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Aubrey Shea Peeples (born November 27, 1993)[1][3] is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Layla Grant in the ABC drama series Nashville and Claudia Shepard in Sharknado. Peeples also played the lead role in the romantic musical fantasy comedy-drama film Jem and the Holograms (2015).

Aubrey Peeples
Aubrey Peeples on 2014 “Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas”.jpg
Aubrey Peeples in 2014
Aubrey Shea Peeples[1][2]

(1993-11-27) November 27, 1993 (age 25)[1][3]
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2009–present


Early lifeEdit

Aubrey Shea Peeples was born and raised in Lake Mary, Florida, by parents Wendy and Ashley,[1][3] and has a younger sister named Ally.[3] Growing up, Aubrey performed with the Orlando Repertory Theatre for 10 years.[4][5] She graduated from Lake Mary Preparatory School,[6] where she was valedictorian of the class of 2012.[4][5] Peeples was accepted to Harvard University but deferred entry twice, the second time to accept her role on Nashville.[4]


Peeples guest-starred in Drop Dead Diva, Burn Notice, Austin & Ally, Grey's Anatomy, and had a recurring role on Necessary Roughness.[7] She appeared in made for television movies Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective, The Good Mother and Sharknado.

She was cast in a major recurring role, playing Layla Grant a runner-up in a reality singing competition and rising country star, in the second season of the ABC drama series Nashville.[7][8][9][10] She was later promoted to regular status for Nashville's fourth season.[11] However, Peeples did not return for the show's fifth season when Nashville moved to CMT.[12][13]

In 2014, Peeples was cast as lead character in the romantic musical fantasy comedy-drama film Jem and the Holograms, based on the 1980s television show of the same name.[14] The same year Peeples co-starred in the crime thriller Rage opposite Nicolas Cage.[15] In September 2014, Peeples was named one of the best actors under the age of twenty by Indiewire.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rage Caitlin Maguire
2015 Jem and the Holograms Jem / Jerrica Benton Lead role
2017 Heartthrob Sam Lead role
2017 Cowboy Drifter Tanner Wilde
2018 Locating Silver Lake Talya
2018 A Conversation: Anne Frank Meets God Anne Frank Short film
2018 Decadeless Gertie Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective Daniella Television film
2010 Drop Dead Diva Madison Thomas Episode: "Bad Girls"
2011 Charlie's Angels Sarah Daniels Episode: "Angel with a Broken Wing"
2011 Burn Notice Sophie Resnick Episode: "Necessary Evil"
2011–12 Necessary Roughness Winter 3 episodes
2012 Austin & Ally Cassidy Episode: "Diners & Daters"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Girlfriend Episode: "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"
2013 The Good Mother Kate Television film
2013 Sharknado Claudia Shepard Television film
2013–16 Nashville Layla Grant Recurring role (seasons 2–3); main role (season 4); 54 episodes
2013 The Eric Andre Show Herself Season 3, Episode 6
2014 Star-Crossed Rochelle Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Recovery Road Harper 2 episodes
2019 Death of a Cheerleader Bridget Moretti TV Movie


  1. ^ a b c d "Births". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. December 26, 1993. Retrieved 2014-01-16. Peeples, Aubrey Shea, born to Wendy and Ashley, Lake Mary, Winter Park Memorial Hospital
  2. ^ "Donor Recognition List" (PDF). United Arts. 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-16.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Taramykin, Cherylann (September–October 2009). "Check out this kid: Aubrey Peeples". Lake Mary Life. Lake Mary, FL. Retrieved 2014-01-16. At 15, Aubrey … parents, Wendy and Ashley
  4. ^ a b c Manieri, Kristen (November 1, 2013). "Lake Mary to Nashville". Lake Mary Life. Lake Mary, FL. Retrieved 2014-01-16. Aubrey Peeples … the 19-year-old actress from Lake Mary
  5. ^ a b Boedeker, Hal (August 1, 2013). "'Sharknado' sends Lake Mary actress flying". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  6. ^ "LMP Graduate Achieves Recurring Role on ABC Hit Series, Nashville". Lake Mary Preparatory School. August 21, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  7. ^ a b Gonzalez, Maricela (July 29, 2013). "'Sharknado' actress reels in 'Nashville' role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  8. ^ Richenthal, Matt (July 30, 2013). "Aubrey Peeples to Keep It Real on Nashville". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  9. ^ Blackwelder, Carson (July 31, 2013). "Aubrey Peeples Heading From Sharknado to Nashville". Wetpaint. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  10. ^ Gonzalez, Maricela (September 25, 2013). "'Nashville' season premiere: 10 things you can expect this year". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  11. ^ Roots, Kimberly; Roots, Kimberly (July 23, 2015). "Nashville Promotes Aubrey Peeples to Series Regular in Season 4". TVLine.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 23, 2016). "'Nashville': Regulars Will Chase & Aubrey Peeples Depart As Series Moves To CMT". Deadline Hollywood.
  13. ^ Roots, Kimberly; Roots, Kimberly (June 23, 2016). "Nashville Shakeup: Two Series Regulars Exit Ahead of Move to CMT". TVLine.
  14. ^ Bender, Kelli (April 25, 2014). "Jem and the Holograms Cast Revealed: Meet the Actresses Behind the Band". People. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  15. ^ Papa, Brian (July 24, 2013). "Interview With Sharknado's Aubrey Peeples". Page Q Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  16. ^ Staff, The Playlist. "On The Rise: 20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20". Indiewire. Retrieved February 16, 2017.

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