Nicky Whelan

Nicky Whelan

Nicky Whelan, hailing from Australia, is a distinguished actress, model, TV presenter, and advocate for social causes. She rose to fame with her portrayal of Pepper Steiger in the series “Neighbours,” initiated in 1985. Her journey in the entertainment industry embarked successfully in 2003. Presently, Nicky is prominently seen in commercials, but her main concentration remains on cinema and television, boasting 22 cinematic and 24 television roles.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Nicky Whelan

Date of birth:

May 10, 1981

Zodiac sign:



Cranbourne, Australia





Marital status:



5' 4" (1.63 m)


119 lbs (54 kg)


actress, model, TV host

Early life

Born on May 10, 1981, in Cranbourne, Victoria, located in Australia’s southeastern corner, Nicky Whelan grew up in a family with a sports background. Her grandfather, Marcus Whelan, was a renowned footballer in Victoria, playing for Collingwood from 1930 to 1940. Nicky is reticent about her family life, but it is known that she has a sister, Katie Brannigan.

Nicky, with her striking European features, is listed among the top 30 most stunning Australian actresses by IMDb. She aspired to be an actress from a young age and received numerous modeling propositions. However, her parents emphasized the importance of education. After completing her schooling, she started to realize her dream.


Nicky Whelan stepped into her career in 2003 as a television journalist, working on the renowned adolescent channel Nickelodeon and hosting the daily travel show “Coxy’s Big Break” for HSV and Prime. She was involved in projects like “Melbourne Woman” and “Beyond the Boundary” and was even the face of Shepparton city before relocating to Moonee Valley for eight years for work purposes.

Her charm and elegance paved the way for a flourishing modeling career. In 2005, she modeled for Ralph magazine, gaining immense popularity, especially among male fans. Some of her photographs were featured in Inside Sport magazine, and by 2007, she was recognized as one of the most beautiful models by FHM, also modeling for Maxim from 2008 to 2010.

However, Nicky is predominantly celebrated for her acting endeavors. She has an extensive list of roles, starting with minor parts in TV projects like “Pizza,” “Entourage,” and “Scrubs,” but it was her role in “Neighbours” that brought her international acclaim.

Nicky refined her acting skills alongside renowned actors like Bruce Willis in “Trauma Center” Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in “Friends with Benefits,” and collaborated with stars like Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, and Antonio Banderas in “Knight of Cups.”


Nicky Whelan in Trauma Center

Nicky Whelan Movies and TV Shows

  • 2017



  • 2017

    Tragedy Girls

    Mrs. Kent

  • 2015

    The Wedding Ringer


  • 2014–2016

    From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

    Dr. Dakota Block

  • 2014

    Left Behind

    Hattie Durham

  • 2014

    Knight of Cups


  • 2012–2016

    House of Lies


  • 2011

    Hall Pass


  • 2009

    Halloween II

    Wendy Snow

  • 2001–2010



Nicky Whelan’s personal life and family

Nicky is very private about her personal life but it’s known that she was married to former NFL player Kerry Rhodes in early 2017, but they separated six months later. Since 2020, she has been in a relationship with actor Frank Grillo. She is passionate about sports and martial arts and is an advocate for environmental conservation and social reforms.


Nicky Whelan with boyfriend Frank Grillo


Nicky Whelan with ex-husband Kerry Rhodes

Nicky Whelan now

Nicky continues to captivate audiences with her timeless beauty, allowing her career to evolve. She is currently associated with BetEasy for advertising and has been part of projects like “InstaPsycho” on TV and the horror film “Maneater.” She is a constant traveler and her net worth is estimated to be $4.3 million.

Nicky is active on social media, sharing glimpses of her professional and personal life, including her collaborations with other celebrities, travel experiences, and fashion showcases. She maintains a follower count of over 176,000 on one of her social media platforms and strives to keep herself in optimum shape, maintaining a stable weight of around 54 kg.

Published: September 22, 2023
Updated: May 30, 2024