• Nia Peeples is an actress and musician best known for her roles in "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Pretty Little Liars".
• She has Filipino, French, Spanish, German, Irish, English, Italian, and Native American ancestry.
• She is currently working on the TV series “The Fosters” and has several films in post-production.
• She has two children from her four failed marriages.
• She is popular on social media platforms, with close to 200,000 followers on Instagram, over 175,000 followers on Twitter, and over 130,000 followers on Facebook.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1961
SpouseSam George (m. 2004), Lauro Chartrand (m. 1997–2004), Howard Hewett (m. 1989–1993), Guy Ecker (m. 1984–1986)
MarkTypically signs her autograph with "Love, Joy & Peace."
FactEx-sister-in-law of Anita Hewett.

Who is Nia Peeples?

Born Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples on the 10th December 1961, in Hollywood, California USA, she is an actress and musician, perhaps best known to the world as Syndey Cooke in the TV western series “Walker, Texas Ranger”, and most recently as Pam Fields in the TV mystery-drama series “Pretty Little Liars” (2010-2017), among other roles she has secured so far in her career.

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Where is Nia Peeples Now?

Nia is still active in the entertainment industry, and is nearing her 80th role; most recently she has started working on the TV series “The Fosters”, and has several films in post-production, including “The Untold Story”, and the trilogy of Dante’s Divine Comedy, “Inferno by Dante”, Purgatory by Dante”, and “Paradise by Dante”, among many other projects.

Nia Peeples Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education

Of very mixed ancestry, Nia has Filipino, French, Spanish, German, Irish, English, Italian, and Native American ancestry. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Robert Eugene Peeples, and grew up in West Covina, from where after the successful completion of high school, she enrolled at the UCLA, and during this time, she was Liberace’s opening act in Las Vegas during the weekends.

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Career beginnings

Nia first launched her acting career in the early ‘80s, made her acting debut in the TV series “The Music Shoppe”, and the same year appeared in the television film “A Single Girl”. She then played Carla Escobar in the drama series “General Hospital” from 1983 to 1984, and also portrayed Mallory in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, later the same year.

Rise to Prominence

A little later she was chosen for the role of Nicole in the TV series “Fame”, and in three years appeared in over 50 episodes of the highly-acclaimed musical drama series. The role of Nicole made her popular within Hollywood circles and after her stint in the series ended she secured the lead role in the romantic drama film “North Shore” (1987), while in 1990 she portrayed Serena Cruz in the TV action-crime series “Nasty Boys”, then in 1992 she had the lead role in the romantic comedy film “I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore” with Jason Alexander and Lainie Kazan.  In 1994 she portrayed Annie in the television drama film “My Name Is Kate” and the next year appeared in all 11 episodes of the short-lived series “Courthouse”, but it wasn’t until 1999 that she secured one of her first major roles, as Sydney Cooke in the TV adventure-crime series “Walker, Texan Ranger”, with Chuck Norris in the lead role. After her stint in the show ended in 2001, Nia continued with several lead roles, such as in the film “The Riff”, then sci-fi action film “Connors’ War” in 2006, and in 2007 she was chosen for the role of Karen Taylor in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”, featuring in more than 130 episodes of the daytime drama, which turned her into a star actress.

Continual Success

Soon after she ended her stint in “The Young and The Restless”, she secured herself another long-running role, as Pam Fields in the TV series “Pretty Little Liars”, featuring in 38 episodes from 2010 to 2017, and was pretty active in other projects, such as the lead role in the sci-fi action adventure “Battle of Los Angeles”, and then portraying Vadoma in the horror film “Werewolf: The Beast Among Us”. However, after that, she had several unsuccessful roles, but managed to bounce back in 2017 with the part of Susan in the TV series “The Fosters” (2017-2018). Also, most recently she portrayed Claudia Mnemosyne in the thriller film “Mnemosyne” (2017), and Kristen Rhodes in the romantic drama film “Mistrust” (2018).

An Accomplished Musician

Nia is also successful as a musician; she has been involved in music since the mid- ‘80s, and her debut album “Nothin’ But trouble” came out in 1988, and peaked at No. 97 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, she has released two more studio albums – “Nea Peeples” in 1991, and “Songs of the Cinema” in 2007.

