Connie Nielsen


03 Jul 1965


Elling, Frederikshavn, Denmark


Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen


Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. She was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to a mother who worked as an insurance clerk, and a father, Bent Nielsen, who was a bus driver. Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene. At 18, she headed to Paris to continue her pursuit of acting, which led her to further work and study in Rome and Milan. In addition to being an accomplished actress, Nielsen is also a trained singer, dancer and is fluent in English, German, Danish, Swedish, French and Italian. She resides in New York.

However, it was Nielsen's portrayal of "Princess Lucilla", opposite Russell Crowe's Maximus in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Gladiator (2000), which first garnered a mass appeal. She won Best Actress Awards from the Danish Academy Awards and from the San Sebastian Film Festival for her role in the Danish drama Brothers (2004) (aka Brothers), which was released by Focus Features and IFC Films. She then appeared in the World War II epic The Great Raid (2005) opposite Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes and James Franco for director John Dahl and produced by Miramax; the dramatic thriller Return to Sender (2004) directed by Bille August, which premiered at The Toronto Film Festival in 2004; and the black comedy The Ice Harvest (2005) with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Randy Quaid, directed by Harold Ramis for Focus Features. In 2003, Nielsen starred as an industrial spy in a corporate war in the critically acclaimed suspense thriller Demonlover (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas and co-starring Chloë Sevigny and Gina Gershon. Her other lead roles range from The Hunted (2003) by director William Friedkin (with Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro; to Basic (2003) by director John McTiernan (opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson); to One Hour Photo (2002) where she starred opposite Robin Williams; to Mission to Mars (2000) opposite Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle; to The Devil's Advocate (1997) starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.

Additionally, Nielsen has received a Best Actress Award from the Empire Awards for her role in Gladiator (2000), and has given unforgettable performances as a German heroin junkie in Permanent Midnight (1998) opposite Ben Stiller and as an unmatronly Texas mother in Rushmore (1998) opposite Bill Murray. Other film credits include Innocents (2000) (aka The Innocents) opposite Jean-Hugues Anglade, Voyage (1993) with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts.

Actor ( 54 credits )

Wonder Woman (2017) Hippolyta
The 11th (2017) Katrine Firth
The Confessions (2016) Claire Seth
Løvekvinnen (2016) Mrs Grjothornet
Ali and Nino (2016) Duchess Kipiani
Stratton (2016) Sumner
Music, War and Love (2016) Lena
The Runner (2015) Deborah Price
All Relative (2014) Maren
Return to Zero (2014) Dr. Claire Holden
3 Days to Kill (2014) Christine Renner
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) Joe's Mother
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) Joe's Mother (credit only)
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) Baroness Von Wagner (voice)
The Following (2013)  Lily Gray (13 episodes, 2014)
Perfect Sense (2011) Jenny
Boss (2011)  Meredith Kane (18 episodes, 2011-2012)
Lost in Africa (2010) Susanne
A Shine of Rainbows (2009) Maire
The Good Wife (2009)  Ramona Lytton (1 episode, 2014)
CQC - Custe o Que Custar (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Battle in Seattle (2007) Jean
Aftenshowet (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Situation (2006) Anna Molyneux
The Ice Harvest (2005) Renata Crest
The Great Raid (2005) Margaret Utinsky
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Return to Sender (2004) Charlotte Cory
Brothers (2004) Sarah
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Basic (2003) Osborne
The Hunted (2003) Abby Durrell
Demonlover (2002) Diane de Monx
One Hour Photo (2002) Nina Yorkin
aHA! (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Piger med power (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Go' aften Danmark (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Gladiator (2000) Lucilla
Mission to Mars (2000) Terri Fisher
Innocents (2000) Megan Denright
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Detective Dani Beck / ... (6 episodes, 2006)
Soldier (1998) Sandra
Rushmore (1998) Mrs. Calloway
Permanent Midnight (1998) Dagmar
The Devil's Advocate (1997) Christabella Andreoli
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Go' morgen Danmark (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Gomorron (1992)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Vacanze di Natale '91 (1991) Brunilde / Vanessa
How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave (1984) Eva (as Connie Nielson)
Terra Infirma (0)

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