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 22)
Westchester, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Nicola Anne Peltz (born January 9, 1995)[1][2] 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 (2013–2015) 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. She has four older brothers, two younger brothers, and an older sister; two of her brothers are actor Will Peltz and ice hockey defenceman Brad Peltz.[3][4] She also has two half-siblings from her father's previous marriages. Her father is of Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent, while her mother has German, Welsh, and English ancestry. The New York Times has described Nicola's parents as "compassionate leaders of the New York Jewish community".[3][5]

When Peltz was 12, she acquired an agent, and by the age of 13, she was starring in a Manhattan Theatre Club production of Blackbird, alongside Jeff Daniels.[6]


Peltz made her film debut as Mackenzie in the Christmas comedy Deck the Halls, released on November 22, 2006. She later appeared as Becki in the comedy film Harold (2008), released on July 11, 2008, and as Lynn in the crime thriller film Righteous Kill, released on September 13, 2008. In June 2008, Peltz starred in the music video for Miley Cyrus' single "7 Things".[7] Two years later, she portrayed Katara in the fantasy adventure film The Last Airbender, which was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and was released on July 2, 2010.[8]

Peltz at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014

On March 18, 2013, Peltz began appearing as part of the main cast in A&E's drama-thriller series Bates Motel.[9] She portrays Bradley Martin, a love interest for the young Norman Bates, alongside co-stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. She left the main cast following the second episode of the second season, but returned as a guest star for the final three episodes of the third season. Peltz appeared in 14 episodes total.[10] 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 on June 27, 2014.[11]

In 2014, Peltz starred as Kate Miller, opposite Ben Rosenfield and Grant Gustin, in the teen drama film Affluenza, which was released on July 11, 2014.[12] In October 2015, she walked the runway for Alexander Wang's last fashion show for Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week.[13] She then joined the cast of the dark comedy film Youth in Oregon, playing Annie Gleason, the daughter of Billy Crudup and Christina Applegate's characters. The film is scheduled for release on February 3, 2017.[14]

Peltz appeared in the music video for Zayn Malik's single "It's You", from his debut solo album, in February 2016.[15] In April 2016, she joined the Hulu drama pilot When the Street Lights Go On, based on a Black List script of the same name.[16] Peltz is set to star alongside Thomas Mann in the sci-fi film Our House, directed by Anthony Scott Burns.[17]



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 Transformers: Age of Extinction Tessa Yeager
2014 Affluenza Kate Miller
2016 Youth in Oregon Annie Gleason
2017 Our House Hannah


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 Bates Motel Bradley Martin 14 episodes
2016 When the Street Lights Go On Television pilot

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
2008 "7 Things" Miley Cyrus
2016 "It's You" Zayn Malik

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress The Last Airbender Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards[18] Breakthrough Actress Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated
CinemaCon Awards[19] Rising Star (shared with Jack Reynor) Won
Teen Choice Awards[20] Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated
2015 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "Official Facebook of Nicola Peltz". Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Barker, Lynn (June 29, 2010). "Exclusive Interview: Nicola Peltz Kicks". Teen Hollywood. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Paid Notice: Deaths Peltz, Claire". The New York Times. April 12, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "5 Facts About Will Peltz". September 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bloom, Nate (July 30, 2010). "Jewish Stars 7/30". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved September 18, 2013. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Sacks, Ethan (June 22, 2014). "'Transformers: Age of Extinction' star Nicola Peltz had a blast on set". New York Daily News. 
  7. ^ Moorhouse, Victoria (July 14, 2014). "5 Things You Didn't Know About Transformers' Nicola Peltz". OK!. 
  8. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (June 6, 2010). "'Last Airbender' Clip Premieres On MTV Movie Awards". MTV. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 19, 2012). "'Bates Motel' Adds 'Last Airbender' Actress as Love Interest for Norman (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 25, 2014). "Comic-Con: Kenny Johnson Upped to Series Regular & Nicola Peltz Returns To 'Bates Motel'". 
  11. ^ "Michael Bay Testing Hot Young Actors for 'Transformers 4' Leads (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. November 14, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 25, 2012). "Pair contract for 'Affluenza': Nicola Peltz, Ben Rosenfield join indie cast". Variety. 
  13. ^ Pieri, Kerri (October 2, 2015). "Alexander Wang's Love Note to Cali at Balenciaga". Harper's Bazaar. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (July 6, 2015). "'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Star Nicola Peltz Joins 'Youth in Oregon' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. ^ Ruby, Jennifer (February 26, 2016). "Zayn Malik debuts brand new video for It's You starring Nicola Peltz exclusively on Apple Music". The Evening Standard. 
  16. ^ Bonner, Mehera (April 12, 2016). "The Next Big Thing: Nicola Peltz". Marie Claire. 
  17. ^ Ford, Rebecca (May 11, 2016). "Cannes: Nicola Peltz Joins Thomas Mann in 'Our House' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ Cobb, Douglas. "2014 Young Hollywood Awards Show Nominees". Guardian Liberty Voice. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ Awards for Nicola Peltz at the Internet Movie Database
  20. ^ "Teen Choice Awards Nominees For 2014 Announced". The Huffington Post. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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