Arianne Zuker
Birth Date:
June 3, 1974
Birth Place:
Northridge, California, USA
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Arianne Zucker
Days' Villainess


“I think that Nicole wants so badly to trust somebody. She's never really, truly dealt with anything.” Arianne Zuker (on her “Days of Our Lives” character)

Arianne Zucker is an American model and actress. She is best known to television audiences for playing Nicole Walker on “Days of Our Lives,” from February 27, 1998 to February 8, 2006, and then from April 2, 2008 to present. The role has brought her a Soap Opera Digest Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination. She was ranked No. 8 on the TV Guide list of “Soap's Sexiest Women” in July 2008.         

Zuker has been married to actor Kyle Lowder, who is six years her junior, since 2002. They have one daughter. She was once engaged to actor  Michael Dietz.

Zuker is an animal lover and has a green belt in tae kwon do. Her other interests include horseback riding and skiing. Zuker launched  an online jewelry store called LowdSuga with partner Heidi. She has worked with many charitable organizations, including her favorite,  the Make a Wish Foundation. She is an active board member for the Virtual Theatre Project, the non profit theater company aimed to provide opportunities for actors, playwrights, directors, designers, technicians and students to express their talents in original play development and production. 


Childhood and Family:

Arianne Zuker was born Arianne Bethene Zucker on June 3, 1974, in Northridge, California, to parents Barbara, a lab technologist, and Barry, a plumber. She was raised in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, and has an older brother named Todd. Arianne, whose nickname is Ari, began competing in horse shows when she was 8 years old. She was inspired to become a veterinarian until finding her love for acting while in college. She graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1992. She was a cheerleader during her sophomore and junior years of high school. She went on to attend the Los Angeles Pierce College. She also has studied theater at the Howard Fine Studios in Los Angeles.

On August 3, 2002, Ari was married to her “Days” co-star Kyle Lowder (born August 27, 1980). They initially kept their relationship a secret from the rest of the show's cast until they were engaged in Thanksgiving 2001. In August 2007, Ari and her husband announced their separation, but they then reconciled in early 2008. On December 7, 2009, she gave birth to the couple's  first child, daughter Isabella.

The Last Resort


Arianne Zuker started modeling at age 16 when she was spotted by a talent scout from It Models. In addition to Los Angeles and New York, she has traveled to France, Australia and Japan to model. She also appeared in several national commercials for McDonald’s and Mazda.

Zuker enjoyed a huge break on television when she won the role of Nicole Walker on the daytime soap opera “Days of our Lives” in 1998. She continued to play the character until 2006 when she took a two year break. She has returned to the series again in the same role since April 2008. Zuker took home a 2001 Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Villainess for her performance. Four years later, she received a Soap Opera Digest nomination in the category of Favorite Villainess. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2010. Commenting on her return to “Days,” she stated, “I'm having a blast. I am having such a great time. Part of it is because, every time I pick up a script, I giggle. I think that between the writing and everyone behind the scenes and in front of the scenes, Days is such a positive place to be that you can't help but have a great time.”

Between 1999 and 2000, Zuker appeared as a celebrity contestant in the game show “Search Party.” In 2001, she played Shannon on the short “Looking for Bobby D,” opposite Adam Fine, Michael Dietz and Rick Hoffman. She went on to appear in the TV special “NBC's Funniest Outtakes” (2002), the TV series documentary “Soapography” (2004) and the reality TV “1 Day with...” (2004). She also appeared on “SoapTalk” during 2004-2006.  

While on hiatus from “Days,” Zuker made a guest appearance as Brenda Collett in an episode of “CSI: Miami” called “Dead Air” (2006) and then portrayed Winifred Marshall in the television series “Life in General” (2008). She also became a contestant in “Fear Factor” (2006).

2009 saw Zuker play the supporting role of Jessica in the Brandon Nutt directed horror/thriller movie “The Last Resort,” opposite America Olivo, Paulie Rojas and Marissa Tait. The same year, she also appear in the talk show “The Bonnie Hunt Show.”  

In 2011, Zuker had an uncredited part in an episode of “Supernatural” called “The French Mistake.”

Zuker has appeared in theater productions such as Beth Henley's “Crimes of the Heart” (as Babe Bortrelle), “A Coupla White Chicks” (as Maude) and Neil Simon's Last of the Little Red Hot Lovers” (as Elaine).


Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Villainess, “Days of Our Lives,” 2001  Show Less