Nikki Blonsky

Active - 2007 - 2013  |   Born - Nov 9, 1988 in Great Neck, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Musical

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Great Neck, NY, teen Nikki Blonsky was still serving scoops at Cold Stone Creamery when she received the news that would change her life forever. An aspiring actress who was once deemed too young to portray dancing Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray, the 17-year-old New York Village High School student thought her shot at stardom had slipped away by the time a film version of the hit musical was announced. Instead, a keen-eyed New Line assistant brought Blonsky's audition tape to the attention of producers in charge of the feature adaptation, and the rest, as they say, was history. A camera crew hit the road to capture footage of the finalists for the film role, and director Adam Shankman appeared at Cold Stone to tell Blonsky she'd be strapping on her dancing shoes. Though Blonsky had previously appeared in Great Neck productions of Hair and Alice in Wonderland, she was a virtual unknown at the time she was cast in the role originated by actress Ricki Lake back in 1988.

As the Hairspray hype died down, Blonsky proved her staying power by taking the lead in the 2008 made-for-TV feature Queen Sized, which found her playing the role of a heavy girl who is elected Homecoming Queen as a cruel joke, and starred in Huge, an ABC Family series set in a weight loss camp and centering on a group of teens coming to terms with their bodies.

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  • Started singing at age 3 and began voice lessons when she was 8.
  • In high school she performed in Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Kiss Me, Kate.
  • Best known for her debut film role starring as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 movie remake of Hairspray.
  • She was informed that she had landed the role while working at her job at Cold Stone Creamery. Her reaction to the news was recorded and broadcast on Entertainment Tonight.
  • Received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Hairspray.
  • She has also starred in Valemont on MTV, Queen Sized on Lifetime and guest-starred on Ugly Betty.
  • Authored and published a poem in honor of Jonathan Lee Ielpi, a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11.
  • Was arrested along with her father for assault over a conflict about airline seats with Bianca Golden, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model.