Virenia Gwendolyn "Nia" Peeples (born December 10, 1961) is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. Peeples is known for playing Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame, Pam Fields, the mother of Emily Fields on hit TV drama Pretty Little Liars, as Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless, and as Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger. Her most recent role is Grace's mom, Susan, on The Fosters.
Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples
December 10, 1961
|Television||The Party Machine with Nia Peeples|
(m. 1984; div. 1986)
(m. 1989; div. 1993)
(m. 1997; div. 2004)
(m. 2004; div. 2015)
Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Elizabeth Joan (née Rubic), a flamenco dancer, and Robert Eugene Peeples. She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines, and were of Filipino, Spanish, French, and German descent. Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scots-Irish, English, Native American, and Italian ancestry. Peeples attended UCLA during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends.
Peeples lives in Malibu, California and has one son Christopher (b. 1989 with ex-husband Howard Hewett), and one daughter Sienna (b. 1998 with ex-husband Lauro Chartrand). They were featured on the July 7, 2013 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap, in which Peeples traded places with singer Tiffany.
She operates an internet based organization called Elements of Life, which promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being. She worked with business coach Amy Applebaum on its development.
On August 11, 2015, Peeples filed for divorce from her surfer husband Sam George. Peeples filed in Los Angeles County, 20 days before the couple's eighth wedding anniversary. Peeples is seeking to keep the couple's home, a Malibu, California manufactured home with an ocean view that's valued at $875,000. Also listed among the couple's community assets is a Las Vegas condo worth $91,000.
Peeples started her career as part of the performance group The Young Americans. In 1988 she hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Trouble", which climbed to #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her most successful pop single is "Street Of Dreams", which hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. She made a music video in 1986 for "All You Can Dream", directed by Alan Bloom and conceptualized by Keith Williams, for the purposes of promoting the values of UCLA. She appeared in Prince's video for "Raspberry Beret". On February 4, 2009, Peeples presented Debbie Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 10th anniversary show. Peeples also attends and performs at the annual live Fame Reunion concerts overseas.
Notably, Peeples portrayed performing arts student Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame. In 1987 she was in the movie North Shore as Kiani. She hosted the short-lived American version of Top of the Pops as well as a weeknight dance music program called The Party Machine with Nia Peeples, and portrayed Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke in the CBS hit series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1999 to 2001. In 2004 Peeples appeared in the season 4 episode of Andromeda The Spider's Stratagem as arms smuggler and love-interest Rox Nava. Nia Peeples joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 2007, playing the role of Karen Taylor, and was released from the role in the spring of 2009. Her last air date was in May 2009. Peeples has been cast in the 2010 ABC Family TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1988||"Trouble"||35||71||1||—||—||Nothin' But Trouble|
|1989||"I Know How (To Make You Love Me)"||—||—||28||—||—|
|1991||"Street of Dreams"||12||73||—||74||23||Nia Peeples|
|1992||"Kissing the Wind"||76||—||—||86||76|
|"Faces of Love"||88||—||—||—||59|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|1981||A Single Light||Deaf Girl||TV movie|
|Nasty Boys||Serena Cruz||TV movie|
|1990||Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer||Cathy Redding||TV movie|
|1992||I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore||Theresa Garabaldi|
|1994||My Name Is Kate||Annie||TV movie|
|XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)||Sasha Townes||TV movie|
|Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14||Allie Thompson||TV movie|
|Mr. Stitch||Dr. Elizabeth English||TV movie|
|1996||Terminal||Janet Reardon||TV movie|
|Bloodhounds II||Nikki Cruise||TV movie|
|1997||Odd Jobs||Assassin||TV movie|
|Tower of Terror||Jill Perry||TV movie|
|1998||Blues Brothers 2000||Lt. Elizondo|
|Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the Men||Special Guest Host|
|2000||Alone with a Stranger||Beth Jenkins|
|The Riff||Heather Anderson|
|2002||The Chang Family Saves the World||Pearl Empress||TV movie|
|Half Past Dead||49er Six|
|2004||The Coven||unknown||TV movie|
|Sub Zero||Kelli Paris|
|2006||Alpha Mom||Susan||TV movie|
|2009||Citizen Jane||Evelyn||TV movie|
|The Outside||Joanne Blakey|
|2011||Battle of Los Angeles||Capt. Karla Smaith||TV movie|
|2012||Werewolf: The Beast Among Us||Vodama||Direct-to-DVD|
|2012||23 Minutes to Sunrise||Direct-to-DVD|
|2015||Lavalantula||Olivia West||TV movie|
|2018||Inferno by Dante||Speaker: Exit|
|2019||The Untold Story||Catarina||completed|
|2019||Purgatory by Dante||Speaker: Matilda and The Garden||post-production|
|2020||Ulysses Coyote||Isadora Begay||pre-production|
|1981||The Music Shoppe||Darcie|
|1983||Tales of the Gold Monkey||Zita Henriques||1 episode|
|Hardcastle and McCormick||Waitress||1 episode|
|Days of Our Lives||Mallory||Unknown episodes|
|1983–1994||General Hospital||Carla Escobar||Unknown episodes|
|1983–1986||Fame||Nicole Chapman||58 episodes|
|1984||T.J. Hooker||Maria Dominguez||1 episode|
|1987||Top of the Pops||Host||Unknown episodes|
|1989||Matlock||Morgan Gerard||1 episode|
|1989–1990||Nasty Boys||Serena Cruz||13 episodes|
|1991||The Party Machine with Nia Peeples||Host||Unknown episodes|
|1992||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Sierra Smith||2 episodes|
|1993||Return to Lonesome Dove||Agostina Vega||Mini-series|
|1994||Highlander: The Series||Nefertiri||1 episode|
|Touched by an Angel||Angela Evans||1 episode|
|1995||Crazy Love||Unknown||Unknown episodes|
|Courthouse||Veronica Gilbert||11 episodes|
|1997||Early Edition||Sister Mary||1 episode|
|Crisis Center||Lily Gannon||5 episodes|
|1998||Real Life||Maya||1 episode|
|1999–2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Sydney Cooke||46 episodes|
|2004||Andromeda||Rox Nava||1 episode|
|The Division||Sandra Prestiss||2 episodes|
|2005||Barbershop||Det. Hahanna||3 episodes|
|2007||Arwin!||Ms. Hawkhauser||1 episode|
|2007–2009||The Young and the Restless||Karen Taylor||130 episodes|
|2010–2017||Pretty Little Liars||Pam Fields||38 episodes|
|2013||Celebrity Wife Swap||Herself||"Nia Peeples/Tiffany"|
|2014||Longmire||Adele Chapman||1 episode|
|2017–2018||The Fosters||Susan||9 episodes|
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