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Nikki Blonsky Biography

Birth Name:
Nicole Margaret Blonsky
Birth Place:
Great Neck, New York, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Started singing at age 3 and began voice lessons when she was 8
  • In high school she performed in Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Kiss Me, Kate
  • Best known for her debut film role starring as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 movie remake of Hairspray
  • She was informed that she had landed the role while working at her job at Cold Stone Creamery
  • Her reaction to the news was recorded and broadcast on Entertainment Tonight
  • Received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Hairspray
  • She has also starred in Valemont on MTV, Queen Sized on Lifetime and guest-starred on Ugly Betty
  • Authored and published a poem in honor of Jonathan Lee Ielpi, a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11
  • Was arrested along with her father for assault over a conflict about airline seats with Bianca Golden, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model


  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actress: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Performer: nominated
  • 2007Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Newcomer: nominated


  • Joey Blonsky -- Brother
  • Carl Blonsky -- Father
  • Karen Smeja Blonsky -- Mother