Connie Nielsen

3 July 1965

Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen(born 3 July 1965) is a Danish actress. She got her first major role in an English language film with a supporting role inThe Devil's Advocate(1997), and later gained international attention for her role in Ridley Scott 'sGladiator(2000). She has appeared in films such asMission to Mars(2000),One Hour Photo(2002),Basic(2003),The Hunted(2003) andThe Ice Harvest(2005). She starred as Meredith Kane on the Starz TV seriesBoss(2011-2012). She currently portrays Lily Gray in the second season ofThe Following.

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 Connie Nielsen's Early life

and grew up in a village named Elling .She began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene. At 18, she traveled to Paris , France , where she worked as an actress and model, which led to further work and study in Italy — at drama school in Rome and in master classes with Lydia Styx, a teacher atPiccolo Teatro di Milanoin Milan . She lived in Italy for many years, before moving to the United States, where she still resides.

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 Connie Nielsen's Career

Nielsen's feature film debut was the Jerry Lewis French filmPar où t'es rentré ? On t'a pas vu sortirin 1984, followed by a role in the Italian mini-seriesColletti Bianchiin 1988. She appeared in the Italian filmVacanze di Natale '91(1991) and the French filmLe Paradis Absolument(1993).

She moved to the United States in 1996 and made her first appearance in a major English-language film in 1997 as Christabella Andreoli inThe Devil's Advocate, starring opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves . This first minor breakthrough led to roles in the filmsPermanent Midnight(1998),Rushmore(1998), andSoldier(1998).

In 2000, Nielsen became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Ridley Scott 's internationally acclaimed Academy Award –winning epicGladiator, starring opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix . Since then, she has starred in American films includingMission to Mars(2000),One Hour Photo(2002),The Hunted(2003), andBasic(2003), for which she had to cut off most of her hair. She also starred in the acclaimed French thrillerDemonlover(2002), directed by Olivier Assayas . She played the Irish mother to an orphan inA Shine of Rainbows(2009).

In 2004, Nielsen made her Danish film debut in the drama,Brødre(also known asBrothers), for which she won the Danish Best Actress Award, the Bodil , as well as Best Actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival . She was also nominated for Best Actress at the European Film Awards . In 2006, Nielsen appeared in several episodes ofLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitas Detective Dani Beck . She filled in for Mariska Hargitay , who was on maternity leave at the time of filming.

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 Connie Nielsen's Personal life

She has a son, Sebastian Sartor (born 2 June 1990), from a previous relationship.

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 Connie Nielsen's Filmography

1984 Par où t'es rentré ? On t'a pas vu sortir Eva
1991 Vacanze di Natale '91 Brunilde/Vanessa
1993 Voyage Ronnie Freeland
1994 Le paradis absolument Sarah
1997 The Devil's Advocate Christabella Andreoli
1998 Permanent Midnight Dagmar
Rushmore Mrs. Calloway
Soldier Sandra
2000 Dark Summer Megan Denright
Mission to Mars Terri Fisher
Gladiator Lucilla
2002 One Hour Photo Nina Yorkin
Demonlover Diane de Monx
2003 The Hunted Abby Durrell
Basic Osborne
2004 Brødre Sarah
Return to Sender Charlotte Cory
2005 The Great Raid Margaret Utinsky
The Ice Harvest Renata Crest
2006 The Situation Anna Molyneux
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det.Dani Beck
2007 Battle in Seattle Jean
2008 Danny Fricke Danny Fricke
2009 A Shine of Rainbows Maire
2010 Kidnappet Susanne
2011 Perfect Sense Jenny
2011–12 Boss Meredith Rutledge Kane
2013 Nymphomaniac Joe's Mother
2014 3 Days to Kill

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 Connie Nielsen's References

  1. "Connie Nielsen Biography (1965–)". Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  2. Stewart, Susan (9 March 2003). "Double Danish / Connie Nielson (sic)". Newsday. p. D7. 
  3. "Star Dentist Drilled for $20M". New York Post. 7 August 2004. p. 6. 
  4. Cavagna, Carlo (December 2005). "Interview: Connie Nielsen". Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  5. "Connie Nielsen". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. "METALLICA Drummer LARS ULRICH, Girlfriend CONNIE NIELSEN Expecting". 6 December 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2006. 
  7. Vaughan, Brendan (1 March 2007). "A Woman We Love: Connie Nielsen". Esquire Magazine. 

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