Nicky Whelan is an Australian actress and model best known for her role as Pepper Steiger in the Australian television series Neighbours.
The granddaughter of AFL Brownlow Medalist, Marcus Whelan, before Neighbours, Whelan hosted a number of shows including Coxy’s Big Break (Seven Network), Beyond the Boundary (Network Ten), Melbourne Woman (Seven Network), and played the fictional celebrity “Chrissie Grant” on Russell Coight’s Celebrity Challenge, a spin-off of All Aussie Adventures.
Whelan is also known as the face of the rural Victorian city, Shepparton, and she also hosted the night racing at Moonee Valley for eight years.
Whelan has also posed for a number of Australian magazines, including FHM (in October 2007), Ralph (in November 2005) and Inside Sport. She was the first model to be on the cover of the Pumped Up Down Under calendar two years running. She was voted sports model of the year 2001 and 2007.
In November 2007, Whelan made a special appearance in Harrow, London to promote sustainable transport and initiatives that benefit the environment. She also shot some photos for Harrow’s ‘It’s Up to All of Us’ campaign. At the event she confirmed that after Neighbours, she had been in discussions over feature films.
Whelan has completed work for the movie Hollywood and Wine in Los Angeles. She plays the lead actress alongside David Spade.
Whelan currently appears in the ninth season of Scrubs as Maya, an Australian medical school student.
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Claim to Fame
Pepper Steiger in Neighbours
London MGT Group
Luber Roklin Entertainment
(2013) Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet, for "Sheer Cover Studio" mineral makeup.
Favorite TV Shows
Pink, Red, White