Nia Peeples Net Worth

Since launching her career, Nia has featured in over 75 film and TV titles, some of which benefited her wealth, although some failed to make much of a positive impact on her career. Some of the most profitable projects on which she has worked include “Pretty Little Liars”, then the film “North Shore”, and “Walker, Texas Ranger”, among others. So, have you ever wondered how rich Nia Peeples is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Nia’s net worth is as high as $1.5 million.

Nia Peeples Personal Life, Marriage, Children, Ex-husband Guy Ecker

Nia has been quite open when it comes to ups and downs that happened to her behind the camera. She has been married and divorced four times, firstly to Guy Ecker, from 1984 to 1986, a famous soap opera actor, best known to the world for his role in the telenovela “ Café, con aroma de mujer”. After that, she married Howard Hewett in 1989 and divorced him in 1993, then married Lauro Chartrand in 1997, but the two divorced in 2004. The same year she married Sam George, but then they divorced in 2015. In her lawsuit, Nia has asked for their mobile home with an ocean view that’s valued at $875,000, and their Las Vegas condo worth $91,000.

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Nia has two children from these failed marriages; one with Howard Hewett, and one with Lauro Chartrand.

Internet Popularity

Nia has become quite popular on social media platforms, especially Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as well. Her official Instagram page has close to 200,000 followers, with whom she has shared pictures of herself and her friends, and also enjoying life on her own in her free time. Nia is also active on Twitter, with over 175,000 followers, and which she uses for more personal reasons, sharing her thoughts, ideas, and interests, including a picture of a sunset with a follow-up message. You can find Nia on Facebook as well, on which she has over 130,000 followers.

General Info

Full NameNia Peeples
Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1961
Height1.57 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationWest Covina High School, University of California, Los Angeles


SpouseSam George (m. 2004), Lauro Chartrand (m. 1997–2004), Howard Hewett (m. 1989–1993), Guy Ecker (m. 1984–1986)
ChildrenChristopher Hewett, Sienna Noelle Peeples Chartrand
ParentsRobert Peeples, Elizabeth Peeples
SiblingsCynthia Peeples, Paula Peeples


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
MoviesHalf Past Dead, DeepStar Six, Lavalantula, Battle of Los Angeles, Blues Brothers 2000, Werewolf: The Beast Among Us, Alone With A Stranger, Connors' War, Citizen Jane, Tower of Terror, 23 Minutes to Sunrise, North Shore, Mr. Stitch, Monica, Dante's Inferno Animated, Terminal, Miracle Underground, In...
TV ShowsFame, Nasty Boys, The Party Machine with Nia Peeples, Marker, Walker, Texas Ranger, Pretty Little Liars, Return to Lonesome Dove, Courthouse, Crisis Center

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#Marks / Signs
1Typically signs her autograph with "Love, Joy & Peace."


1Ex-sister-in-law of Anita Hewett.
2Related to Todd Breedlove.
3Trained in wushu under Bruce Fontaine.
4Attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana, in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.
5Mother is a flamenco dancer, father is an artist.
6Mother Elizabeth Peeples is of Filipino, German and Spanish descent. Father Robert is of Italian, Scottish, Irish and Native American Heritage.
7Presenter of The Spirit Horse Award for Best Picture to Paul Feig, for I Am David (2003), at the San Diego Film Festival 2003
8Children are Christopher Eugene Howard Hewett (b. June 19, 1989 with ex-husband Howard Hewett) and Sienna Noelle Peeples Chartrand (b. November 11, 1998 with ex-husband Lauro Chartrand).
9She was once engaged to her Fame (1982) co-star, actor Carlo Imperato.




