• Nicky Whelan is a 38-year-old Australian actress, TV show host, and model.
• She is best known for her role of Pepper Steiger in the hit Australian soap opera “Neighbours”.
• She has appeared in North American TV series, such as “Scrubs”, “Franklin & Bash” and “Matador”.
• Her net worth is estimated to be $4.3 million.
• She is active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, with a combined following of over 185,000 people.

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FactAustralian actress and model.

Who is Nicky Whelan?

Born on 10 May 1981, in Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia, under the earth sign of Taurus, Nicky Whelan is a 38-year-old Australian actress, TV show host and model, of English ethnicity, but holding Australian citizenship. She is best known for her role of Pepper Steiger in the hit Australian soap opera “Neighbours” – throughout the show’s 35 years of existence, no character has caused as much of a stir as Nicky’s did. Even though she was on the show for only a few months, Pepper was involved in a myriad of situations, ranging from same-sex love affairs to cervical displasia, and even a hostage situation.

Since then, she’s appeared in a number of American TV series, such as “Scrubs”, “Franklin & Bash” and “Matador”. Critics have called her the most versatile Australian actress, as well as one of the only individuals from the “Land Down Under” to succeed on North American soil.


Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Australia

Nicky was raised in the suburbs of Melbourne by parents of unknown names and professions. We do know that she is the granddaughter of Marcus Wheelan, a legend of Australian Rules football, who played for Collingwood Football Club of the Australian Football League (AFL) in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1999, Nicky matriculated from Padua College, a private Catholic high school in Melbourne. From that point onwards, there is no information pertaining to her further education, so it’s believed that she forewent her college education to focus on acting.

It is also unclear whether Whelan received any formal training to perfect her skills, or if she developed them on her own. Given the fact that she is adamant about keeping this part of her life shrouded in secrecy, we might never find out.

Career Beginnings: Modeling, Being a Host and More

The beginnings of Nicky’s career can be traced all the way back to 2003, when she had a supporting role in the popular TV movie entitled “Pizza”. It aired only in Australian, but was a big hit with audiences of all ages. In 2004 she made an appearance in “Russell Coight’s Celebrity Challenge”, in which she took on the part of Chrissie Grant. With these two acting credits, Whelan turned a lot of heads – not only was she skilled and versatile as an actress, but her attractive looks made her perfect for hosting various shows.

Nicky Whelan

With memorable stints as the host of “Beyond the Boundary”, “Melbourne Woman” and “Coxy’s Big Break”, she was a hot topic in Australian show business. Around this time, she also started landing modeling gigs. Appearing on the cover of Inside Sport, FHM and Ralph helped her become known even beyond the boundaries of the Land Down Under. She even did some small-time campaigns for Australian apparel stores and brands, but her big break was just around the corner.

Breakthrough: Neighbours

In 2006, Nicky’s agent called her with an interesting proposition. Apparently, the producers of the legendary soap opera “Neighbours” were looking for an actress to take on a new, but important role. Even though Nicky had never embarked on such an artistic journey, she impressed everyone at the audition, and got the part of Pepper Steiger on the show.

At first, they wanted her to appear in 15-20 episodes, but fans loved her so much that they had no choice but to involve her in more plotlines as time went by. Her character was the proverbial troublemaker, as Pepper was somehow always involved in some intricacy or accident. To top it all off, she always pretended she was oblivious to the world around her. From 2006 to 2007, Whelan appeared in a total of 107 episodes, marking an impressive run. Given the fact that “Neighbours” is rated as the Australian equivalent of “Days of Our Lives”, Nicky’s stint on the show was seen as a great boost to both her reputation and her net worth. It also gave her the opportunity to find work on North American soil.

Hollywood Career: Halloween II, Entourage, Scrubs and More

Upon moving to Los Angeles, California, Nicky was quickly contacted by directors and talent agents, and resulted in a number of job offers. Her first official role in the US was in the touching drama “The Outside”, chronicling the life and struggles of a young surfer named Ned. Afterwards, she was Wendy Snow in “Halloween II”, being slain by the iconic Michael Myers. In 2009, she made guest appearances in “Entourage” and “Melrose Place”, capping off a successful first few months in Hollywood. At the end of the year, she was cast as Maya in the popular medical comedy “Scrubs”. Fans of the show were impressed by her acting skills, as she fittingly played an Australian exchange student.

In the next few years, she mostly focused on shows such as “Friends with Benefits”, “Workaholics” and “NTSF:SD:SUV”, amongst many others. She landed recurring roles in “Franklin & Bash” and “Chosen”, resulting in even more offers due to her versatility. ‘At first, it was kind of hard to adjust to the American way of life’, recalls Nicky in one interview. ‘But I soon learned to value the fun in all of it [acting] and I felt much better.’

Recent Works

In 2014, Whelan was cast as Liz Lewis in “Flight 7500”, which began a new streak of critically acclaimed roles across a wide variety of genres. She took on the part of Annie Mason in “Matador”, a crime drama centered around a DEA agent who has to attend tryouts for a Los Angeles baseball team in order to bring down a drug smuggling ring.

