All About Nicola Peltz's Parents, Dad Nelson and Mom Claudia

Nicola Peltz Beckham shares a close bond with her parents

Published Time: 08.06.2024 - 19:31:15 Modified Time: 08.06.2024 - 19:31:15

Nicola Peltz Beckham shares a close bond with her parents.

The Lola actress, born in January 1995, is the daughter of Nelson Peltz and Claudia Heffner Peltz. The billionaire investor and former model have been married for over 30 years and have seven other children together.

During an interview with Byrdie in February 2024, Nicola opened up about how much she’s inspired by her parent’s marriage, as well as that of her husband Brooklyn Beckham’s parents, David and Victoria Beckham.

“Anyone who has been married for a long time, it’s such a beautiful thing,” she said. “My parents have been together for maybe 40 years? And David and Victoria have been together since Brooklyn was a baby, which is like 25 years. My parents, their love inspires me every day. It sounds cheesy, but that’s how I feel.”

Nicole also told the outlet how much she values her tight-knit relationship with her parents and that she often travels to their home in Florida to spend time with them and her siblings.

“Family is everything to me, and I mean that with my whole heart,” she said. “I go to Florida any chance I get, and we stay at my parents’ house. It honestly makes me so happy to wake up and have my siblings around. It’s really hard to get us all in the same place because there are so many of us. When we’re all together, it’s so fun.”

So, who are Nicola Peltz Beckham’s parents? Here’s everything to know about Nelson Peltz and Claudia Heffner Peltz. 

Nelson and Claudia tied the knot in 1985. While not much information is known about their nuptials, Nicola gave some insight into her parents’ over 30-year relationship during a March 2023 interview with Cosmopolitan.

“My parents have been together more than 40 years, and they always make fun of each other. My dad is just so cute. When my mom leaves the room, he’s always just like, ‘She’s so beautiful,’ ” she said. “They still act like young kids in love. Literally, they’re always making out, to the point where my brother’s like, ‘I’m closing my eyes. Stop making out.’ They’re so in love, and being able to grow up with that is so beautiful. I would never settle for anything other than that.”

Nelson and Claudia are the parents of eight children: Matthew, Will, Brad, Brittany, Diesel, Nicola, Zachary and Gregory. Nicola is the third youngest of her siblings, born on Jan. 9, 1995.

The Peltz siblings have adopted a range of careers, from sports to interior design. However, Nicola isn’t the only performer in her family. Her older brother Will is also a model and actor who has appeared in films like Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, In Time and Unfriended.

Matthew, Nicola’s eldest brother, has a degree from Yale University and now works for his father’s investment firm, Trian Fund Management, and is the non-executive vice chairman of Wendy’s, per Business Insider.

Nicola’s two older brothers, Brad and Diesel, are in the tech industry. Though Brad was a professional ice hockey player for the Ottawa Senators until 2013, he later founded an automated scheduling platform for patients and doctors called Mymo in 2016. Diesel is the co-founder of location tracking app Twenty and the health-tech app Healthy Together.

Nicola’s older sister, Brittany, attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is now the founder and creative director of the interior design studio Sena Lifestyle Studio. She also shares four children with her husband, Franz-Ferdinand Buerstedde.

Zachary and Gregory, Nicola’s younger twin brothers, are ice hockey players who prefer to keep out of the spotlight. 

Before building a business empire, Nelson was a student at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, per Business Insider. He eventually dropped out of college and started working for his family’s food distribution company, where he helped expand the business.

“I just didn’t get to class that much and, when I did get to class, I couldn’t figure out when I was going to use accounting and finance and economics,” Nelson said about dropping out of college in a lecture at the University of Miami in September 2023. “I was way too immature to be in a place like that.”

In 2005, Nelson co-founded an investment firm, Trian Fund Management. He previously held seats on the board of directors of H.J. Heinz Company and Mondelēz International, Inc., per Sysco. Since 2007, Nelson has been the non-executive chairman of Wendy’s and also works as the company’s director, per the brand.

In addition to Wendy’s, the billionaire has served as the director of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp since 2015 and Unilever PLC since 2022. 

Nicola has starred in several hit TV shows and movies, including Bates Motel and Transformers: Age of Extinction, but her parents tried to dissuade her from becoming an actress.

During an interview with Coveteur in September 2019, Nicola shared how she convinced her parents to let her act at a young age.

