Lorraine Broussard Nicholson (born April 16, 1990) is an American actress. Besides being known as the daughter of Jack Nicholson, she is known for playing Alana Blanchard in the biographical film Soul Surfer (2011).

Early life

Nicholson was born in Los Angeles to actor Jack Nicholson and actress Rebecca Broussard. She was named after her father’s aunt. She has a younger brother named Raymond Nicholson (born 1992), as well as five half siblings. In 2008, she graduated from Brentwood School in Brentwood, California.


Nicholson's first on-screen appearance was as an extra, at the age of 13, in her father's movie Something's Gotta Give. In 2008, she provided the voice of Katie in animated film Fly Me to the Moon.

In 2011, she wrote, produced and directed a 15-minute coming-of-age drama titled The Instant Message.

After mostly minor roles as a child actor, Nicholson landed her first major role in Soul Surfer, playing Bethany Hamilton's best friend Alana Blanchard, who was there to help her after a shark attack took her left arm. As Blanchard was a competitive surfer, Nicholson had to take a crash course in wave riding.

Nicholson will star in the upcoming movie Hacker (2015), playing a computer genius.

Personal life

Nicholson served as Miss Golden Globe at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards ceremony.

In May 2012, she graduated from Brown University with a degree in Literary Arts, intending on being a screenwriter. In a 2011 interview, Nicholson stated, "I love to act and I also hope to one day write and direct and create my own projects. I feel that in the film industry, especially as a woman, it's really important to make your own luck – and create projects to give other people really strong opportunities as well as yourself."


2003Something's Gotta GiveYoung Girl in Market
2004Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementPrincess Lorraine
2006ClickSamantha Newman (at 14 years old)
2008Fly Me to the MoonKatieVoice role
2009World's Greatest DadHeather
2011Soul SurferAlana Blanchard
2012Cottage, TheThe CottageVanessa
2014The Pimp and the RoseShort film
2014HackerKira Whittal
2015Endings, Inc.Nikki WheatonShort film
2016Room 105Sam