Nichole Hiltz is an American actress, who became known to the viewing public for her role as Brandi Shannon in the TV series, “In Plain Sight,” aired over the USA Network.
Early life and family
Nichole Marie Hiltz was born on 3 September 1978, in Hanover, Massachusetts, USA, so her zodiac sign is Virgo and her birth stone is blue sapphire. Her father was a businessman and her mother was a homemaker, but they divorced when she was still quite young, and her mother along with her grandmother raised Nichole and her three siblings.
There is no information about her educational background or growing years.
Officially, Nichole’s movie screen debut was in a short independent film, “Sporting Dog,” released in 1999. However, no one knew about the film, and so her following role as the Alien Jumpsuit Chick No.2 in the comedy film, “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 is considered to be her first screen appearance. Although this movie, which starred Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, was severely criticized by most film reviewers, it was a commercial success.
A series of minor roles were given to her each year after that from 2001 up to 2005 in movies, most notably in “Shallow Hal” with Jack Black in 2001, “Austin Powers in Goldmember” with Mike Myers in 2002, “Something’s Gotta Give” with Jack Nicholson in 2003, and “Spanglish” with Adam Sandler in 2004.
In between her minor roles in the movies, she was also into TV drama series. Her television career started at the same time as her movie career, and her TV debut was with “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2001.
After that, she appeared in various television series in minor roles, and the most popular among them were “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2002, “The Shield” with Michael Chiklis” in 2003, “NYPD Blue” with Jimmy Smits in 2004, and “Smallville” with Tom Welling in 2006 wherein fans hated her for coming between the main characters, Clark and Lana, in the series.
Nichole had a small taste of success when she landed a role in the horror film, “Trailer Park Boys: The Movie” also known as “Trailer Park Boys: The Big Dirty” in 2006, and its sequel, “Trailer Park of Terror” in 2008.
While these were low-budgeted movies, she was noticed by the viewing public who are huge fans of the genre. She was a constant guest in various TV primetime shows, and her perseverance to continue accepting minor roles led to bigger roles that translated to more screen time. In 2006 she appeared in the popular TV series, “Desperate Wives,” and instead of just one episode she had three. Then through 2007 and 2008 she had the role of Ginny Dannegan in the drama series, “The Riches,” for nine episodes.
After that, another crime procedural drama series, “Bones,” gave her the significant role of Roxie Lyon, the lesbian lover of one of the main cast, which helped her gain more prominence. Her episodes were aired from 2008 to 2009. Her biggest break to date was her role as Brandi Shannon, the younger sister of the main protagonist in the crime drama TV series, “In Plain Sight.” She was a series regular and appeared in 50 episodes out of the 61 aired from 2008 to 2012, which ran for five seasons, with stars such as Mary McCormack, Fred Weller, Stan McQueen and Jinx Shannon.
It was aired over the USA Network, and is one of the network’s highest-rated series. After the show was cancelled, she was not seen on TV, but her last movie appearance was in “Should’ve Been Romeo” directed by Marc Bennett and was released in 2012.
Nichole was previously engaged to a Canadian actor Mike Smith, whom she met on the set of “Trailer Park Boys: The Movie,” for a brief time in 2006. In 2010, she became pregnant and the producers of her TV series, “In Plain Sight,” became creative in hiding it from the viewing public.
No one knew who the father was, but the child is with her.
In March of 2011, police responded to a disturbing 911 call from her home. The 911 operator talked to someone who was talking gibberish, and when the policed arrived at Nichole’s home, they found her heavily intoxicated. They immediately booked her for child neglect, and took her child into protective custody. According to TMZ, Nichole’s lawyer said that it was just a misunderstanding and denied that charges were filed, and that the child was never in danger of being harmed.
Nichole is 5ft 7ins (1.73m) tall, weighs around 128lbs (58kgs), and her vital statistics are 32-26-35. She is Caucasian with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Sources estimated her net worth at around $2 million as of early 2020, after being active for 13 years in show business.