NELSON ASPEN is one of Entertainment's most charming personalities in TV, radio, print and on-line. Currently, he's in his 16th year for Australia's #1 rated "Sunrise" as their Show Business Editor... bringing the latest in entertainment and pop culture to millions of viewers around the world, every morning! Over the last quarter century, he has been a much loved, well respected and widely trusted contributor to TV, radio and online outlets around the world. But there's a lot more to this Showbiz Insider than just empathy, wit, A-list contacts and masterful storytelling ability. You'd be hard pressed to name a celebrity he hasn't interviewed or an entertainment story he hasn't covered, which is why in 2019 he enjoys his fourth nomination by the Publicists Guild of America as International Media Journalist of the Year.
Bouncing between Tinseltown and Manhattan gains him access to the hottest stars and scoops. One day he's on the red carpet chatting with Tom Cruise, Chris Hemsworth or Jamie Foxx...the next he's sitting down for exclusive chats with Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg, Cate Blanchett, Adam Levine, Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon or the Avengers...enjoying the nightlife with Kylie Minogue...scaling skyscrapers with Marina Navratilova...taking us behind the scenes for set-visits of blockbuster films and TV series...singing and dancing on stage with The Wiggles or Hugh Jackman! In addition to his successful presenting work, he also is a frequent commentator for news & entertainment documentaries and a wide range of radio programs. He has a serious side, too, as evidenced by his compelling live, breaking reports on the deaths of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Heath Ledger and the celebrity arrests du jour. News outlets around the world quote his expertise and exclusives. When show business news happens, Nelson is always among the first in his industry to report it.
NELSON began his professional career at age 8 and went on to roles in the big screen's ISHTAR, OFF BEAT, and TV's long running SEARCH FOR TOMORROW. When his soap opera stint ended ("I was washed off in a flood"), NELSON pursued Daytime Television via production, working on the staffs of every East Coast based serial drama-from casting to writing. From there, he moved to the prime-time situation comedies, EVERYTHING'S RELATIVE starring Jason Alexander and THE DICTATOR starring Christopher Lloyd.
During a hiatus, NELSON discovered aerobics. Grabbing the baton with his characteristic enthusiasm, he trained rigorously to become a top instructor and traveled the world conducting Master Classes and training other instructors (even Lady Di's!). He continues to specialize in health & fitness and travel related stories. He's a 20-time marathoner and the creator of his own patented exercise program, "The Brains and Brawn Workout TM ." He's taken fans on global visits from as far as the Australian outback, the vineyards of New Zealand, on safari in South Africa, Ireland's "Titanic Trail," Niagara Falls and the UK's Eastend marketplace to closer-to-home points like Rodeo Drive, New York City's Times Square and the volcanoes of Hawaii.
NELSON broke new ground as the Microsoft Network's first "Cyber-Star" in his own website appropriately titled NELSON'S WORLD. His fun style of celebrity reporting and quick wit made the show an unprecedented hit. For 182 live episodes, NELSON produced, wrote and hosted powerhouse interviews with a diverse roster of showbiz stars. His unique ability to package entertainment in a knowledgeable and sensitive manner endeared him not only to fans, but to the stars and their representatives, too. He writes for several international publications and privately coaches celebrities and other media professionals for interviews and public speaking appearances. Nelson is a frequent emcee, speaker & panel moderator for star-studded events such as film festivals, book launches and screenings at the world famous American Cinematheque.
In the fall of 2002, he released a novel, "Sacred Blood," a historical thriller set in 1941 Nazi occupied France. In 2004, Kensington Books released his happy, how-to manual for entertaining, "Let's Dish Up A Dinner Party!" which jettisoned him into the household realm alongside Martha Stewart and Emeril. In fact, ELLE Magazine named him one of their six annual "Good Time Gurus!" In 2008, his "must read" autobiography "Hollywood Insider: Exposed!" became an international sensation. 2010's handsome hardcover, "Dinner at Nelson's," had fans lined up at bookstores. His latest book, "My Prime Time," came out in 2014 to coincide with his return to the musical theater stage at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Sydney Opera House. Since then, he has been bringing his unique cabaret stage show combining showbiz stories, songs and special guest stars to sold-out venues in NYC, LA, Philadelphia and London's West End.
Fun, fair, friendly, fascinating. Nelson enthuses, "I love to be busy. Bodies in motion STAY in motion and I intend to keep moving!" With his winning way, his gift of gab and intelligent sense of reporting, it's not difficult to see why NELSON ASPEN is, as always, going places.