Australian actress Nathalie Kelley has acted in many films and TV shows but is best recognized for her debut film role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Kelley is also popular for her roles as Dani Alvarez in ABC series Body of Proof (2011–2012), as Grace in Unreal (2015), as Sybil in The Vampire Diaries (2016-2017), and one of her most recent as the spirited Cristal Carrington in the hit remake of 1980’s classic film, Dynasty (2017-2018). We take a look at her journey to the spotlight as well as reveal facts about the beautiful actress’ personal life.
Nathalie Kelley Bio (Ethnicity)
Nathalie Kelley is of a mixed ethnic background. Her father is from Argentina, a South American country while her mother is from Peru, another South American country. Kelley is therefore of Argentine-Peruvian decent.
She was born on March 10, 1985, in Lima, Peru. Nathalie Kelley however, holds Australian citizenship, having grown up in Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, Australia. Her parents left Peru for Australia when she was just two in search of greener pastures. She later spent 18 years of her life (from two to twenty years old) in the country which produced the love of her life.
Growing up in Australia, Nathalie attended the famous North Sydney Girls High School. During her teenage years, she learned Salsa, a Brazilian type of dance. She later participated in and won the Miss Latin America beauty contest when she was 18, earning $1,000 and one year in Brazil as her price. During the one year service in Brazil, Nathalie lived in São Paulo, modeling for the agency L’Equipe, and doing volunteer work with street children.
On her return to Australia, Nathalie Kelley enrolled at the University of New South Wales to study Political Science and International Relations, with a major in Third World Development.
Nathalie Kelley had always dreamed of becoming an actress right from her childhood. Although she did not take that path educationally, her dream kept pushing her on. To make her dream come true, she enrolled in summer classes at NIDA. During her studies, she volunteered with Indigenous Australian youth and became very close to the Aboriginal community in the inner city suburb of Redfern.
It was during this time that Nathalie landed her debut film role in WB’s pilot Mermaid (2005) where she was cast in a lead role as Nikki. Seeing this as a breakthrough to her dreams, Nathalie deferred her degree and moved to Los Angeles for the job.
Although she was not later included in the main production, the television appearance opened the doors to her big break. She soon landed a major role in the 2006 American-German action movie, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, starring as Neela.
Since then, Nathalie Kelley has continued to rise steadily in her career as an actress. Other notable films and television series she has starred in include Loaded (2008), Lone Star (2010), Take Me Home Tonight (2011), Urban Explorer (2011), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011), Furious Seven (2015), and In Like Flynn (2018).
In 2010, Nathalie Kelley also starred as the female interest in Bruno Mars’ hit music video Just the Way You Are.
Dating, Boyfriend and Family
Kelley has dated several men. She dated Jonathan Hartlen-Matthews from 2004 to 2005. After she ended her affair with Hartlem-Matthews, Kelley started going out with musician and movie producer, Dallas Austin. Their relationship was quite long, lasting from 2007 to 2013.
After Austin was actor Zach Roerig. Nathalie met Zach in 2016 on the set of The Vampire Diaries. They started dating later in the year. Nat and Zach were so much into each other that people started thinking that their affair will eventually amount to something tangible. But, alas! It ended the next year, 2017.
Then came Australian man, Jordan Burrows. Nathalie and Jordan met at the tail end of 2017. For the couple, it appeared to be love at first sight since it took them only a few months to settle down.
Nathalie said she saw in Jordan all she needed in a partner. That was why she did not waste time to pop the big question to which the latter said yes. They announced their engagement in early April, 2018 and tied the knot on the 29th of same month.
Apart from the fact that Jordan Burrows hails from Berowra in Sydney, other details about him are hidden from the media. Moreso, information on Nathalie Kelley’s family is also scarce in the media space.
Alongside the fame, Nathalie Kelley’s career in acting has also earned her considerable wealth. However, the exact figure of her estimated net worth remains unascertained. This is because the public is yet to know the value of her income and assets.
However, some unverified sources claim that her estimated net worth is $500,000. Some others say it stands at $2 million. Whatever the case, the fact remains that Nathalie Kelley has amassed significant wealth from her acting career.