Nikki Blonsky

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Nikki Blonsky
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Blonsky in January 2008
Born (1988-11-09) November 9, 1988 (age 31)
ResidenceFranklin Square, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2007–present

Nicole Blonsky[1] (born November 9, 1988)[2] is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray and as Maggie Baker in the 2008 film Queen Sized. She is also known for her starring role in the ABC Family original series Huge.

Early life[edit]

Blonsky was born and raised in Great Neck, New York.[3] She and her brother Joey[4] are the children of Karen, a school aide, and Carl Blonsky, a municipal worker for the village water pollution control district.[5][6] Her father is Jewish and her mother Roman Catholic, in which faith she was raised.[7]

Blonsky attended Great Neck North Middle School, and attended John L. Miller Great Neck North High School for one year. Then she switched to Village School, an alternative high school with only 50 students.[8] After school each day, she would attend the after-school theatre program at William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, where she participated in productions of Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate, and the title role of the opera Carmen.[6]


Blonsky said that she yearned to play the role of Tracy Turnblad since seeing Hairspray on Broadway on her 15th birthday.[7][9] She went on to audition for her dream role in 2006. Later that year, while working at Cold Stone Creamery, she found out she had been cast in Adam Shankman's 2007 film adaptation.[5] Hairspray went on to become Blonsky's most successful film. Nikki was also honored with multiple award nominations, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical, SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and was featured on the Hairspray soundtrack, which went on to get a Grammy nomination.

Blonsky began work on her debut album in September 2007 and collaborated with alternative rock musician Duncan Sheik on a number of tracks.[citation needed]. Her first single, "On a High", a cover of one of Sheik's songs, was featured in Blonsky's Lifetime Original Movie Queen Sized. On December 18, 2007, she performed with the Turtle Creek Chorale in her first solo performance.[citation needed]

On June 22, 2008, she sang the American National Anthem in the pre-race ceremony at the 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.[10]

In 2009, Blonsky made a guest appearance on Ugly Betty, in the episode "Dressed for Success".[11] Blonsky also co-starred in the MTV mystery series Valemont in 2009. She later starred in the short lived ABC Family series Huge, which premiered in June 2010,[12] but was cancelled three months later.

In 2013, Blonsky appeared in two episodes of the NBC Broadway drama series Smash.[13] Later that year, she appeared in the film adaptation of Geography Club.[14]

She appeared Off-Broadway in the play Stuffed by Lisa Lampanelli at the Westside Theatre in October 2017 to November 2017.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2008, Blonsky and her parents were involved in a violent confrontation with the family of Bianca Golden, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, at the Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos.[16] Golden, Blonsky, and Blonsky's father were all charged with assault.[17] That December, the charges against Blonsky and Golden were dropped.[18]

In 2011, Blonsky earned a cosmetology license, and began working part-time as a hairstylist and make-up artist in her hometown of Great Neck, New York in between acting auditions.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hairspray Tracy Turnblad Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hollywood Film Festival for Ensemble Cast of the Year
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Rising Star
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Most Promising Actress
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Young Hollywood Awards for One to Watch
2008 Queen Sized Maggie Baker Lifetime Television film[20]
2008 Harold Rhonda Baxter
2011 Waiting For Forever Dolores
2012 The English Teacher[21] Sheila Nussbaum
2013 Geography Club Therese
2016 Pup Star[citation needed] Lady Paw Paw
2017 The Last Movie Star[22] Faith


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ace of Cakes Herself Episode: "The Eagle Has Landed"
2009 Ugly Betty Teri O'Shaughnessy Episode: "Dressed for Success"
2009 Valemont Poppy Barker Main role
2010 Huge Willamena Rader Lead role
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Female
2011 The Fresh Beat Band MC Freeze Episode: "Dance Floor Superhero"
2011 Rocco's Dinner Party Herself Episode: "Runway Ready"
2013 Smash[13] Margot Recurring role (Season 2)


  1. ^ "Zac Efron prepares for 'Hairspray'". Digital Spy. November 7, 2008. Archived from the original on May 30, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 9, 2018". United Press International. November 9, 2018. actor Nikki Blonsky in 1988 (age 30)
  3. ^ Hill, Logan (Summer 2011). "Big Girl Now". New York. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Kahn, Robert (December 13, 2007). "Family with Nikki Blonsky when she got Globes nod". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. (subscription required)
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  6. ^ a b Fischler, Marcelle S. (July 8, 2007). "For 'Hairspray' Star, 'My Darn Dream Come True'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Bloom, Nate (July 10, 2007). "She's the Man: A Q&A with Amanda Bynes". Interfaith Family. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  8. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. (July 8, 2007). "For 'Hairspray' Star, 'My Darn Dream Come True'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  9. ^ Fox, Michael (July 19, 2007). "ARTS: Welcome To The '60s". The Detroit Jewish News. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2007.
  10. ^ "At the Races", June 2008, retrieved June 3, 2019
  11. ^ "Nikki Blonsky to Stir Up Trouble for Ugly Betty" TV Guide, November 4, 2008, Retrieved on November 5, 2008
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 22, 2010). "Nikki Blonsky to star in ABC Family's 'Huge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  13. ^ a b Barton, Chris (September 17, 2012). "'Smash' adds Broadway vets Nikki Blonsky, Jesse L. Martin". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  14. ^ "Geography Club (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  15. ^ Stuffed Internet Off-Broadway database, retrieved June 3, 2019
  16. ^ Tauber, Michelle (October 9, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky: Airport Brawl Left Me 'Destroyed'". People. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  17. ^ Helling, Steve (August 8, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky's Father Denied Bail in Airport Brawl Case". People. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  18. ^ Serpe, Gina (December 31, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky, Next Top Modeler Cleared in Airport Smackdown". E! News. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  19. ^ Lovece, Frank (December 12, 2011). "Nikki Blonsky: No beauty school dropout". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012.
  20. ^ "Nikki Blonsky has no problem with plus-size roles" Orange County Register, January 11, 2008
  21. ^ The English Teacher, retrieved June 3, 2019
  22. ^ The Last Movie Star (also Dog Years, retrieved June 3, 2019

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