Connie Nielsen

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Connie Nielsen
BornConnie Inge-Lise Nielsen
(1965-07-03) 3 July 1965 (age 49)
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Years active1984–present
Partner(s)Lars Ulrich (2004–2012)
ChildrenBryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, (b. 2007)
Sebastian Sartor (b. 1990)
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Connie Nielsen
BornConnie Inge-Lise Nielsen
(1965-07-03) 3 July 1965 (age 49)
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Years active1984–present
Partner(s)Lars Ulrich (2004–2012)
ChildrenBryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, (b. 2007)
Sebastian Sartor (b. 1990)

Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen (born 3 July 1965) is a Danish actress whose first major role in an English language film was a supporting role in The Devil's Advocate (1997); Nielsen later gained international attention for her role in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000). Her films include Mission to Mars (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), Basic (2003), The Hunted (2003), The Ice Harvest (2005) and Nymphomaniac (2014). She starred as Meredith Kane on the Starz TV series Boss (2011–2012) and was a lead character in the second season of The Following.

Early life[edit]

Nielsen was born in Frederikshavn and grew up in the village of Elling,[1] Denmark. Her father, Bent Nielsen, was a bus driver, and her mother was an insurance clerk, who also acted and wrote musical reviews.[2][3][4] She was raised a Mormon.[5] 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 at Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Milan. She lived in Italy for many years, before moving to the United States, where she still resides.


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).[citation needed]

She moved to the United States in 1996[citation needed] 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 films Permanent Midnight (1998), Rushmore (1998), and Soldier (1998).[citation needed]

In 2000, Nielsen became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Scott's Academy Award–winning film 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), for which she had to cut off most of her hair. She also starred in the acclaimed French thriller Demonlover (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas. She played the Irish mother to an orphan in A Shine of Rainbows (2009).[citation needed]

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 Detective Dani Beck. She filled in for Mariska Hargitay, who was on maternity leave at the time of filming.[citation needed]

Alongside fellow actors such as Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell and Uma Thurman, Nielsen appeared in the 2014 Lars Von Trier film Nymphomaniac.[6] Nielsen was also featured in the series of promotional posters in the period leading up to the film's release and, in an article that described the poster campaign as "shocking", the Independent publication stated: "Connie Nielsen appears somewhat moist in this poster for Nymphomaniac".[7]

Personal life[edit]

From 2004 to 2012, Nielsen dated Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. They have one son together, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, (b. 21 May 2007 in San Francisco).[8] She has a son, hip-hop producer Sebastian Sartor (born 2 June 1990), from a previous relationship.

Nielsen speaks eight languages: Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish and a little Spanish.[9]



1984Par où t'es rentré ? On t'a pas vu sortirEvaas Connie Nielson
1991Vacanze di Natale '91Brunilde/Vanessa
1997The Devil's AdvocateChristabella Andreoli
1998Permanent MidnightDagmar
1998RushmoreMrs. Calloway
2000Dark SummerMegan Denright
2000Mission to MarsTerri Fisher
2002One Hour PhotoNina Yorkin
2002DemonloverDiane de Monx
2003The HuntedAbby Durrell
2004Return to SenderCharlotte Cory
2005The Great RaidMargaret Utinsky
2005The Ice HarvestRenata Crest
2006The SituationAnna Molyneux
2007Battle in SeattleJean
2009A Shine of RainbowsMaire
2011Perfect SenseJenny
2013NymphomaniacJoe's MotherPart 1 only
2013The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to EdenBaroness Von WagnerNarration/voice
20143 Days to KillChristine Renner
2014Return to ZeroDr. Claire Holden
2015The RunnerDeborah PricePost-production


1993VoyageRonnie FreelandTV movie
1994Le paradis absolumentSarahTV movie
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDetective Dani Beck6 episodes
2008Danny FrickeDanny FrickeTV movie
2011–12BossMeredith Rutledge Kane18 episodes
2014The FollowingLily Gray13 episodes
2014The Good WifeRamona Lytton


  1. ^ "Connie Nielsen". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Connie Nielsen Biography (1965–)". Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Susan (9 March 2003). "Double Danish / Connie Nielson (sic)". Newsday. p. D7. 
  4. ^ "Star Dentist Drilled for $20M". New York Post. 7 August 2004. p. 6. 
  5. ^ Cavagna, Carlo (December 2005). "Interview: Connie Nielsen". Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Scott Roxborough (27 August 2012). "Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen Join Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Liam O'Brien (10 October 2013). "Nymphomaniac orgasm posters: Uma Thurman, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf star in shocking film campaign". The Independent. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "METALLICA Drummer LARS ULRICH, Girlfriend CONNIE NIELSEN Expecting". 6 December 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2006. 
  9. ^ Vaughan, Brendan (1 March 2007). "A Woman We Love: Connie Nielsen". Esquire Magazine. 

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