Nicola Peltz is an American actress who came into limelight after she portrayed the character of ‘Katara’ in the movie, ‘The Last Airbender’. She also earned kudos for her performances in the TV series, ‘Bates Motel’ and in the fourth movie of the ‘Transformers’ films series, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’. She was also a part of the star cast for ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’—the fifth film in the Transformers sequence. Her career got off the ground at the age of 13 when she debuted onstage in the Manhattan Theater Club’s production, ‘Blackbird’. Her filmography kicked off with ‘Deck the Halls’ where she portrayed the character of ‘Mackenzie’. She made her mark on the silver screen by demonstrating her acting prowess in movies like ‘Harold’, ‘Eye of the Hurricane’, ‘Youth in Oregon’ and ‘Affluenza’. Nicola Peltz has also made her presence felt on the small screen with her striking depiction of Bradley Martin in the TV series ‘Bates Motel’. She has also done cameos in music videos of Zayn Malik and Miley Cyrus.
Childhood & Early Career
Nicola Peltz was born on 9 January 1995, in Westchester County, New York, to Nelson Peltz and Claudia Heffner Peltz. Her father, Nelson Peltz is a billionaire businessman and was an erstwhile owner of ‘Snapple’—a beverages firm—while her mother was a model.
Nicola has a total of seven siblings; one sister and four brothers older than her, and two brothers younger to her. One of her brothers, Will Peltz is an actor while another, Brad Peltz is an ice-hockey player. She has two step-siblings as well by virtue of his father’s earlier marriages.
She attended private schools in New York City and hired an entertainment industry agent by the time she was 12. Her agent helped her to find a part in the drama, ‘Blackbird’ produced by Manhattan Theater Club where she shared the stage with Alison Phil and Jeff Daniels, in 2007.
Scripted by David Harrower, and directed by Joe Mantello, ‘Blackbird’ won the Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Best New Play’ in 2007 and was also nominated for several other awards.
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In 2006, Nicola Petz made her silver screen debut in ‘Deck the Halls’ a Yuletide comedy film, starring as Mackenzie alongside Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, and Matthew Broderick.
In 2008, she portrayed Becki in the comedy film, ‘Harold’ that also featured Cuba Gooding Jr., Spencer Breslin, Nikki Blonsky, and Ally Sheedy.
She appeared in a cameo in a Miley Cyrus music video for the single, “7 Things”, in June 2008.
In 2010, she was cast as Katara in the fantasy adventure movie, ‘The Last Airbender’ directed and co-produced by Manoj Night Shyamalan. The Last Airbender’ was adapted from an eponymous animation series which aired on ‘Nickelodeon’. Nicole achieved fame and recognition for her performance in the movie.
Starting from 2013 till 2015, Nicole reprised the character of Bradley Martin, a distressed high school student in a total of 14 episodes of the thriller drama series ‘Bates Motel’. ’Bates Motel’ TV series was a remake of and prequel to the horror thriller, ‘Psycho’ directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960.
Nicola Peltz was not part of the lead cast in the ‘Bates Motel’s’ second season but reappeared as a guest star in the last three episodes of the third season.
She also attracted widespread attention and amassed sweeping appreciation from fans and critics alike owing to her poignant representation of Tessa Yeager in the fourth movie of the ‘Transformers’ series ’Transformers: Age of Extinction’. The movie was the top grossing film in 2014; the 19th motion picture in US film history to garner revenues exceeding $1 billion, and the 16th highest grossing film ever.
She reprised her role as Tessa Yeager in the fifth chapter of the Transformers movie franchise titled, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ but only as a cameo voiceover artist. The movie was not only scathingly censured by critics but also turned out to be the lowest earning film in the Transformer series.
In 2014, she also starred in the movie ‘Affluenza’. The film modeled on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, ‘The Great Gatsby’, is set in an upper-class suburb of Long Island in New York City and portrays high-society life following the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Nicola Peltz who had participated in several modeling assignments as a child again strutted on the runway at the Paris Fashion Week in 2015 for Balenciaga, a chic fashion house.
In 2016, she played the character of Annie Gleason in ‘Youth in Oregon’—a black comedy film—and also played as a cameo in a Zayn Malik music video.
She is part of the main cast for the movies, ‘Hannah’ and ‘Back Roads’ both of which are in the post-production stage. She appeared in an episode of the TV series ‘Inhumans’, titled “Behold….The Inhumans” in 2017, portraying the character Jane.
She also guest starred in an episode of the drama serial ‘When the Street Lights Go On’, named, ‘Pilot’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2011, she was nominated for the Worst Supporting Actress in Golden Rspberry Awards and for Breakthrough Actress in Young Hollyword Award for the movie 'The Last Airbender'.
In 2014, she won the CinemaCon Award for the Rising Star category for the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction. She was nominated for Teen Choice Award in the category 'Choice Movie: Breakout Star'.
In 2015, she was once again nominated for Golden Raspberry Award in the category - Worst Supporting Actress for the movie ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.’
Nicola Peltz enjoyed a high-class upbringing, studying in the most upscale private academic institutions in New York City. She has a mixed ancestry and her ethnicity is white. Her father is of Austro-Russian Jewish descent, and her mother has English, Welsh, German, and Italian ancestory.
Nicola Peltz, who is Jewish by faith is unmarried, and loves travelling. She was rumored to be dating the renowned Canadian singer, Justin Bieber a few years ago. Since 2016, she is in a relationship with the American small screen actor and fashion model, Anwar Hadid.
She had to master ‘Tai Chi’—a type of internal Chinese martial arts—for the movie ‘The Last Airbender’.
She participated in several sporting disciplines from a very young age, especially ice-hockey.