Nia Peeples

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Virenia Peeples

  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1981–present
Television The Party Machine with Nia Peeples
(m. 1984;div. 1986)

(m. 1989;div. 1993)

Lauro Chartrand
(m. 1997;div. 2004)

(m. 2004;div. 2015)

Virenia "Nia" Peeples is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. Peeples is known for playing Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame ; Pam Fields on the drama Pretty Little Liars ; Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless and Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger . Her most recent television role was Grace's mom, Susan, on The Fosters .


Early life

Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Elizabeth Joan (née Rubic), a flamenco dancer, and Robert Eugene Peeples. [1] She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines. [1] Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry. [1] Peeples attended UCLA during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Peeples lives in Malibu, California, and has one son Christopher (b. 1989 with ex-husband Howard Hewett) and one daughter Sienna (b. 1998 with ex-husband Lauro Chartrand).[ citation needed ]

She operates an internet based organization called Elements of Life, which promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being. She worked with business coach Amy Applebaum on its development. [2]

On August 11, 2015, Peeples filed for divorce from her surfer husband Sam George.[ citation needed ] Peeples filed in Los Angeles County, 20 days before the couple's eighth wedding anniversary. Peeples is seeking[ needs update ] to keep the couple's home, a Malibu manufactured home with an ocean view that's valued at $875,000. Also listed among the couple's community assets is a Las Vegas condo worth $91,000.[ citation needed ]



Peeples started her career as part of the performance group The Young Americans. In 1988 she hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Trouble", [3] which climbed to #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. [4] Her most successful pop single is "Street Of Dreams", which hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. [4] She made a music video in 1986 for "All You Can Dream", directed by Alan Bloom and conceptualized by Keith Williams, for the purposes of promoting the values of UCLA. On February 4, 2009, Peeples presented Debbie Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 10th anniversary show. Peeples also attends and performs at the annual live Fame Reunion concerts overseas. [5]


Notably, Peeples portrayed performing arts student Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame . In 1987, she was in the movie North Shore as Kiani. She also hosted the short-lived American version of Top of the Pops in 1987, a weeknight dance music program called The Party Machine with Nia Peeples (1991), and portrayed Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke in the CBS hit series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1999 to 2001. In 2004, she appeared in the Andromeda episode "The Spider's Stratagem", as arms smuggler and love-interest Rox Nava. Peeples joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 2007, playing the role of Karen Taylor, and was released from the role in the spring of 2009. In 2010, she was cast in ABC Family's TV series Pretty Little Liars , based on the book series by Sara Shepard. [6] Peeples was featured on the July 7, 2013 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap , in which she traded places with singer Tiffany. [7]




YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum


1988"Trouble"35711Nothin' But Trouble
"High Time"10
1989"I Know How (To Make You Love Me)"28
1991"Street of Dreams"12737423Nia Peeples
1992"Kissing the Wind"768676
"Faces of Love"8859
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


1981A Single LightDeaf GirlTV movie
1987 North Shore Kiani
1989 DeepStar Six Scarpelli
SwimsuitMariaTV movie
Nasty Boys Serena CruzTV movie
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced SingerCathy ReddingTV movie
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Theresa Garabaldi
1994My Name Is KateAnnieTV movie
XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl) Sasha TownesTV movie
1995 Improper Conduct Bernie
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 Allie ThompsonTV movie
Mr. Stitch Dr. Elizabeth EnglishTV movie
1996TerminalJanet ReardonTV movie
Bloodhounds IINikki CruiseTV movie
1997Odd JobsAssassinTV movie
Tower of Terror Jill PerryTV movie
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Lt. Elizondo
Poodle Springs Angel
Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the MenSpecial Guest Host
2000Alone with a StrangerBeth Jenkins
The RiffHeather Anderson
2002The Chang Family Saves the WorldPearl EmpressTV movie
Half Past Dead 49er Six
2004The CovenunknownTV movie
2005Inside OutMaria
Sub Zero Kelli Paris
2006 Alpha Mom SusanTV movie
Special UnitTara
Connors' WarAmanda
2009 Citizen Jane EvelynTV movie
The OutsideJoanne Blakey
2010FiredogHaley (voice)Post-production
2011 Battle of Los Angeles Capt. Karla SmaithTV movie
2012 Werewolf: The Beast Among Us VodamaDirect-to-DVD
2012 23 Minutes to Sunrise Direct-to-DVD
2015 Lavalantula Olivia WestTV movie
2018MistrustKristen Rhodes
2018Inferno by DanteSpeaker: Exit
2019The Untold Story[ citation needed ]Catarina
2019Purgatory by Dante[ citation needed ]Speaker: Matilda and The Garden
2020Ulysses Coyote[ citation needed ]Isadora Begay
2020Miracle Underground[ citation needed ]TBA
1981The Music ShoppeDarcie
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Zita Henriques1 episode
Hardcastle and McCormick Waitress1 episode
Days of Our Lives MalloryUnknown episodes
1983–1984 General Hospital Carla EscobarUnknown episodes
1983–1986 Fame Nicole Chapman58 episodes
1984 T.J. Hooker Maria Dominguez1 episode
1987 Top of the Pops HostUnknown episodes
1989 Matlock Morgan Gerard1 episode
1989–1990 Nasty Boys Serena Cruz13 episodes
1991 The Party Machine with Nia Peeples HostUnknown episodes
1992 The New WKRP in Cincinnati Sierra Smith2 episodes
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Augostina VegaMini-series
1994 Highlander: The Series Nefertiri1 episode
Touched by an Angel Angela Evans1 episode
1995Crazy LoveUnknownUnknown episodes
Marker Lisa1 episode
CourthouseVeronica Gilbert11 episodes
1997 Early Edition Sister Mary1 episode
Crisis Center Lily Gannon5 episodes
1998Real LifeMaya1 episode
1999–2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke46 episodes
2004 Andromeda Rox Nava1 episode
The Division Sandra Prestiss2 episodes
2005 Barbershop Det. Hahanna3 episodes
2007Arwin!Ms. Hawkhauser1 episode
2007–2009 The Young and the Restless Karen Taylor 130 episodes
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Pam FieldsMain role (season 1)
Recurring role (season 2-4, 6)
Guest role (season 5, 7)
2013 Celebrity Wife Swap Herself"Nia Peeples/Tiffany"
2014 Longmire Adele Chapman1 episode
2017–2018 The Fosters Susan9 episodes

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