Meet Nicola Peltz Beckham, the billionaire heiress, actress, and director who's married to Brooklyn Beckham

Nicola Peltz Beckham at the premiere of "Lola" in February 2024.
Nicola Peltz Beckham at the premiere of "Lola" in February 2024.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
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  • Nicola Peltz Beckham is the daughter of billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz.

  • She married David and Victoria Beckham's son Brooklyn in a star-studded wedding in 2022.

  • Critics slammed Peltz Beckham's recent directorial debut, "Lola," as "poverty porn."

Nicola Peltz Beckham, one of billionaire Nelson Peltz's 10 children, is making headlines for her recent film "Lola." The project, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, focuses on the life of a teenage girl named Lola who's working at a drugstore and strip club to save enough money to move herself and her brother away from their toxic mother.

Critics of the film have been especially harsh, with The Guardian calling it a "vanity project" and "poverty porn."

The criticism is primarily rooted in Peltz Beckham's decision to write and portray a character with such a strikingly different upbringing from hers — her father is the founder of the hedge fund Trian Partners, which just made another $300 million from his long proxy battle with Disney.

She's also known for her marriage to Brooklyn Beckham, the eldest son of world-renowned soccer player David Beckham and designer Victoria Beckham. Their lavish nuptials took place in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2022.

Here's a closer look inside the life of the 29-year-old heiress, actress, and director who's been vocal about her commitment to her family, her love for her husband, and her ambition.

Nicola Peltz — now Nicola Peltz Beckham — grew up in New York as one of billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz's 10 children.

Diesel Peltz (far left), Claudia Peltz (center), Nicola Peltz Beckham, Nelson Peltz (far right) and son
Nicola Peltz (now Nicola Peltz Beckham), pictured second left, with her mother Claudia, center, and father Nelson, right, in 2008.Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The founder of investment firm Trian Fund Management, 81-year-old Nelson Peltz is worth $1.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Trian Fund Management currently manages $8.5 billion worth of assets. In 2017, Nelson Peltz was ranked the 22nd highest-earning hedge fund manager, Forbes reported.

He has contributed millions of dollars to politically conservative causes. During the 2020 election cycle, he donated $200,000 to the Republican National Committee, CNBC reported. In 2018, he donated $650,000 to Citizens for a Strong America, a political organization supporting conservative candidates.

Nicola Peltz Beckham has nine siblings through her father.

He has two children with his first wife, Cynthia Abrams, whom he married in 1964. They divorced in 1981.

In 1985, he married model Claudia Heffner Peltz, and they have eight children, including Nicola, who was born in 1995. She grew up in Westchester County in New York.

She started her career as an actress in 2006, and has had roles in films, TV shows, and music videos.

Nicola Peltz in 2010.
Nicola Peltz in 2010.Steve Granitz/Getty Images

Peltz Beckham's first acting role was in 2006, in the film "Deck the Halls." She has also appeared in "Bates Motel," "The Last Airbender," "Transformers: The Age of Extinction," and "Holidate."

In 2014, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for breakout star for her role in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and a Young Hollywood Award for breakthrough actress. That same year, she won a rising star CinemaCon Award.

Peltz Beckham has also acted in music videos. Most notably, she was featured in Miley Cyrus's "7 Things" music video, which has been viewed over 280 million times since its 2008 premiere. In 2016, she was featured in Zayn Malik's music video for his song "iT's YoU."

Peltz Beckham also starred in Hulu's Emmy-nominated miniseries "Welcome to Chippendales" as Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten.

Dorothy Stratten stands near the bar in a gold dress in this still from "Welcome to Chippendales."
Nicola Peltz on "Welcome to Chippendales."Erin Simkin/Hulu

Peltz Beckham acts alongside Kumail Nanjiani and Murray Bartlett in Hulu's "Welcome to Chippendales," which was released in 2022.

In a 2023 interview with Elle, she told the magazine about one of her favorite memories from the show.

"Finding Dorothy's look for the first time ... like, putting it all together — the makeup, the wig, the costume," she said. "When I got into the costume I really felt changed," she continued.

The show picked up five Emmy nominations in 2023.

Her most recent project was the film "Lola," which she wrote, directed, and starred in.

Nicola Peltz Beckham at the premiere of "Lola" in February 2024.
Nicola Peltz Beckham at the premiere of "Lola" in February 2024.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In a 2024 interview with Women's Wear Daily, Peltz Beckham said she wrote "Lola" six years ago, when she was 23 years old.

"I did not sleep for three days. I have screenshots of 4:50 a.m., just me writing. When I started putting my thoughts down, they just wouldn't stop," she said.

"I wanted to write a flawed character, but also someone where their heart's in the right place. I just think that's life, and imperfection in life will always inspire me," Peltz Beckham added.

Although the film was released in February 2024, it garnered attention in April 2024 due to negative reviews from critics, with The Guardian's Kady Ruth Ashcraft describing the film as "poverty porn."

"In film, that means the exploitation of the conditions of poverty for entertainment and artistic recognition," she wrote.

In her interview with WWD, Peltz Beckham acknowledged that she didn't grow up like Lola at all and was prepared for the criticism.

"I wanted to write a story from a person's perspective and another point of view that was not my personal view and not my upbringing. I am an actress and my dream is to get to look at the world from different perspectives," she said.

