Brigitte Nielsen

Actor, TV host, Singer
Statuesque and exotic, Brigitte Nielsen acted alongside the biggest names in Hollywood during her 1980s heyday as an icy villainess, but it was not until years later when her star had faded that she launched a reality ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1963 in Denmark


Actor (33)

Portlandia 2015 (Tv Show)


Skinny Dip 2015 (Movie)


Eldorado 2014 (Movie)


Mercenaries 2013 (Movie)

Ulrika (Actor)

Ronal the Barbarian 2011 (Movie)

Amazon Queen (Voice)

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew: Reunion 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Rehab with Dr. Drew 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


The Comedy Central Roast Of Flavor Flav 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Surreal Life: Fame Games 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


The Surreal Life 2004 (Tv Show)


Brigitte Nielsen: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Fans 1999 (Movie)


Paparazzi 1997 (Movie)


She's Too Tall 1997 (Movie)


Snowboard Academy 1997 (Movie)


Bodycount 1995 (Movie)


Compelling Evidence 1995 (Movie)

Michelle Stone (Actor)

Galaxis 1995 (Movie)

Ladera (Actor)

Chained Heat II 1992 (Movie)

Magda Kassar (Actor)

The Double O Kid 1992 (Movie)

Rhonda (Actor)

976-EVIL 2 1991 (Movie)


Mission of Justice 1991 (Movie)

Dr Rachel Olsen (Actor)

Bye Bye Baby 1989 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Domino 1989 (Movie)

Domino (Actor)

Secrets Women Never Share 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

Karla Fry (Actor)

Cobra 1986 (Movie)

Ingrid (Actor)

Red Sonja 1985 (Movie)

Red Sonja (Actor)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

Ludmilla (Actor)

Murder By Moonlight (TV Show)


Strange Love (TV Show)



Statuesque and exotic, Brigitte Nielsen acted alongside the biggest names in Hollywood during her 1980s heyday as an icy villainess, but it was not until years later when her star had faded that she launched a reality television career and fans finally had a glimpse of the real woman behind the mystique. Blessed with a tall frame and frosty European features, Nielsen launched her career as a fashion model, walking the runways of Paris and Milan. Discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis, who was captivated by her beauty, Nielsen made her acting debut opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the swords-and-sorcery fantasy "Red Sonja" (1985). She also caught the eye of Sylvester Stallone, whom she co-starred with in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986), and married in 1985. The couple's whirlwind romance developed into a tabloid fairy tale before their bitter divorce in 1987. Nielsen continued to act, playing a hit woman opposite Eddie Murphy's fast-talking Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987), and even establishing a music career in Europe. After several years out of the American spotlight, she reemerged as a cast member of VH1's "The Surreal Life" (2003-06) in 2004. Her turbulent romance with co-star Flavor Flav developed into the spin-off series "Strange Love" (VH1, 2005), while her personal battle with alcoholism was documented on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2008-13). While Nielsen arguably capitalized on her fame to deal with her personal struggles, she emerged a true Hollywood survivor.



Born Dec. 15, 1989; father, Mark Gastineau

Douglas Aaron

Born April 19, 1993; father, Raoul Meyer

Sebastian Copeland Actor

Married Sept. 29, 1990 Divorced in May 1992

Mattia Dessì

Married July 8, 2006 in Malta

Flavor Flav Actor

Met while filming VH1 reality series "The Surreal Life" (2004) Relationship profiled on spin-off series "Strange Love" (2005)

Mark Gastineau Actor

Had an on-again, off-again relationship Split in 1989 and again in 1990

Raoul Mayer

Married Dec. 17, 1993 in Madrid, Spain Divorced in 2005

Raoul Meyer

Born May 21, 1995; father, Raoul Meyer

Arnold Schwarzenegger Actor

Nielsen claimed they had an affair while filming "Red Sonja" (1985) while Schwarzenegger was dating Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger confirmed affair 2012

Tony Scott Executive Producer

Reportedly had an affair during the filming of "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987) while both were married at the time (Nielsen to Sylvester Stallone)

Sylvester Stallone Actor

Married Dec. 15, 1985 Appeared together in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986) Divorced on July 13, 1987 after a 19-month marriage

Julian Winding

Born April 1984; father, Kasper Winding

Kasper Winding Music

Married in 1983; had one child together Divorced in October 1984



Celebrated two years of sobriety


Attempted to beat her alcohol addiction on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1)


Co-starred with Flavor Flav on the VH1 spin-off reality series "Strange Love"


Appeared on the U.K. version of "Celebrity Big Brother" (BBC) alongside former mother-in-law Jackie Stallone


Reemerged in mainstream U.S. television when she co-starred on the third season of "The Surreal Life" (VH1)


Cast alongside Jim Varney and Corey Haim in the comedy feature "Snowboard Academy"


Acted the CBS TV-movie "Murder by Moonlight"


Released debut album, the dance-oriented Every Body Tells a Story


Cast as a villain in the sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II" opposite Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley


Feature film debut in "Red Sonja"; producer Dino De Laurentiis reportedly picked Nielsen to play the heroine opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger; film was a critical and commercial disappointment


Appeared with then-husband Sylvester Stallone in the action features "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986)

Dropped out of school at 16 to pursue a modeling career in Paris; walked the runways for top designers including Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, and Gianfranco Ferre

Hosted a Danish TV talk show in the late 1990s

Made tabloid headlines in the late 1980s with her on-again, off-again relationship with football player Mark Gastineau

Modeled for renowned photographers Helmut Newton and Greg Gorman in the early 1980s

Bonus Trivia


Her real name Gitte was pronounced "Ghee-Te."


She released second album of Euro-dance music in 1992.


Nielsen entered rehab in 2007 for alcohol abuse.


In 2011, Nielsen claimed she had an affair with her "Red Sonja" co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger while he was in a relationship with Maria Shriver.


Nielsen was rushed to a hospital on Dec. 21, 2011 after a three-car accident in Los Angeles, CA. According to, she was a passenger in a 2006 Porsche Cayenne, which was reportedly struck from behind by a woman driving a Toyota Matrix. Nielsen sustained injuries to her neck and back, and was transported to a nearby hospital where doctors performed X-rays.