brothers are actor Will Peltz and ice hockey defenceman Brad Peltz.[4][7] Her father is of Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent, while her mother has German, Welsh, and English ancestry.[4][8][9]


Peltz made her film debut in the 2006 film Deck the Halls, playing Mackenzie. She later appeared in the film Harold in 2008, where she was cast as Becki. Peltz played Katara in the 2010 film The Last Airbender. On March 27, 2010, Peltz made an appearance at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon and also appeared at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, along with her The Last Airbender co-star Jackson Rathbone, presenting a trailer for the film.[10][11]

On March 26, 2013, Peltz was cast as one of the lead characters, Tessa Yeager, in the fourth Transformers film Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was released in June 2014.[12][13] She, along with co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor, were the new lead human cast, and are all contracted for three films, beginning a new Transformers trilogy.[14]

Since 2013, Peltz has featured as Bradley Martin, a high school student, in thirteen episodes of the A&E series Bates Motel.[15]


Nicola (right) and her brother Will Peltz at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Deck the Halls Mackenzie
2008 Harold Becki
2008 Righteous Kill Lynn
2010 The Last Airbender Katara
2012 Eye of the Hurricane Renee Kyte
2014 Affluenza Kate Miller
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Tessa Yeager


Year Title Role Notes
2013–15 Bates Motel Bradley Martin 14 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2008 "7 Things" Miley Cyrus

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Young Hollywood Awards[16] Breakthrough Actress Nominated
CinemaCon Awards[17] Rising Star Award (Shared with Jack Reynor) Won
Teen Choice Awards[18] Choice Movie: Breakout Star Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated


  1. ^ "Official Facebook of Nicola Peltz". Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Peltz, Nicola (December 6, 2011). "Twitter: Nicola Peltz (verified account)". Retrieved December 17, 2011. Hey guys! My birthday isn't today it's January 9th but thanks for the early birthday wishes ;) 
  3. ^ Barker, Lynn (June 29, 2010). "Exclusive Interview: Nicola Peltz Kicks". Teen Hollywood. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paid Notice: Deaths Peltz, Claire". The New York Times. April 12, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ Baker, Tom (July 16, 2010). "'Airbender' ideal: Sweet but strong". Daily Yomiuri Online. Retrieved July 20, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Nelson Peltz". Insie Philanthropy. 
  7. ^ "5 Facts About Will Peltz". September 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Bloom, Nate (July 30, 2010). "Jewish Stars 7/30". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved September 18, 2013. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Nicola Peltz - Celebrity Ethnicity". EthniCelebs. 
  10. ^ "Almost 8 Million Total Viewers Tune in to Nickelodeon's 23rd". Bloomberg. March 29, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (June 6, 2010). "'Last Airbender' Clip Premieres On MTV Movie Awards". MTV. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Michael Bay Testing Hot Young Actors for 'Transformers 4' Leads (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. November 14, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Michael Bay dot com". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ Josh Wilding (November 14, 2012). "Isabelle Cornish, Luke Grimes And More Being Tested For Transformers 4; First In A New Trilogy?". Comic Book Movie. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bates Motel". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ Douglas Cobb. "2014 Young Hollywood Awards Show Nominees". Guardian Liberty Voice. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ Awards for Nicola Peltz at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ "Teen Choice Awards Nominees For 2014 Announced". The Huffington Post. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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