Nikki Blonsky

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Nikki Blonsky
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Blonsky in January 2008
Nicole Blonsky

(1988-11-09) November 9, 1988 (age 32)
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2007–present

Nicole Blonsky[1] (born November 9, 1988)[2] is an American actress, singer, dancer, and Internet personality who is known for her breakthrough role as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray (2007), for which she won two Critics' Choice Awards and received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award. She has since starred as Willamena Rader in the ABC Family series Huge (2010), for which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination, had a recurring role as Margot on the series Smash (2013), and had roles in the films Geography Club (2013) as Therese and The Last Movie Star (2017) as Faith.

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, whereas her mother is Roman Catholic; she was raised in the latter faith.[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.[6]

She daily attended 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 at the 2008 Voice awards

Blonsky began acting in 2007, first portraying Tracy Turnblad in the musical film Hairspray, an adaptation of the musical of the same name.[7][8] The film went on to become a commercial and critical success, and became Blonsky's breakthrough role.[9] She received praise for her performance, with Roger Ebert of The New York Times writing "Without somebody like Nikki Blonsky at the heart of the movie, it might fall flat, but everybody works at her level of happiness..."[10] She received several awards and nominations, including winning a Critic's Choice Awards for Best Actress and Best Acting Ensemble,[11] and being nominated a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[12][13]

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.[14] In 2009, Blonsky also co-starred in the MTV mystery series Valemont in 2009. In 2010, Blonsky co-starred with Raven Goodwin in the short lived ABC Family series Huge, which premiered in June 2010,[15] and ran for one season. For the role, Blonsky received a nomination for a Teen Choice Award.[16] 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, between acting auditions.[17]

In 2013, Blonsky appeared in two episodes of the NBC Broadway drama series Smash.[18] Later that year, she appeared in the film adaptation of the book Geography Club.[19] The film received mixed reviews.[20] She and the cast were nominated for an award at the ShoWest Convention in 2014.[21] Blonsky appeared Off-Broadway in the play Stuffed by Lisa Lampanelli at the Westside Theatre in October 2017 to November 2017.[22] In 2020, Blonsky launched her video blogging series on her Instagram account, in which she chats with other celebrities.

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.[23] Golden, Blonsky, and Blonsky's father were all charged with assault.[24] That December, the charges against Blonsky and Golden were dropped.[25]

In June 2020, Blonsky came out as gay in a video posted to the social media site TikTok set to the song "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross.[26][27][28][29] In August 2020, Blonsky confirmed that she currently resides on Long Island.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hairspray Tracy Turnblad
2008 Queen Sized Maggie Baker Lifetime Television film[31]
2008 Harold Rhonda Baxter
2011 Waiting For Forever Dolores
2012 The English Teacher[32] Sheila Nussbaum
2013 Geography Club Therese
2016 Pup Star[citation needed] Lady Paw Paw
2017 The Last Movie Star[33] Faith
2019 Ghost in the Graveyard[citation needed] Mrs. E


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[18] Margot Recurring role (Season 2)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2007 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Newcomer Hairspray Nominated [34]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Young Actress Won [11]
Best Acting Ensemble Won
Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year Won [35]
Young Hollywood Awards One To Watch Won
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Nominated [12]
Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Nominated [36]
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Won [37]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [13]
Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Ensemble Cast Award Won [38]
Rising Star Award Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Huge Nominated [16]
2014 ShoWest Convention Ensemble Award Geography Club Nominated [21]


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  18. ^ a b Barton, Chris (September 17, 2012). "'Smash' adds Broadway vets Nikki Blonsky, Jesse L. Martin". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 26, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  19. ^ "Geography Club (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Lopez, John; Angeles, ContributorWriting/filmmaker living in Los (April 30, 2013). "Newport Film Festival's 'The Geography Club' Depicts the New Normal of Gay Relationships". HuffPost. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  21. ^ a b "ShoWest Convention, USA (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  22. ^ "Stuffed". Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
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  24. ^ Helling, Steve (August 8, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky's Father Denied Bail in Airport Brawl Case". People. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  25. ^ Serpe, Gina (December 31, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky, Next Top Modeler Cleared in Airport Smackdown". E! News. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  26. ^ "Nikki Blonsky on TikTok". Nikki Blonsky TikTok account. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  27. ^ VanHoose, Benjamin (June 29, 2020). "Hairspray Star Nikki Blonsky Comes Out as Gay While Lip-Syncing Diana Ross' 'I'm Coming Out'". People. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
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  31. ^ "Nikki Blonsky has no problem with plus-size roles". Orange County Register. California. January 11, 2008. Archived from the original on June 3, 2019.
  32. ^ "The English Teacher". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  33. ^ "The Last Movie Star (also Dog Years)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  34. ^ "2007 EDA Awards Nominees Announced – ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS". Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  35. ^ "Hollywood Film Awards (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  36. ^ "Gold Derby Awards (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  37. ^ "Online Film Critics Society Awards (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  38. ^ "Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala". Retrieved October 9, 2020.

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