Neighbours star Nicky Whelan announces engagement: see her stunning ring

Gemma Strong

Actress Nicky Whelan is engaged to former NFL footballer Kerry Rhodes. The 34-year-old – best known for her role as Pepper Steigner in Australian soap Neighbours – confirmed her happy news on Valentine's Day, sharing a photo of the couple on Instagram and Twitter, her beautiful engagement ring clearly visible. "He's the one #engaged," she wrote alongside.

Speaking to People about the moment Kerry popped the question, the bride-to-be revealed: "I walked into our lounge Friday evening, and he was on his knee with a beautiful box in his hands.

He's the one ... #engaged @kerryrhodes 💍

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Nicky Whelan has announced her engagement to Kerry Rhodes

"I saw the sparkle coming out of the box, so pure and perfect and simple. And very unexpected."

Kerry chose a striking 6.5 carat radiant cut canary diamond for his future wife, which was designed by Gabriel Jacobs of Rafaello and Co. Jewellers in New York City.

Nicky and Kerry have kept their relationship relatively under wraps, although they have occasionally shared social media posts of each other. The actress previously dated her Left Behind co-star Chad Michael Murray for six months before their split in May 2014.

Nicky, who is originally from Melbourne, is best known for her Neighbours role, but has been focused on her Hollywood career in recent years. In 2015, she worked on the experimental film Knights of Cup alongside the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, and she has also featured in a Nespresso advert featuring George Clooney and Jack Black.