Nathalie Kelley is an Australian actress of Argentine-Peruvian descent known for her outstanding roles in movies like The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Unreal, The Vampire Diaries and Dynasty. She was born to a Peruvian mother and an Argentine father in Lima, Peru, on October 5, 1984, and got a degree from the University of New South Wales. Here is her biography.
Name: Nathalie Kelly,
Date of Birth: October 5, 1984,
Place of Birth: Lima, Peru,
Family: Peruvian mother and Argentine father,
Education: Degree in Political Science
From a young age, Nathalie Kelley lived in Peru with her family till she was three years old before Nathalie immigrated to Sydney, Australia. She grew up in Australia and acquired Australian citizenship. While in Sydney, Nathalie attended a prestigious school, North Sydney Girls High School, of which alumni includes Nicole Kidman and Catherine Martin. At a young age, Kelley had a passion for becoming an actress, and her passion for acting made her enrol in summer classes at NIDA. One of her teachers at the NIDA was the Australian actor Nick Bishop.
As a teenager, Nathalie Kelley was undeniably beautiful. She spent most of her summer in Brazil, where she learned Brazilian dance. Kelley also learns to speak Portuguese fluently. When she became 18 years old, Nathalie Kelley contested in the Miss Latin America beauty contest and won. As the contest winner, she was awarded 1,000 US dollars and a one-year stay in Brazil.
Nathalie later moved to São Paulo, Brazil, and started working as a model. She worked as a model in Brazil for an agency called Agency l’equipe alongside. At the same time, Kelley did charity work, helping the kids in the street. During this period, it seems as if Kelly had lost interest in acting.
Nathalie Kelley stayed in São Paulo before returning to Australia to start a degree. Her passion for helping the street children motivated her to enrol for a college degree in the University. She studied political science with a major in Third World Development at the University of New South Wales. During her studies, Nathalie volunteered in the Aboriginal community.
In 2005, Kelley deferred her university education and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream career. Nathalie’s big break in her career came when she booked the lead role in the Brad Kern ‘Mermaid’ movie. She was cast in the Brad Kern and Aaron Spelling television pilot ‘Mermaid’. Kelley played the role of Nikki, a mermaid, rescued by a young man when she washed ashore in Miami. In June 2006, Kelley booked a breakout role as Neela in the film The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift. For her role, Nathalie learned Japanese. In March 2008, she also appeared in a crime movie called Loaded. Recently, Nathalie played the role of April alongside Jesse Metcalfe.
In 2010, she played the love interest in Bruno Mars’ music video “Just the Way You Are”. In March 2011, Nathalie played a small role as Beth in the comedy film Take Me Home Tonight. Also, in Home Tonight, she played a lead female role. The movie starred Topher Grace, Anna Faris, and fellow Australian Teresa Palmer. In April 2011, Kelley appeared as the lead role protagonist in the low-budget horror film Urban Explorer. In this movie, she was cast as Lucia, who follows a group of four urban explorers to explore an underground world beneath metropolitan Berlin.
Later in August 2011, Nathalie also signed a major recurring role in the second season of the ABC crime drama TV series Body of Proof. She appeared as Dani Alvarez in ten episodes and made her final appearance in “Going Viral Part One”. In 2012, Nathalie played the role of the pretty Annie in The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez. Aside from that, Kelly collaborated with cult photographer Neil Krug.
Most Recent Acting Role
In 2014, Kelly won a role in the Lifetime series Unreal. Also, she played the role of Gin Cross in Infiltrators. Most recently, Nathalie also played the role of Sybil in the final season of The CW television series The Vampire Diaries and gas lots of ongoing collaboration. Present moment, Nathalie starred as Cristal in the first season of The CW’s Dynasty reboot. In 2020, Kelley debuted in the lead role of Noa Hamilton in the ABC show body series The Baker and the Beauty. Nathalie currently resides in Vancouver, filming a new Series, Unreal.
Kelly had a personal life. She developed a love interest in Hartlem-Matthew. Nathalie was in a romantic relationship with him from 2004 to 2005. Then she later dated an American musician and movie producer, Dallas Austin, in 2007. Their relationship lasted from 2007 to 2013. In 2016, she met Zach Roerig; he was her co-star from The Vampire Diaries. The two started a romantic relationship but later broke up in 2017.
After separating from Zach Roerig, she met Jordy Burrows, and the two started dating. She later announced their engagement on an Instagram post in April 2018 and got married that same year on April 29, 2018. After a few years of marriage, Kelley and Jordy Burrows separated in 2020.