The Info List - Nikki Blonsky

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Nicole Margaret "Nikki" Blonsky[1] (born November 9, 1988)[2] is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray and as Maggie Baker in the 2008 film Queen Sized. She is also known for her starring role in the ABC Family
ABC Family
original series Huge.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Blonsky was born and raised in Great Neck, New York.[3] She and her brother Joey[4] are the children of Karen, a school aide, and Carl Blonsky, a municipal worker for the village water pollution control district.[5] She is of Czech and Irish descent on her mother's side.[6] She began singing at age three and started taking vocal lessons at the age of eight. She was raised Roman Catholic.[7] Blonsky attended Great Neck North Middle School, and attended John L. Miller Great Neck North High School for one year. Then she switched to Village School, an alternative high school with only 50 students.[8] After school each day, she would attend the after-school theatre program at William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, where she participated in productions of Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate, and the title role of the opera Carmen.[6] Career[edit] Blonsky said that she yearned to play the role of Tracy Turnblad since seeing Hairspray on Broadway on her 15th birthday.[7][9] She went onto audition for her dream role in 2006. Later that year, while working at Cold Stone Creamery, she found out she had been cast in Adam Shankman's 2007 film adaptation.[5] Hairspray went on to become Nikki’s most successful film at the time. Nikki was also honored with multiple award nominations, including a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical, SAG Award
SAG Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and was featured on the Hairspray soundtrack, which went on to get a Grammy
nomination. Blonsky began work on her debut album in September 2007 and collaborated with alternative rock musician Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
on a number of tracks.[citation needed]. Her first single, "On a High", a cover of one of Sheik's songs, was featured in Blonsky's Lifetime Original Movie Queen Sized. On December 18, 2007, she performed with the Turtle Creek Chorale in her first solo performance.[citation needed] On June 22, 2008, she sang the American National Anthem
American National Anthem
in the pre-race ceremony at the 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.[citation needed] In 2009, Blonsky made a guest appearance on Ugly Betty, in the episode "Dressed for Success."[10] Blonsky also co-starred in the MTV
mystery series Valemont in 2009. She later starred in the short lived ABC Family series Huge, which premiered in June 2010,[11] but was cancelled three months later. In 2013, Blonsky appeared in two episodes of the NBC Broadway drama series Smash.[12] Later that year, she appeared in the film adaptation of Geography Club. Personal life[edit] In July 2008, Blonsky and her parents were involved in a violent confrontation with the family of Bianca Golden, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos.[13] Golden, Blonsky, and Blonsky's father were all charged with assault.[14] That December, the charges against Blonsky and Golden were dropped.[15] In 2011, Blonsky earned a cosmetology license, and began working part-time as a hairstylist and make-up artist in her hometown of Great Neck, New York in between acting auditions.[16] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2007 Hairspray Tracy Turnblad Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Hollywood Film Festival
Hollywood Film Festival
for Ensemble Cast of the Year Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Palm Springs International Film Festival for Rising Star Palm Springs International Film Festival for Ensemble Cast Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated – MTV
Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Most Promising Actress Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated – Young Hollywood Awards for One to Watch

