Connie Nielsen

Actor
A talented actress whose formidable onscreen persona saw her specializing in cool, competent women, Connie Nielsen was more interested in honing her craft than in becoming a celebrity. The Danish actress received her ... Read more »
Born: 07/02/1965 in Denmark

Filmography

Actor (31)

The Good Wife 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Runner 2015 (Movie)

Deborah Price (Actor)

Tonight at Noon 2015 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

3 Days to Kill 2014 (Movie)

Christine Renner (Actor)

All Relative 2014 (Movie)

Maren (Actor)

Return to Zero 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Following 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden 2014 (Movie)

Baroness Von Wagner (Voice)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I 2013 (Movie)

Joe's Mother (Actor)

Boss 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Sense 2012 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

A Shine of Rainbows 2010 (Movie)

Maire (Actor)

The Situation 2007 (Movie)

Anna Molyneuz (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers 2005 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Ice Harvest 2005 (Movie)

Renata (Actor)

The Great Raid 2005 (Movie)

Margaret Utinsky (Actor)

The Price of Freedom: Making The Great Raid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Basic 2003 (Movie)

Lieutenant Julia Osborne (Actor)

Demonlover 2003 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Return to Sender 2003 (Movie)

Death Row Woman (Actor)

The Hunted 2003 (Movie)

Abby Durrell (Actor)

One Hour Photo 2002 (Movie)

Nina Yorkin (Actor)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Lucilla (Actor)

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

Terri Fisher (Actor)

Dark Summer 1998 (Movie)

Megan (Actor)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Dagmar (Actor)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Calloway (Actor)

Soldier 1998 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Christabella (Actor)

Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A talented actress whose formidable onscreen persona saw her specializing in cool, competent women, Connie Nielsen was more interested in honing her craft than in becoming a celebrity. The Danish actress received her start in French and Italian projects, but broke through internationally with a small role as Al Pacino's evil temptress sidekick in "The Devil's Advocate" (1997). She notched memorable supporting roles in "Rushmore" (1998), "Soldier" (1998) and "Mission to Mars" (2000) before landing the female lead of the Oscar-winning "Gladiator" (2000) opposite Russell Crowe. Her searing turn as the proud-but-powerless Lucilla, older sister of the corrupt emperor (Joaquin Phoenix) earned her raves, and she used her newfound fame to springboard into art house films with leading roles in the Robin Williams thriller "One Hour Photo" (2002) and the challenging "Demonlover" (2002). Nielsen won the Danish equivalent of the Oscar for her starring role in the drama "Brødre" ("Brothers") (2004), which was remade into an American film in 2009. Consistently cast as tough, powerful women, Nielsen memorably filled in during the maternity leave of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) star Mariska Hargitay and enjoyed a long-term relationship with Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Almost too talented a chameleon, Nielsen disappeared so completely into her characters that she never achieved widespread mainstream fame, but was universally hailed for the gravity she brought to every performance.

Relationships

Sebastian

Son
born c. 1990

Ulrich Nielsen

Brother
born c. 1969

Lars Ulrich Actor

Companion
Danish

Milestones

2007

Cast as a journalist in the Iraq war drama, "The Situation"

2006

Appeared in several episodes of "Law & Order: SVU," (NBC) as a temporarily replacement for a pregnant Mariska Hargitay

2005

Starred as a woman who comes between two brothers in "Brødre/Brothers"

2005

Cast opposite John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton in the "Ice Harvest," a dark comedy directed by Harold Ramis

2005

Appeared in "The Great Raid," based on a true story of the liberation of 500 POWs during WWII

2003

Cast opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in "Basic"

2003

Female lead in the action feature "The Hunted"

2002

Cast as a wife and mother who becomes the object of a stalker in "One Hour Photo"; screened at Sundance

2000

Portrayed the lone female member of a "Mission to Mars"

2000

Cast as Lucilla, the daughter of Marcus Aurelius, in the epic "Gladiator"

1998

Co-starred with Kurt Russell in "Soldier"

1998

Had small role as Mason Gamble's attractive mother in the quirky comedy "Rushmore"

1997

Breakthrough screen role as Satan's daughter in "The Devil's Advocate"

1994

While living in Paris, auditioned for Lawrence Kasdan for a role in "French Kiss"; was not cast by Kasdan who suggested she move to the USA

1993

American TV debut, the made-for-cable movie "Voyage" (USA Network)

Began performing as a teenager, appearing in sketch comedy and cabaret scenes, some written by her actress mother

Settled in NYC

Raised in a small coastal village in Denmark

Studied acting and opera in France and Italy

Bonus Trivia

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"A role can go from being a babe to anything, as long as it's something that makes me curious." --Connie Nielsen quoted in Premiere, June 2000.

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"I'm getting used to working with guys and being the only female on the set." --Nielsen to Movieline, March 2000.

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"Making a movie is like meeting a lover; you just don't know how much of it is your projection." --Nielsen to Movieline, March 2000.

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