American actress, Nia Peeples is recognized for her portrayal as Nicole Chapman on the series ‘Fame.’ She gained popularity portraying Pam Fields on the drama ‘Pretty Little Liars’. Her other works include the role of Sydney Cooke on ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and Karen Taylor on ‘The Young and the Restless’.
Early life and education
Nia Peeples was born as Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples on 10th December 1961, in Hollywood, California, USA. She belongs to mixed ethnicity and holds American nationality. She is the daughter born to Robert Eugene Peeples and Elizabeth Joan. She has two sisters, Paula Peeples and Cynthia Peeples.
Peeples' mother was a flamenco dancer and her father was an artist. Her maternal grandparents immigrated from the Philippines and were of Filipino, Spanish, French, and German descent. Her father was from Mississippi and was of Scots-Irish, English, Native American, and Italian ancestry.
Peeples attended the West Covina High School after her family moved to West Covina, California. Later, she joined University of California, Los Angeles. She performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends.
Nia Peeples began her career performing the group, The Young Americans. She hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with her single, Trouble. The single also ranked #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Peeples debuted her film career portraying a deaf girl in the 1981 TV movie 'A Single Light.’ The following year, she debuted on television as well. She portrayed Darcie in 'The Music Shoppe' in 1981. She cast in the American television series, 'General Hospital' in 1983.
The following year, Peeples appeared as Nicole Chapman in American television series 'Fame’. She also acted in American prime-time soap opera, 'North Shore'. She also worked as the host in the short-lived American version of Top of the Pops.
In 1989, Peeples got featured in an American science fiction horror film, 'DeepStar Six’ and also in the TV movie 'Nasty Boys' After a few years later, she played in the miniseries ‘Return to Lonesome Dove’.
In 1995, Peeples featured in the television film 'Mr. Stitch' as Dr. Elizabeth English. She then appeared in the TV movies 'Tower of Terror' and 'Odd Jobs.'
In 2002, Peeples acted in American action film, 'Half Past Dead.’ She also guest-starred in the dramas 'The Division' and 'Andromeda.'
In the year 2006, Peeples cast as Susan in the TV movie 'Alpha Mom.' The same year, she appeared in American television soap opera, 'The Young and the Restless.'
Peeples presented Debbie Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 10th anniversary on February 4, 2009.
In 2010, Peeples featured on the hit series 'Pretty Little Liars' as Pam Fields. The series has completed its 37 episodes until 2017.
Nia Peeples is currently single and lives in Malibu, California. She has been married four times in the past.
Peeples tied the knot to Guy Ecker in 1984. Ecker is a Brazilian American actor, known for his work in telenovelas. The pair didn't share any children together. They divorce in 1986.
Peeples married American singer-songwriter, Howard Hewett in 1989. They together had a son Christopher (born 1989). The pair separated in 1993.
After two unsuccessful marriages, Peeples married director Lauro Chartrand in 1997. Peeples and Chartrand had a daughter Sienna (born 1998). The couple separated in 2004.
In 2004, Peeples married screenwriter, Sam George Suffer. They together appeared in the episode of Celebrity Wife Swap. However, Peeples filed for a divorce in August 2015 but the divorce has not been finalized yet. Peeples filed for divorce 20 days before the couple's 8th anniversary.
Peeples was also in a relationship with American actor, Carlo Imperato in the past. Also, she operates an online-based organization called Elements of Life. The organization promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being.
Nia Peeples is an American singer, actress as well as a dancer. She has the net worth of $3 million. She earns a good sum of money from her career.
As per sources, Peeples is seeking to keep the couple’s Malibu, California home, with an ocean view worth $875,000. The couple also owned a Las Vegas condo worth $91000.
Peeples’s movie ‘Half Past Dead’ was made with the budget of $25 million. However, the movie collected a tremendous amount of $19 million at the box office.