Thursday, May 17, 2012

Connie Nielsen

Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen (born 3 July 1965) is a Danish actress. She is known for her roles in the English language films Gladiator,The Devil's AdvocateBasic, and The Ice Harvest. She currently stars as Meredith Kane on the Starz series Boss.


Nielsen's feature film debut was the Jerry Lewis French film Par Où T'es Rentré? On T'a Pas Vu Sortir in 1984, followed by a role in the Italian mini-series Colletti Bianchi in 1988. She appeared in the Italian film Vacanze di Natale '91 (1991) and the French film Le 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 in The Devil's Advocate, starring opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. This first minor breakthrough led to roles in the filmsPermanent Midnight (1998), Rushmore (1998), and Soldier (1998).
In 2000, Nielsen became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Ridley Scott's internationally acclaimed Academy Award–winning epic Gladiator, starring opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Since then, she has starred in American films including Mission to Mars (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), The Hunted (2003), and Basic (2003). She also starred in the acclaimed French thrillerDemonlover (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas. She becomes the Irish mom to an orphan in A Shine of Rainbows (2009).
In 2004, Nielsen made her Danish film debut in the drama, Brødre (also known as Brothers) 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 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Det. Dani Beck. She filled in for Mariska Hargitay who was on maternity leave at the time of filming. 


1984Par Où T'es Rentré? On T'a Pas Vu SortirEva
1991Vacanze di Natale '91Brunilde/Vanessa
1993VoyageRonnie FreelandTelevision movie
1994Le paradis absolumentSarahTelevision movie
1997The Devil's AdvocateChristabella Andreoli
1998Permanent MidnightDagmar
RushmoreMrs. Calloway
2000Dark SummerMegan Denright
Mission to MarsTerri Fisher
2002One Hour PhotoNina Yorkin
DemonloverDiane de Monx
2003The HuntedAbby Durrell
Return to SenderCharlotte Cory
2005The Great RaidMargaret Utinsky
The Ice HarvestRenata Crest
2006The SituationAnna Molyneux
2007Battle in SeattleJean
2008Danny FrickeDanny Fricke
2009A Shine of RainbowsMaire
2010Mellem linierneCora
Tonight at NoonLaura
2011Perfect Sense

Personal life

Nielsen has a son, Sebastian (born 2 June 1991), from a previous relationship. Since 2004, Nielsen has been dating Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. They have one son, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, (b. 21 May 2007) in San Francisco

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