Kelly Cunningham – Bio, Career, Family, and Net Worth

Who is Kelly Cunningham?

Kelly Cunningham is mainly famous for being the mother of American actress Emma Roberts. Moreover, she is also the ex-partner of actor Eric Roberts.

Kelly Cunningham was once married to musician Kelly Nickels. The couple resides in New York, United States. In addition, they share a beautiful daughter named Grace Nickles.

Kelly Cunningham Biography
Kelly Cunningham Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameKelly Cunningham
Also Known AsKelly
BirthdayOctober 13
Sun SignLibra
TraitsPositive: Idealistic, social, and clever
Negative: Attention Seekers, dishonest, and trouble Makers 
BirthplaceRhinebeck, New York, USA
Currently residingRhinebeck, New York, USA
Height5 feet 6 inches (1.65 m)
Weight55 kg (121 lbs)
Eye ColorBrown
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse Name Eric Roberts (Ex-Partner) 
Kelly Nickels (Ex-Husband)
ChildrenEmma Roberts (Daughter) 
Grace Nickels (Daughter)

Interesting Facts

  • Her ex-partner is American actor Eric Roberts.
  • Her ex-husband is bassist Kelly Nickels.
  • Kelly’s daughter is American actress Emma Roberts.
  • She has two daughters, Grace, and Emma.
  • She loves to cook and travel.
  • Kelly calls her daughter Emma, queen.
  • Emma once blocked Kelly on Instagram.
  • Her only grandchild is Rhodes Robert Hedlund.
  • Her son-in-law is actor Garrett Hedlund.

Early life and Childhood

Kelly Cunningham was born on October 13 in Rhinebeck, New York, United States. Although her birth year isn’t known, she seems to be in her late fifties or early sixties.

Romantic Affairs and Relationship

Eric Roberts (Ex-Partner) 

On April 18, 1956, Eric Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor. Moreover, he is also the older brother of American actress Julia Roberts.

Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

Eric has a very familiar face in Hollywood. He has done several films. Some of his most remarkable and memorable movies are Runaway Train, The Specialist, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, National Security, The Expendables, The Dark Knight, etc.

Roberts’s performance in King of the Gypsies, Star 80, and Runaway Train earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Awards. Moreover, his acting in Runaway Train also got him an Oscar Nomination.

Furthermore, the actor dated American actress Sandy Dennis for five years. After that, he was in a live-in relationship with Kelly Cunningham for three years. In addition, they share a daughter, Emma Roberts.

Kelly Nickels (Ex-Husband)

On January 5, 1962, Kelly Nickles was born in Montauban, France. However, his origin is America. Kelly is a bassist and used to play for bands like L.A., Faster Pussycat, and Sweet Pain. 

Kelly Nickles and Kelly Cumminham married each other and later separated. Unfortunately, the years of these events are not known.

Kelly Cunningham Children 

Emma Roberts (Daughter) 

On February 10, 1991, Emma Rose Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York, USA. She is the only daughter of Kelly Cunningham and actor Eric Roberts. In addition, she is also the niece of Julia Roberts.

Kelly Cunningham daughter, Emma Roberts
Kelly Cunningham daughter, Emma Roberts

Emma is an actress and a singer by profession. She is mainly known for her role in movies like Wild Child, Nancy Drew, We’re the Millers, Blow, Hotel for Dogs, Valentine’s Day, etc.

Moreover, she began acting at ten after being cast in the hit movie Blow—the movie starred Jonny Depp and Penelope Cruz as lead actors.

Emma was in an on-and-off relationship with actor Evan Peters. They dated from 2012 to 2019. After this, the actress began dating American actor/singer/model Garrett Hedlund in March 2019.

Furthermore, in august 2020, they announced that they would have a baby. On December 27, 2020, Emma gave birth to Rhodes Robert Hedlund in Los Angeles.

Grace Nickels (Daughter)

Grace is the only child of Kelly Cunningham and Kelly Nickles. She was born on January 16, 2001, in the United States. Moreover, she is the half-sister of Emma Roberts.

Kelly Cunningham Health Issues

While Kelly remained healthy throughout the years, the same cannot be said for her daughter and ex-partner. Due to his high dosage of drug intake, Eric had a heart attack, leading to a car accident. In addition, he was in a coma for three days and had to leave the hospital in a wheelchair. Fortunately, he recovered well.

As for Kelly’s daughter, Emma, she had undiagnosed endometriosis. The actress revealed that she had severe menstrual cramps and often missed school. 

Emma also added that she found out about her condition too late. As a result, her doctor advised her to freeze her eggs and take necessary precautions for pregnancy. Fortunately, it all worked out, and Emma became a mother naturally.


Many people confuse Kelly Cunningham with a fellow actress with the same name. However, Emma’s mother, Kelly, is not an actress or a producer. Instead, she is a stay-at-home mother.


In July 2013, Kelly’s daughter, Emma, had a heated argument with her then-boyfriend, Evan Peters. The fight occurred at a hotel. Moreover, their neighbor called in the police.

The police then arrested the actress since the actor was visibly hurt. However, Evan refused to press any charges against Emma, and therefore, after several hours, the police released her.

As for Kelly’s ex-partner, Eric Roberts, he also had his share of controversies. In 1987, the fellow actor got arrested for carrying marijuana and cocaine.

Moreover, he also tried to assault the policeman on duty. However, after pleading guilty, all the charges against him were dropped.

In February 1995, Eric physically abused his wife Eliza after shoving her to the wall. This incident made the actor realize his drug problems. He then gave up doing drugs in total.

In 2020, after Emma told her mother about her pregnancy, she feared that Kelly would not handle it. She stressed that her mother would mistakenly slur out the pregnancy news on her Instagram page.

Therefore, Emma decided to block Kelly on Instagram. However, after promising to be careful, the actress finally unblocked Kelly, and everything was back to normal.

Kelly Cunningham Net Worth

Kelly’s daughter, Emma Roberts, has a net worth of USD 25 million. In addition, her ex-partner, Eric Roberts, has USD 2 million of net worth.

Meanwhile, Cunningham’s ex-husband Kelly Nickles has a net worth of $1.5 million.

Kelly Cunningham Social Media

Kelly Cunningham is only active on her Instagram account. However, she has almost 10k followers there.


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