Best known for her role in Netflix’s Travelers as Carly Shannon, Nesta Cooper is a rising Canadian actress whose presence in the entertainment business grows with each project. Her rise to prominence is attached to her appearance in a good number of blockbuster projects. Some of them include Diablo, The Edge of Seventeen, and The Returned.
Cooper made her debut as Young Sakelik in the 2013 television series, Cult. Since then, her hard work in the entertainment industry has been widely appreciated by fans who believe she has the potential to make it big in the industry.
Nesta Cooper’s Quiet Beginnings in Courtenay, Vancouver
Nesta Cooper was born on December 11, 1993, in Mississauga, Toronto, Canada. She, however, grew up in Courtenay, Vancouver Island after she moved with her parents to the town. We don’t have the identity of her family members. But we know she has a father, a mother, and two sisters.
Through her relationship with her family, Cooper fell in love with acting. She began schooling in Courtenay and started learning the inner workings of acting and production at her art club. Determined to pursue a career as a thespian, she worked at Tim Hortons and Ardene to save up for acting classes.
After graduation, Nesta Cooper moved to Vancouver in hope of a better chance of achieving her dream. There, she enrolled in acting classes to boost her skill and make herself available for various auditions.
Detailing Her Rise to Fame
Nesta Cooper auditioned for a role in the 2013 American TV series, Cult, and was successful. She played the minor role of Young Sakelik in the TV show. The success of her performance helped her gain more minor roles in television shows like in The Haunting Hour: The Series, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters, and Supernatural.
Nesta reached her first career peak in 2016 when she landed her first leading role in the Canadian-American sci-fi mystery drama series, Travelers. She starred in the show as Carly Shannon, the titular travelers’ tactician who assumes the life of a stay-at-home single mother. She shared the screen with top actors like Eric McCormack and MacKenzie Porter.
The same year, she appeared as Shannon in the coming of age comedy-drama film titled The Edge of Seventeen. Her next significant role came in 2018 when she voiced Scorpion/Georgia in the animated adventure-comedy TV series, Spy Kids: Mission Critical. In 2018, she also appeared in the superhero action-adventure series, Supergirl, and then in the sports drama film, The Miracle Season, where she featured alongside Erin Moriarty, Helen Hunt, William Hurt.
Other roles in Nesta Cooper’s expanding filmography include A Little Closure, Where’s Wally, and See. In the latter, she starred as Haniwa, alongside Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard. She was one of the main characters in the Apple TV show, appearing in all eight episodes. She is expected to reprise her role in the second season of the show.
With roles like Haniwa, Dani Barnes, and Carly Shannon under her belt, Nesta Cooper has quickly become one of Canada’s young stars. Furthermore, with a lot of years ahead of her and plenty of talent to harness, she is on the road to becoming one of Canada’s most recognizable stars.
Nesta Cooper is Still Gathering Her Financial Eggs
With over a decade-long experience in the entertainment industry, Nesta Cooper’s professional career has received steady growth and her financial earnings have reflected this. However, her exact earnings are not yet known, and her net worth is still under review.
One of the films that presumably earned her a significant income is The Edge of Seventeen. In it, she played Shannon, one of the supporting characters. The film made $18,803,648 in the box office against its $9 million budget. The actress also made substantial amounts from projects like Travelers and Spy Kids: Mission Critical, where she played major roles.
Getting Familiar with Nesta Cooper’s Family
Nesta Cooper is one celebrity who does not speak about her family members often, protecting them from the media. This is why information about her parents and siblings are not known. However, we know she has an older sister named Elisha.
While we can’t speak for the identities and personalities of her family members, we can speak to her relationship with them. We know that Nesta and her family were one of two black families in their Courtenay town.
Nesta is fond of showering her mom and dad with love and praise. Over time, on her Instagram page, @nmarlee, she hasn’t hesitated to shower praise on her parents.
Thus, she has had a close relationship with her family members, especially her mom and two sisters. There was a lot of choreographed dancing, putting up plays for their mother, and reenacting scenes from TV shows. Through all of it, Nesta fell in love with acting and enrolled herself in acting class.
What We Know About Her Love Life
With a height of 5 feet 8 inches and a great body figure, Nesta Cooper is a very beautiful woman. So it comes as no surprise that in her short stint in Hollywood, she has attracted a few men.
Currently, the lucky man on her shoulder is Peter Van Auker. He is a film producer who worked on #REALITYHIGH, a film she starred in. There are no prizes for determining how they met. Aside from #REALITYHIGH, Peter has also produced Boys I Used to Babysit, Mali and Frank, The Young, the Hot, and the Bothered.
The two of them have been in a romantic relationship since November 2016. She often shares pictures of them, referring to him as the king of all boyfriends. As further evidence of the couple’s steady relationship, they adopted a Husky named Juneau in October 2017.
Before Van Auker, Nesta Cooper was supposedly in a relationship with Keith Powers. However, he also happens to be her best friend. So, there might not be a lot of truth to that rumor.