Long Island, NY, USA

Nicole Margaret "Nikki" Blonsky (born November 9, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray and as Maggie Baker in the 2008 television movie Queen Sized. She is also known for her main role in the ABC Family original series Huge. Blonsky was raised in Great Neck, New York, in Nassau County on Long Island, the daughter of Karen, a school aide, and Carl Blonsky, a municipal worker for the village water pollution control district. Blonsky was raised in her mother's Catholic religion (her father is Jewish).

In her sophomore year, Blonsky transferred from the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School to the alternative, 50-student from Village School, from which she graduated. During her time, she joined the theater program at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School. There she was cast in roles in productions of Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate and, in the title role, the opera Carmen.

She went to Great Neck Public Library's Levels and was in shows such as Alice In Wonderland.[citation needed] Blonsky has said that she wanted to play the role of Tracy Turnblad from the first time she saw Hairspray on Broadway. She worked at Cold Stone Creamery before starting her work on Hairspray.