“I grew up playing ice hockey, and my dad really wanted me to focus on playing ice hockey, he thought it was so cool. I was center-right and right-wing,” she said. “Then, when I was 11 years old, I asked my mom if I could try acting — it started because I loved my drama class. My parents were very against it at first. They didn’t get it.”

Nicola continued, “We lived an hour a -

way from Manhattan, and I convinced my mom to bring me to one manager. She was like, ‘Listen, if they take you, great. If they don’t, do not bring it up to me until you’re 18 years old.’ So I begged the woman to take me. I think she just felt so bad for me that she took me on as a client. My first audition, I ended up booking, and it was a play at the Manhattan Theatre Club called Blackbird.”

After scoring a role in Blackbird, Nicola told Grazia in another interview that her parents warmed up to the idea of her becoming an actress.

“I think my parents saw how much I really, really enjoyed it, how much I loved it, and how hard I worked at it, and that’s all they really care about,” she said. “Now, they’re really supportive.”

Speaking with Byrdie in February 2024, Nicola revealed that she doesn’t work with a stylist and instead gets advice from Claudia about her outfits.

“I’ll give my mom three options and ask her what I should wear, or she’ll sometimes send me what she sees and likes,” she said. “I feel lucky to have relationships with Victoria Beckham and Valentino and some other brands, so I can just ask them to send me clothes. But it’s very different from having a stylist.”

Claudia also weighed in on Nicola’s bridal attire for her April 2022 nuptials to Brooklyn. The actress told Grazia that her mom and friend Leslie Fremar were a part of the design process when she worked with mother-in-law Victoria on a wedding dress before she turned to Valentino.

"I thought, 'Oh, this is going to be so fun. One of my best friends and my mom.' We connected to start designing the dress, and then a few days went by and I didn't hear anything," she said. "Victoria called my mom and said her atelier couldn't make it. So, I spoke to my mom and Leslie, and I was like, 'Well, unfortunately, this can't happen, so what's the next step?' I've been a fan of Valentino and their couture for so long. I was really lucky to be able to travel to the atelier to try on the dress.” 

Ahead of Nicola’s wedding to Brooklyn, Nelson filed a lawsuit against two of the couple's wedding planners in December 2022. The planners, Nicole Braghin and Arianna Grijalba, were hired six weeks before the wedding and fired after nine days on the job.

In the lawsuit, Nelson claimed he never got his $159,000 deposit back and raised concerns about “their experience, expertise, and capability of planning the wedding." Braghin and Grijalba countersued the billionaire for breach of contract and alleged that Claudia hid the real cost of the wedding from her husband.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan in March 2023, Nicola didn’t directly address the lawsuit but shared how she wished people wouldn't judge her.

"I just wish people knew me before they judged me," she said. "And it sucks, because I wish I could respond to every person, being like, 'That's not true. That's not true. That's not true.' But then obviously, you have to block it out. You can't let everything affect you. Otherwise, it would be a spiral."

In September 2023, Nelson settled his lawsuit with Braghin and Grijalba. As part of the settlement, the planners’ employer, Plan Design Events, made a donation in Nicola and Brooklyn’s name to the CARE Ukraine Crisis Fund.

Despite having a high-profile daughter, Nelson and Claudia prefer to keep their family life out of the spotlight. During her 2022 interview with Grazia, Nicola said she views her parents as “anti-Hollywood.”

“My family is not in the limelight. I don’t see them like that at all,” she explained. “I come from a hockey family. All my brothers play hockey and my parents are, I guess, anti-Hollywood. They didn’t grow up in L.A. or anything.”

Nicola also opened up about how her family keeps her grounded as her career as an actress and model continues to grow.

“It’s funny to be the first person in your family to venture off and try something new,” she said. “My six brothers are happy for me, but they just look at me as their sister. My family keeps me very, very grounded.” 

Though they may prefer life outside of Hollywood, Nelson and Claudia were on hand to support Nicola at the premiere of Lola in February 2024. The actress wrote, directed and starred in the drama film.

Nicola shared several photos from the premiere on Instagram, including a shot of her entire family at the after-party and a moment with her mom while she was getting ready. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in February 2024, Nicola said she was grateful her family made the trip to support her.

“I have six brothers and one sister, so to just wrangle my family alone under one roof is nearly impossible,” she told the outlet. “For everyone to come out and support me meant the absolute world.”

The actress also revealed that Claudia was constantly on set with her during the filming of Lola. “My mom was with me every single day on set. I kidnapped her and made her come to L.A. and be with me, and I couldn’t have done it without her,” she said.

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