Nathalie Kelley is a Peruvian-born Australian actress known for her role as Neela in the 2006 action film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and for her roles in various television series including Body of Proof (2011–2012), Unreal, as Sybil in supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries and as Cristal Flores in Dynasty where she play with Elizabeth Gillies.
Born Name Nathalie Kelley
Nick Name Nat Kelley
Years active 2005–present
Born: March 3, 1983, 33 years and 5 months, Lima, Peru
Sun Sign Pisces
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Hazel
Distinctive Features Sense of style, Dimpled smile
Height 5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
Measurements 34-28-34 in or 86-71-86 cm
Bra Size: 34A
Born in Peru to a Peruvian mother and Argentine father, Nathalie immigrated to Sydney, Australia at 2 years old where she later attended the academically prestigious North Sydney Girls High School, whose alumni includes Nicole Kidman and Catherine Martin.
She then attended the University of New South Wales in Sydney where she pursued a degree in social science with majors in Third World Development.
She showed an a interest in acting at a young age and enrolled in summer classes at NIDA. One of her teachers was Australian actor Nick Bishop who, 10 years later, would play her love interest on the ABC show Body of Proof.
As a teenager she spent her summers in Brazil where she immersed herself in Brazilian dance and learned to speak Portuguese fluently. When she was 18 years old she found herself living in São Paulo, Brazil, splitting her time between modeling for the agency L’Equipe and working with street children. The latter eventually convinced her to return to Australia and begin a degree in Political Science at the University Of New South Wales, majoring in Third World Development.
During her studies Nathalie volunteered with and became very close to Aboriginal community in the inner city suburb of Redfern. It was during his time that Nathalie’s big break came when she booked the lead role in the Brad Kern/ Aaron Spelling pilot ‘Mermaid’, for which she deferred her degree and moved to Los Angeles.
She has Argentine ancestry on her dad’s side while she is of Peruvian descent on her mom’s side.
The Burstein Company
In 2005, Charmed executive producers Brad Kern, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent developed a one-hour pilot for The WB titled Mermaid. Kelley was cast as the series protagonist Nikki, a mermaid who is rescued by a young man when she washes ashore in Miami. The pilot was not picked up as a result of The WB and UPN merging into The CW; the resulting network passed on the show. Kelley has since appeared on both Lone Star and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In June 2006, Kelley received her breakout role as Neela in the film The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. In March 2008, Kelley appeared in the low-budget drama crime film Loaded alongside Jesse Metcalfe. In March 2011, Kelley had a small role in the retro comedy film Take Me Home Tonight, which starred Topher Grace, Anna Faris and fellow Australian Teresa Palmer. The film was shot in Los Angeles in 2007 but its release was delayed by Universal Pictures for unknown reasons. The following month, Kelley appeared as the protagonist in the low-budget horror film Urban Explorer, which follows a group of four urban explorers who explore an underground world beneath metropolitan Berlin.
In 2010, Kelley played the love interest in the music video for the Bruno Mars song “Just the Way You Are”. In August 2011, Kelley signed on in a major recurring role in the second season of the ABC crime drama television series Body of Proof. Kelley appeared as Dani Alvarez in ten episodes and made her final appearance in the episode “Going Viral Part One”. In 2012, Kelley played a vampire princess in the video clip “Luna Llena” from Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Baby Rasta & Gringo. In 2014, she won a regular role in the Lifetime series Unreal. From 2016 to 2017, Kelly appeared as Sybil in the final season of The CW television series The Vampire Diaries.
In January 2017, Kelley was cast as Cristal in The CW’s Dynasty reboot.
In 2012 Nathalie embarked on an ongoing collaboration with cult photographer Neil Krug.
Kelley met actor Zach Roerig on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2016. They were in a relationship from November 2016 until late 2017. By 2018, Kelley was dating Jordan “Jordy” Burrows. In April 2018, Kelley confirmed in an Instagram post that she and Burrows are engaged to be married.
She has appeared in television commercials for Schick Quattro for Women.
She made her acting debut with The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006 as Neela. She learned drifting and Japanese for her role in the movie.
First TV Show
Nathalie made her television show debut in 2005 in the pilot episode of the television series Mermaid as Nikki.
Nathalie’s workout routine and diet plan are not known. She has a perfect body though that is an inspiration for many.
She has done much volunteer work, for example working with Aboriginal people in the suburb of Redfern, one of the lower socio-economic areas of the Australian city of Sydney.
Born in Lima, Peru in 1985, but was raised in Sydney, Australia.
She attended the same high school as Nicole Kidman: “North Sydney Girls High School”, in Sydney, Australia.
Classmate of Thea Gumbert.
Favorite musical artist is hip hop rapper Lloyd Banks.
Her father is from Argentina.
Nathalie Kelley Facts
Nathalie was only 2-years-old when she relocated to Sydney.
Even as a child, Nathalie always dreamt of becoming an actress and thus, enrolled at NIDA during summers. Australian actor Nick Bishop was her teacher at the acting institute and the two played lovers in ABC series Body of Proof later.
She was classmates with Thea Gumbert at her high school.
At the age of 16, Nathalie started doing salsa dancing and this helped her garner funds for finishing her studies.
She earned $1000 by winning Miss Latin America competition. She then took off for Brazil and learned Brazilian dance.
Kelley learned to speak fluently in Portuguese during her time in Brazil.
At the age of 18, Nathalie modeled for L’Equipe agency in São Paulo, Brazil.
Nathalie also worked with the street children in the Redfern inner-city suburb in Brazil before finally moving to Los Angeles where she got work as an actress.
In 2010, she appeared in Just the Way You Are music video by Bruno Mars as his love interest.
II grew up in Australia, but I’m not from there originally. Like, my dad’s South American, so I know what that’s like to grow up in a culture that’s not your own.
I’m such a girl because all the guys go for cars because of their engines or something like that. I like the colour and the design.
I feel that ‘Tokyo Drift’ blew people away because not many people had high expectations for it.
When you play a character, there’s always a part of you. Like, you always bring out a side of you when you do another character.