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All About Emma Roberts' Sister, Grace Nickels

Emma Roberts was nearly 10 years old when she became an older sister

<p>Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</p> Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels attend Domino x American Express Platinum on August 4, 2017 in Bridgehampton, New York.

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Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels attend Domino x American Express Platinum on August 4, 2017 in Bridgehampton, New York.

Emma Roberts is a proud big sister to her younger sibling, Grace Nickels.

The American Horror Story actress’s little sister was born on Jan. 16, 2001, to Roberts’ mother Kelly Cunningham, and her husband, bassist Kelly Nickels, nearly a decade after Cunningham welcomed Roberts with her then-boyfriend Eric Roberts. Despite their 10-year age difference, Roberts and Nickels grew up close to each other.

On Nickels’ 23rd birthday in January 2024, Roberts shared a sweet tribute to her on Instagram alongside a photo of the two enjoying drinks.

“happy birthday to the best sister and auntie 🌟,” she wrote. “the day you were born is my favorite day! I love you forever Jeeves 🪩 @ggrace_nickels 💋.”

Related: All About Emma Roberts' Parents, Eric Roberts and Kelly Cunningham

The same week, Nickels was rumored to be in a relationship with singer Dominic Fike after she posted a photo of the two kissing.

From spending time with Miranda Cosgrove when she was little to her most recent relationship, here’s everything to know about Emma Roberts’ sister, Grace Nickels.

She was Roberts’ toughest critic when they were younger

<p>Emma Roberts Instagram </p> Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels.

Emma Roberts Instagram

Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels.

When Roberts was 16 and Nickels was 6, Roberts turned to her little sister for fashion advice, she told the Associated Press in 2007, per Cleveland19 News.

"I'm embarrassed to say I do ask her sometimes when I'm putting on clothes,” she said. “I'll say, `Is this cute, Grace?’ ”

She added that Nickels wasn’t afraid to share her honest opinion — even if it was a negative one.

"She'll be like, `I don't think I was really a fan of that shirt you were wearing.' I'll say, `Thank you for that, Grace,’ ”' Roberts said. "If I want an honest opinion I'll definitely ask her."

She had some famous friends when she was little

<p>Grace Nichols Instagram</p> Grace Nichols, Emma Roberts and Miranda Cosgrove in a throwback picture from their Nickelodeon days.

Grace Nichols Instagram

Grace Nichols, Emma Roberts and Miranda Cosgrove in a throwback picture from their Nickelodeon days.

When Roberts was on the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous, another famous sitcom — Drake & Josh — was airing on the network at the same time. In a throwback both Roberts and Nickels posted on their Instagram accounts in December 2018, the two sisters posed with one of the stars of the show, Miranda Cosgrove.

In her post, Nickels also included a picture of herself with the titular star, Josh Peck, as he threw a toddler-aged Nickels over his shoulder.

They are close with their mom

<p>Emma Roberts Instagram</p> Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels enjoy a drink.

Emma Roberts Instagram

Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels enjoy a drink.

Both daughters grew up close to Cunningham, who often posts tributes to her daughters on Instagram and shows off their sisterly love. In one post, Cunningham showed a screenshot of a text exchange between her daughters as Roberts joked to Nickels that their mom was “stalking” her, trying to figure out what she was up to.

“Mom is stalking me about what you’re doing,” she wrote in the messages. “Am I supposed to be saying something.”

Cunningham thought the exchange was sweet, writing in the caption, “When your daughters have each other’s back!!!🤣🤣🤩♥️.”

For her 65th birthday, Cunningham’s daughters both wished her a happy birthday on Instagram, with Cunningham reposting Nickels’ Instagram Story tribute on her profile.

The girls also got her a cake that was decorated with a photo of Brad Pitt and a text bubble coming from his mouth, reading, “Happy Birthday, Beautiful Kelly.”

She has attended red carpets with Roberts

<p>Jamie McCarthy/Getty</p> Grace Nickels and Emma Roberts as Teen Vogue and Aerie celebrate Emma Roberts' November Cover on October 24, 2015 in New York City.

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Grace Nickels and Emma Roberts as Teen Vogue and Aerie celebrate Emma Roberts' November Cover on October 24, 2015 in New York City.

Since she was a teenager, Nickels has been by Roberts’ side at high-profile events, from red carpets to fashion shows. They attended the celebration of Roberts’ Teen Vogue cover story in October 2015 together, as well as a Domino x American Express Platinum event in August 2017.

Nickels also accompanied Roberts in the front row at Coach’s 75th Anniversary: Women's Pre-Fall and Men's Fall Show in December 2016.

She is an aunt to Roberts’ son Rhodes

<p>Emma Roberts Instagram</p> Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels pose together at a park.

Emma Roberts Instagram

Emma Roberts and Grace Nickels pose together at a park.

Nickels became an aunt on Dec. 27, 2020, when Roberts’ son Rhodes was born. Since then, she’s been close to her young nephew, cuddling with him in photos. Both Roberts and Cunningham have called her the “best auntie.”

Related: All About Emma Roberts' Son Rhodes

She is passionate about art

<p>Emma Roberts Instagram</p> Emma Roberts celebrates Grace Nickels' 18th birthday in a birthday tribute on Instagram.

Emma Roberts Instagram

Emma Roberts celebrates Grace Nickels' 18th birthday in a birthday tribute on Instagram.

Nickels often shares her doodles on Instagram, from creating abstract colorful images to "dudes [she] doodled," and Roberts is proud to show them off as well.

In December 2016, Roberts posted a video showing how Nickels used different colored pens and markers to draw a woman's face.

"So impressed and jelly of @ggrace_nickels artistic skills," she wrote in the caption. "Love you sis!"

She has been linked to singer Dominic Fike

<p>Grace Nickels Instagram</p> Grace Nickels and Dominic Fike kissing in a photobooth during her 23rd birthday in January 2024.

Grace Nickels Instagram

Grace Nickels and Dominic Fike kissing in a photobooth during her 23rd birthday in January 2024.

In January 2024, Nickels sparked rumors that she's dating Euphoria actor Dominic Fike after she included images of the two kissing in a photobooth in a carousel of photos from her birthday.

Related: Dominic Fike and Hunter Schafer's Relationship Timeline

Fike previously dated his costar, Hunter Schafer, for over a year before announcing their split in July 2023.

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