Nikki Blonsky

Actress, Singer
Plucked from obscurity, high school senior Nikki Blonsky went from scooping ice cream to starring opposite John Travolta in the blockbuster Hollywood musical "Hairspray" (2007) in the blink of an eye. Cameras from ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1988 in Great Neck, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Geography Club 2013 (Movie)

Terese (Actor)

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The English Teacher 2013 (Movie)

Sheila Nussbaum (Actor)

Waiting for Forever 2011 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Huge 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold 2008 (Movie)

Rhonda Baxter (Actor)

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Tracy Turnblad (Actor)

The 2007 Teen Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen Sized (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("You Can't Stop The Beat") (Song Performer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("Good Morning Baltimore") (Song Performer)

Biography

Plucked from obscurity, high school senior Nikki Blonsky went from scooping ice cream to starring opposite John Travolta in the blockbuster Hollywood musical "Hairspray" (2007) in the blink of an eye. Cameras from "Entertainment Tonight" were there to record the moment when the full-figured teenager from rural New York received the news that she landed the career-making lead role. But friends and family knew that her success was not a lucky lottery win - she had been singing and dancing since early childhood, and was a mainstay in musicals and theater in high school. The fact that a "Hairspray" movie was in the works was well known to Blonsky. A fan of the Broadway show since she was 15, she not only auditioned for a role in the play, she regularly kept tabs of the film over the Internet. The moment she learned casting was starting for the big screen version, Blonsky put together an audition tape that eventually won the hearts of filmmakers and studio executives.

Relationships

Carl Blonsky

Father

Karen Blonsky

Mother

EDUCATION

Great Neck North High School

Great Neck , New York

Great Neck Village School

Transfered in her sophomore year; graduated in June 2006

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Hayley Hasselhoff in ABC Family's "Huge," about young adults in a weight-loss camp

2009

Starred in MTV's short-lived horror series "Valemont"

2009

Guest-starred as a young journalist in ABC's "Ugly Betty"

2008

Co-starred as the nerdy best friend of Spencer Breslin in the teen comedy "Harold"

2007

Portrayed Tracy Turnblad in the big-screen remake and adaptation of the musical "Hairspray"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2006

Won the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, beating out more than 1,000 other hopefuls in a nationwide search

Auditioned for "Hairspray," the Broadway show but was told she was too young

Began taking voice lessons at 8 years-old

Attended the Broadway production of "Hairspray," for her 15th birthday

Starred in high school productions, "Les Miserables" and "Kiss Me, Kate"

Bonus Trivia

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Blonsky stands at just 4 feet, 10 inches tall

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