Walker, Texas Ranger1999-2001TV SeriesSydney Cooke
Alone with a Stranger2001Beth Jenkins
Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the Men1998TV MovieSpecial Guest Host
Poodle Springs1998TV MovieAngel
Blues Brothers 20001998Lt. Elizondo
Real Life1998TV SeriesMaya
Odd Jobs1997TV MovieAssassin
Early Edition1997TV SeriesSister Mary
Tower of Terror1997TV MovieJill Perry
Crisis Center1997TV SeriesLily Gannon
Bloodhounds II1996TV MovieNikki Cruise
Terminal1996TV MovieJanet Reardon
Crazy Love1995TV Series
Mr. Stitch1995TV MovieDoctor Elizabeth English
Courthouse1995TV SeriesVeronica Gilbert
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 141995TV MovieAllie Thompson
Marker1995TV SeriesLisa
Touched by an Angel1994TV SeriesAngela Evans
Improper Conduct1994Bernie
XXX's & OOO's1994TV MovieSasha Townes
Highlander1994TV SeriesNefertiri
My Name Is Kate1994TV MovieAnnie
Return to Lonesome Dove1993TV Mini-SeriesAgostina Vega
The New WKRP in Cincinnati1993TV SeriesSierra Smith
I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore1992Theresa Garabaldi
Nasty Boys1989-1990TV SeriesSerena Cruz
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer1990TV MovieCathy Redding
Nasty Boys1989TV MovieSerena Cruz
Matlock1989TV SeriesMorgan Gerard
Swimsuit1989TV MovieMaria Detney
DeepStar Six1989Scarpelli
North Shore1987Kiani
Fame1983-1986TV SeriesNicole Chapman / Mariana Gimblestein / Girlfriend
T.J. Hooker1984TV SeriesMaria Dominguez
Hardcastle and McCormick1983TV SeriesWaitress
Tales of the Gold Monkey1983TV SeriesZita Henriques
A Single Light1981TV MovieDeaf Girl
The Music Shoppe1981TV SeriesDarcie
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesMallory (1983)
General Hospital1963TV SeriesCarla Escobar (1983-1994)
Paradise by Dante2019post-productionSpeaker: 2nd Sphere - Mercury (voice)
Purgatory by Dante2018post-productionSpeaker: Matilda and The Garden (voice)
Inferno by Dante2017post-productionSpeaker: Exit
Miracle Underground2017pre-production voice
The Untold Story2017completedCatarina
Mistrust2017post-productionKristen Rhodes
Alaska Is a Drag2016post-productionLucy
Pretty Little Liars2010-2017TV SeriesPam Fields
Lavalantula2015TV MovieOlivia West
Lap Dance2014Kelly
Longmire2014TV SeriesAdele Chapman
Dante's Hell Animated2013ShortBeatrice (English version, voice)
23 Minutes to Sunrise2012Rachel
Dark Desire2012TV MovieMarta
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us2012VideoVadoma
Battle of Los Angeles2011VideoCapt. Karla Smaith
Citizen Jane2009TV MovieEvelyn
The Outside2009Joanne Blakey
The Young and the Restless2007-2009TV SeriesKaren Taylor / Karen Winters
Arwin!2007TV MovieMs. Hawkhauser
Alpha Mom2006TV MovieSusan
Special Unit2006TV MovieTara
Connors' War2006VideoAmanda
House Broken2006TV MovieMs. Hawkhauser
Barbershop2005TV SeriesDet. Hahanna
Sub Zero2005VideoKelli Paris
Inside Out2005/IMaria
The Division2004TV SeriesSandra Prestiss
Andromeda2004TV SeriesRox Nava
The Coven2004TV Movie
Half Past Dead200249er Six
The Chang Family Saves the World2002TV MoviePearl Empress
The Riff2001Heather Anderson


Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: "I Know How to Make You Love Me"
I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore1992performer: "Sing an Italian Song", "Italian Love", "Underneath an Italian Sky", "O Sole Mio", "Funiculi, Funicula"
The Cutting Edge1992performer: "Street of Dreams"
Sing1989performer: "You Don't Have to Ask Me Twice"
License to Drive1988performer: "TROUBLE"
North Shore1987performer: "Be My Lover"
Fame1984-1986TV Series performer - 38 episodes


Connors' War2006Video associate producer
Treading Water2002producer


Treading Water2002


Treading Water2002


The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary short special thanks
Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the Men1998TV Movie special thanks


Unsung2016TV Series documentaryHerself
The Dr. Tess Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2013TV MovieHerself
Celebrity Wife Swap2013TV SeriesHerself
The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts2012DocumentaryHerself
Bob Zany: Close But No Cigar2010DocumentaryHerself
Bring Back... Fame2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 2008 Hero Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Pulled Over2004TV SeriesHerself
2003 ABC World Stunt Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHerself
It's a Miracle1998TV Series documentaryHerself - Co-Host (1999)
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary shortHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHerself
ABC Afterschool Specials1994TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1988-1992TV Series documentaryHerself
The Party Machine with Nia Peeples1991TV SeriesHerself - Host
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHerself
Raffaella Venerdì, Sabato e Domenica... E saranno famosi1990TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Pops1987-1988TV SeriesHerself - Host
Videopolis Superstar Special1988TV MovieHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
All You Can Dream1986ShortHerself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Fame1984-1985TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Fame1987TV SeriesNicole Chapman


Nominated Awards

2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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