Subsequently, we could see her in “Do It Yourself”, “The Wedding Ringer” and “Knight of Cups”. Once again, she had a lot to offer in a recurring role, this time in “Satisfaction”.

As the years went by, Nicky took on more and more parts, displaying an admirable work ethic. “Rebirth”, “Dog Eat Dog” and “Tragedy Girls” are considered fairly successful movies, which wouldn’t be possible without Whelan’s pizzaz and acting talent. Currently, she has as much as seven movies waiting to be released, which means that 2020 will probably be the busiest year of her career so far. Nicky is in the middle of her acting prime and still has a lot to offer. Her most recent appearance is in a series of betting commercials for CrownBet, an Australian company.

Personal Life: Is Nicky Whelan Married? Does She Have Any Children?

As of August 2019, Nicky is single, according to multiple sources. She was previously married to Kerry Rhodes, an American former football player for the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). The couple tied the knot on 15 April 2017, but they just couldn’t see eye to eye, and in October 2017 that year Nicky left Kerry after just six months of marriage. ‘I can confirm that I have left him’, she said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, an Australian newspaper. ‘But other than that I am not willing to comment any further, because anything else I say is going to make things tricky.’ The “tricky” part of her announcement prompted people to think Kerry was unfaithful, but neither he nor Nicky have since commented on their short-lived experience with marriage.

Other than Rhodes, Nicky has had a relatively interesting dating history. In the past, she was involved with actors David Space and Gary Stretch, as well as former Motley Crue and Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Nicky Whelan?

  • Nicky Whelan is 5ft 4in (163cm)
  • Weighs 120lbs (54kg)
  • Her vital statistics of 34-23.5-35
  • She has blonde hair
  • Bright blue eyes
  • Her dress size is 4 (US)
  • She wears size 7.5 (US Women’s) shoes

Net Worth: How Rich is Nicky Whelan?

Have you ever wondered how rich is this famous Australian actress? According to several credible sources, Nicky Whelan has a net worth of approximately $4.3 million, as of August 2019. She accumulated the majority of her early earnings through modeling engagement, hosting various game shows and being a regular in “Neighbours”.

From that point onwards, Nicky went on to conquer Hollywood. As she is perhaps one of the most famous Australian celebrities abroad, her impressive net worth is not at all surprising. Due to the fact that she is more active than ever, we can expect her net worth to rise in the near future.

Social Media Presence

Whelan has 70,000 fans with whom she interacts on a regular basis. She is also massively popular on Instagram, with 110,000 followers.

General Info

Full NameNicky Whelan
Height1.63 m
ProfessionPresenter, Actor, Model


SiblingsKatie Brannigan


MoviesHall Pass, Left Behind, The Wedding Ringer, 7500, Rebirth, Hollywood & Wine, The Power of Few, Knight of Cups, Paranormal Movie, Dog Eat Dog, The Outside
TV ShowsMatador

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1I think the Australian men and American men are quite different. I feel like Australian men might be a little bit more laid back and a little bit cool whereas American guys are sort of 'boom, boom, boom.'


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Noches con Platanito2016TV Series
Dog Eat Dog2016/IDaniece
House of Lies2016TV SeriesKlare
Second Chance2016TV SeriesBettina
The League2015TV SeriesL-E
Satisfaction2015TV SeriesEmma
Mr. Robinson2015TV SeriesKelly
Knight of Cups2015Nicky
The Wedding Ringer2015Nadia (as Nicole Whelan)
Borrowed Moments2014Melissa
Do It Yourself2014TV MovieTess
Matador2014TV SeriesAnnie Mason
Left Behind2014/IHattie Durham
Flight 75002014Liz Lewis
Chosen2013TV SeriesLaura Mitchell
Franklin & Bash2013TV SeriesCharlie
Paranormal Movie2013Cindy
The Power of Few2013Marti
NTSF:SD:SUV2012TV SeriesSeconds
Departure Date2012ShortViolet
Table for Three2012TV MovieHolly Timmons
Workaholics2011TV SeriesNaomi
Friends with Benefits2011TV SeriesColleen
Hollywood & Wine2011VideoJamie Stephens / Diane Blaine
Hall Pass2011Leigh
Suite 72011TV SeriesGirl #2
Funny or Die Presents...2010TV SeriesSandoz Lilly
Scrubs2009-2010TV SeriesMaya
Carpet Bros2010TV SeriesSandoz Lilly
Dave Knoll Finds His Soul2009TV MovieGirl #2
Melrose Place2009TV SeriesKira
Entourage2009TV SeriesAir Hostess
Halloween II2009Wendy Snow
The Outside2009Spring Easten
Neighbours2006-2007TV SeriesPepper Steiger
Little Deaths2007Thorette
Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge2004TV MovieChrissie Grant
Pizza2003TV SeriesCheerleader


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