2008 Queen Sized Maggie Baker Television film

2008 Harold Rhonda Baxter

2011 Waiting For Forever Dolores

2012 The English Teacher Sheila Nussbaum

2013 Geography Club Therese

2016 Pup Star[citation needed] Lady Paw Paw

2017 The Last Movie Star Faith


Year Title Role Notes

2009 Ace of Cakes Herself Episode: "The Eagle Has Landed"

2009 Ugly Betty Teri O'Shaughnessy Episode: "Dressed for Success"

2009 Valemont Poppy Barker Main role

2010 Huge Willamena Rader Lead role Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Female

2011 The Fresh Beat Band MC Freeze Episode: "Dance Floor Superhero"

2011 Rocco's Dinner Party Herself Episode: "Runway Ready"

2013 Smash[12] Margot Recurring role (Season 2)


^ "Movies – News – Zac Efron
Zac Efron
prepares for 'Hairspray' – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. November 7, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2008.  ^ "Nikki Blonsky". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.  ^ Hill, Logan (Summer 2011). "Big Girl Now". New York. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2016.  ^ Kahn, Robert (December 13, 2007). "Family with Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
when she got Globes nod". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.  (subscription required) ^ a b Kahn, Robert (July 15, 2007). "Nikki Blonsky's career takes hold with 'Hairspray'". New York's CW 11. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2007.  ^ a b Fischler, Marcelle S. (July 8, 2007). "The Big Time; For 'Hairspray' Star". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2007.  ^ a b Bloom, Nate (July 10, 2007). "She's the Man: A Q&A with Amanda Bynes". Interfaith Family. Retrieved December 29, 2010.  ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. (July 8, 2007). "For 'Hairspray' Star, 'My Darn Dream Come True'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2007.  ^ Fox, Michael (July 19, 2007). "ARTS: Welcome To The '60s". The Detroit Jewish News. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2007.  ^ Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
to Stir Up Trouble for Ugly Betty" TV Guide. November 4, 2008. Retrieved on November 5, 2008. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 22, 2010). " Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
to star in ABC Family's 'Huge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2010.  ^ a b Barton, Chris (September 17, 2012). "'Smash' adds Broadway vets Nikki Blonsky, Jesse L. Martin". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 8, 2013.  ^ Tauber, Michelle (October 9, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky: Airport Brawl Left Me 'Destroyed'". People. Retrieved March 22, 2014.  ^ Helling, Steve (August 8, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky's Father Denied Bail in Airport Brawl Case". People. Retrieved February 10, 2017.  ^ Serpe, Gina (December 31, 2008). "Nikki Blonsky, Next Top Modeler Cleared in Airport Smackdown". E! News. Retrieved February 10, 2017.  ^ "Nikki Blonsky: No beauty school dropout". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. 

External links[edit]

Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
on IMDb Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
at AllMovie Nikki's MySpace
page "17 Year-Old Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
Cast as Hairspray Film's Tracy", BroadwayWorld.com, June 8, 2006 "Breaking News: Unknown Lands Hairspray Lead", Cinematical.com, June 8, 2006 "A ‘Hairspray’ dream come true", MSNBC/Access Hollywood, June 15, 2006

Awards for Nikki Blonsky

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer

Jonathan Lipnicki
Jonathan Lipnicki
(1996) Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett
(1997) Ian Michael Smith (1998) Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment
(1999) Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
(2000) Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning
(2001) Kieran Culkin
Kieran Culkin
(2002) Keisha Castle-Hughes
Keisha Castle-Hughes
(2003) Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore
/ Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum
(2004) Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore
/ Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning
(2005) Paul Dano
Paul Dano
/ Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin
(2006) Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada / Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky
(2007) Dev Patel
Dev Patel
(2008) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
(2009) Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld
(2010) Thomas Horn (2011) Quvenzhané Wallis (2012) Adèle Exarchopoulos
Adèle Exarchopoulos
(2013) Ellar Coltrane
Ellar Coltrane
(2014) Jacob Tremblay
Jacob Tremblay
(2015) Lucas Hedges
Lucas Hedges
(2016) Brooklynn Prince (2017)

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble



Gosford Park Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, James Wilby


Chicago Christine Baranski, Ekaterina Shchelkanova, Taye Diggs, Denise Faye, Colm Feore, Richard Gere, Deidre Goodwin, Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu, Susan Misner, Mýa, John C. Reilly, Dominic West, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Elijah Wood


Sideways Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh


Crash Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate


Little Miss Sunshine Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear


Hairspray Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Paul Dooley, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Elijah Kelley, Queen Latifah, James Marsden, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow, Jerry Stiller, John Travolta, Christopher Walken


Milk Josh Brolin, Joseph Cross, James Franco, Victor Garber, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Denis O'Hare, Sean Penn, Alison Pill


Inglourious Basterds Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Julie Dreyfus, Michael Fassbender, Sylvester Groth, Jacky Ido, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Denis Ménochet, Mike Myers, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz, Martin Wuttke



The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Mark Wahlberg


The Help Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel


Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Anupam Kher, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver


American Hustle Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts


Spotlight Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci


Moonlight Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Alex R. Hibbert, Naomie Harris, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Frances McDormand, Clarke Peters, Sam Rockwell, Samara Weaving

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