Nicole Blonsky (born November 9, 1988) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and Internet personality, who is best known for her breakthrough role as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray (2007), for which she won a Critics' Choice Award and received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She is also known for her starring role as Willamena Rader in the ABC Family series Huge (2010), for which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination.
Blonsky in January 2008
|Born||November 9, 1988|
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
Blonsky was born and raised in Great Neck, New York. She and her brother Joey are the children of Karen, a school aide, and Carl Blonsky, a municipal worker for the village water pollution control district. Her father is Jewish and her mother Roman Catholic, in which faith she was raised.
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.
Blonsky began acting in 2007, first portraying Tracy Turnblad in the musical film Hairspray, an adaptation of the musical of the same name. The film went on to become a commercial and critical success, and became Blonsky's breakthrough role. 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..." She received several awards and nominations, including winning a Critic's Choice Awards for Best Actress and Best Acting Ensemble, 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.
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. 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, and ran for one season. For the role, Blonsky received a nomination for a Teen Choice Award. 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.
In 2013, Blonsky appeared in two episodes of the NBC Broadway drama series Smash. Later that year, she appeared in the film adaptation of the book Geography Club. The film received mixed reviews. She and the cast were nominated for an award at the ShoWest Convention in 2014. Blonsky appeared Off-Broadway in the play Stuffed by Lisa Lampanelli at the Westside Theatre in October 2017 to November 2017. In 2020, Blonsky launched her video blogging series on her Instagram account, in which she chats with other celebrities.
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. Golden, Blonsky, and Blonsky's father were all charged with assault. That December, the charges against Blonsky and Golden were dropped.
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. In August 2020, Blonsky confirmed that she currently resides on Long Island.
|2008||Queen Sized||Maggie Baker||Lifetime Television film|
|2011||Waiting For Forever||Dolores|
|2012||The English Teacher||Sheila Nussbaum|
|2016||Pup Star||Lady Paw Paw|
|2017||The Last Movie Star||Faith|
|2019||Ghost in the Graveyard||Mrs. E|
|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||Margot||Recurring role (Season 2)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Newcomer||Hairspray||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Awards||Best Young Actress||Won|||
|Best Acting Ensemble||Won|
|Hollywood Film Awards||Ensemble of the Year||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||One To Watch||Won|
|2008||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress, Musical or Comedy||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Ensemble Cast||Nominated|||
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Won|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards||Ensemble Cast Award||Won|||
|Rising Star Award||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Huge||Nominated|||
|2014||ShoWest Convention||Ensemble Award||Geography Club||Nominated|||
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actor Nikki Blonsky in 1988 (age 30)
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