California born and bred, multitalented actress Nia Peeples made the most of the versatility afforded by her exotic beauty and contrasting girl-next-door wholesomeness, and racked up an impressive number of television credits throughout her career. After guest roles on series including "Hardcastle and McCormick". "T.J. Hooker" and "Tales of the Gold Monkey" (all ABC, 1982) and a recurring role on the network is daytime drama "General Hospital", the petite dark-haired exotic beauty shot to fame on "Fame". For three seasons (1984-87) on the popular syndicated series, Peeples auspiciously showcased her vocal and dance talents as well as her acting skills through her portrayal of sensitive but strong-willed performing arts student Nicole Chapman. Beautiful and brainy but down-to-earth and kind, her likable characterization of the high school girl and impressive performance in the musical numbers that frequently punctuated the drama series won the esteem of viewers, and when Peeples character was killed off in a drunk driving accident, the audience response was overwhelming. This 1987 departure closed a chapter in the actress career, and opened another, with Peeples making her film debut that same year in the trivial but enjoyable surf drama "North Shore". Charming and well-spoken, the actress was drafted to host CBS broadcast of the long-running British music series "Top of the Pops" (1987-88). Her impressive presenting skills were later put to use on the dance music series "MTV is Friday Night Street Party", the Arsenio Hall-produced late night nightlife program "The Party Machine with Nia Peeples" (1991) and later, the vastly different PAX TV dramatization series "It is a Miracle" (for the 1998-99 season).
Peeples TV roles have been prolific, due in part to the fact that many of her series commitments have been short-lived. In 1995, she had a regular role as a driven and dedicated public defender on CBS "Courthouse" which suffered an early demise just as the same network is medical drama "Crisis Center" two years later. Peeples has stayed busy and in the public eye with frequent TV-movie appearances and guest starring series roles in projects as varied as "Swimsuit" (ABC, 1989), "Nasty Boys" (NBC, 1989-90, as Benjamin Bratt is pregnant wife), "Return to Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1993, essaying a female gunslinger) and "Mr. Stitch" (Sci-Fi Channel, 1996, playing a psychiatrist treating a Frankenstein-like monster). The actress returned to regular series work in 1999, joining the cast of the hit CBS drama "Walker, Texas Ranger", playing Sydney Cook, a daring undercover officer skilled in martial arts.
While best known for her television work, Peeples has appeared in a handful of features since her debut in the Hawaii-set romance "North Shore", including the sci-fi adventure "DeepStar Six" (1989), the independent thriller "Improper Conduct" (1994). Additionally, she starred opposite Jason Alexander in the poignant romantic comedy "I Do not Buy Kisses Anymore" (1992). She then portrayed an appealing but tough Los Angeles police officer in the lackluster 1998 sequel "Blues Brothers 2000" and then played the opposite side of the law as a trained mercernary in the in the action crime feature "Half Past Dead" (2002), which starred Steven Seagal. A talented singer as well as actress, Peeples excelled in roles that made use of her vocals, from "Fame" to "I Do not Buy Kisses Anymore", where she contributed three traditional Italian songs to the soundtrack. Before pursuing an acting career, She was a featured member of The Young Americans song troupe. The group frequently guested with Liberace, and Peeples earned an early TV credit in this capacity, performing on the famed pianist is cable-aired 1980 holiday special. Her singing also landed her on European television, as one of the stars of the 13-episode series "Music Shoppe", playing a young aspiring singer. Music again took center stage in Peeples career in 1988, with the release of her debut album "Nothin But Trouble" which spawned the dance hit single "Trouble". She followed up with the less successful 1992 self-titled release, emerging with a new more sophisticated look that distanced herself from her days, but failed to live up to her first release. Instead, Peeples has been able to reach a much larger audience through her acting pursuits.