One of her brothers is actor Will Peltz, who appeared in an episode of "Euphoria."

Will Peltz in 2023.
Will Peltz in 2023.Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

In addition to having played Luke Kasten in "Euphoria," Will Peltz is known for his role in "Unfriended," a 2014 horror film.

He also was featured in "Lola" as a member of a Narcotics Anonymous group.

She and Will have matching tattoos that honor their family history.

Will Peltz and Nicola Peltz in 2015.
Will Peltz and Nicola Peltz in 2015.Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

The siblings have almost-matching tattoos that pay homage to their family's Eastern European Jewish roots. Their tattoos are written in Yiddish. Nicola's tattoo means "family first" while Will's reads "family."

"I love big families, I love being around my family and all my siblings, it's like, my happy place for me," Peltz Beckham told Elle in 2023.

She met Brooklyn Beckham at Coachella music festival in 2017, although they didn't start dating until a couple of years later.

Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz at the 2021 Met Gala.
Brooklyn Peltz Beckham and Nicola Peltz Beckham at the 2021 Met Gala.John Shearer/WireImage

Coachella is known to be stacked with celebrities, so it's no wonder the couple met at the annual California music festival. But they didn't have an instant connection, according to Peltz Beckham.

"We didn't get along, we just didn't click … I had a boyfriend, he had a girlfriend," she told Tatler in 2022.

It took Beckham — a former model, photographer, chef, and the oldest child of David and Victoria Beckham — and Peltz years to finally get together. They reunited at Leonardo DiCaprio's Halloween party in 2019, Glamour reported, and they were later spotted having a late-night dinner together after the event.

"I can't tell you what happened [at the party] but from then on we were inseparable," Peltz Beckham told Tatler.

In 2020, she and Beckham announced they were engaged.

Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz depart The 2022 Met Gala.
Brooklyn Peltz Beckham and Nicola Peltz Beckham depart The 2022 Met Gala.Matt Winkelmeyer/MG22/Getty Images

Beckham, now 25, and Peltz announced their engagement via Instagram in July 2020. "Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes," he wrote in his caption.

"I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day," he continued.

Just months later, in January 2021, Beckham debuted a tattoo dedicated to his fiancée — a transcript of a love letter Peltz had written. She signed the letter as "your future wifey."

The couple got married at her father's $79 million estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in front of A-list friends in April 2022.

Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz with wedding ring visible.
Brooklyn Peltz Beckham and Nicola Peltz Beckham with her wedding ring visible.Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

In April 2022, the couple got married at the Peltz's family estate in Palm Beach, Florida. At their wedding, they took photos exclusively on flip phones, according to the couple.

According to Elle, the wedding cost almost $4 million.

British Vogue shared photos on Instagram of the bride and groom in their wedding attire. Nicola Peltz Beckham wore a custom Valentino gown for the occasion. She initially hoped to wear a design by her mother-in-law, Victoria Beckham, but ultimately the designer's "atelier couldn't do it," Peltz Beckham told Variety.

Their 500-strong guest list included celebrities such as Serena Williams, Eva Longoria, and Gordon Ramsay, People reported.

In an interview with Elle, Peltz Beckham described newlywed life as "amazing" and described Brooklyn as her "best friend." "Being able to live life by his side has been amazing, because I feel like even if I'm going through something bad I have him by my side," she said.

The couple chose to take each other's last names after their wedding, becoming Nicola and Brooklyn Peltz Beckham.

The couple reportedly lives in Los Angeles.

The Peltz Beckhams recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary.

Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham at the Mugler RTW Fall 2024 show in March 2024.
Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham at the Mugler RTW Fall 2024 show in March 2024.Swan Gallet/WWD via Getty Images

On April 9, 2024, Nicola Peltz Beckham shared three black-and-white photographs from the couples' wedding on Instagram, writing, "happy anniversary my love ... i love you with all my heart and everyday my love for you gets more and more. thank you for being my best friend - i love our forever playdate."

Brooklyn Peltz Beckham also shared three black-and-white photos on his Instagram with the caption, "Happy anniversary to my absolute angel, you are my butter to my toast, I can't wait to grow young with you xx I love you my forever girl."

"I see myself being a mom in five years," she told Elle in 2023.

Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham attend YSL's Celebration of Candy Glaze in February 2024.
Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham attend YSL's Celebration of Candy Glaze in February 2024.Nina Westervelt/WWD via Getty Images

"Brooklyn wants a lot of kids," she said, adding, "Yeah, I would love a big family really."

She recently supported her mother-in-law, Victoria Beckham, at her show during Paris Fashion Week.

The Beckham family attend the Victoria Beckham AW24 show during Paris Fashion Week in March 2024.
The Beckham family attend the Victoria Beckham AW24 show during Paris Fashion Week in March 2024.Darren Gerrish/Contributor/WireImage for Victoria Beckham

Peltz Beckham, pictured first from right, attended her mother-in-law's Paris Fashion Week show alongside her husband, father-in-law, and two of Brooklyn's siblings, Cruz and Harper, in March 2024.

"congratulations on another beautiful collection @victoriabeckham [red heart emoji] i love watching your vision come to life! love you so much," Peltz Beckham wrote on Instagram following the event.

The family is famously supportive of each other's projects, previously attending the October 2023 premiere of David Beckham's Netflix documentary and the February 2024 premiere of "Lola."

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