Dominique Swain

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Dominique Swain
BornDominique Swain
(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 34)
Malibu, California, United States
Years active1997–present
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Dominique Swain
BornDominique Swain
(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 34)
Malibu, California, United States
Years active1997–present

Dominique Swain (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as the title character in the 1997 film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, and as Jamie Archer in the film Face/Off.

Early life[edit]

Swain was born on August 12, 1980 in Malibu, California, the daughter of Cindy and David Swain, Sr., an electrical engineer.[1] She has two sisters, Chelsea (born 1982/1983) and Alexis (born 1978/1979), and a stepsister and -brother from her father's first marriage. Swain grew up in Malibu where she attended Malibu High School, and enjoyed playing sports, making art, and listening to music. Swain excelled at learning, earning straight A's and becoming Valedictorian like her sister before her. Her parents are separated.[2]


Swain started her career in Hollywood as a stunt double; she appeared under the ice as Macaulay Culkin's younger sister in Joseph Ruben's The Good Son (1993). In 1995, at the age of fourteen she was chosen out of 2,500 girls to play the title role in Adrian Lyne's controversial second screen adaptation of Lolita (1997 film) as Lolita Dolores "Lolita" Haze. She was 15 during filming and her performance was praised by critics. The same year she played the rebellious teen "Jamie Archer" in John Woo's Face/Off (1997).[3][4][5] She starred in the drama film Girl in which she plays a high-schooler who is determined to lose her virginity in 1998.[6] In 2009, Swain appeared in Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema which discussed the depiction of sex in film.[7] That same year, she was featured in the movie Noble Things, a movie about the country star Jimmy Wayne Collins, which also starred country musician Lee Ann Womack.[8] Swain also starred in the horror/slasher film Fall Down Dead as the main character, Christie Wallace.[9] She starred in Monte Hellman's romance thriller Road to Nowhere in 2010.[10] In 2011, Swain was featured in David Ren's action thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye.[11] She starred in the direct-to-video science fiction film Nazis at the Center of the Earth in 2012.[12] In 2013, Swain starred in Gregory Hatanaka's drama film Blue Dream as Gena Townsend.[13]

Currently, Swain is set to star in the independent action film Skin Traffik alongside Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen[14] and slasher film The 6th Friend.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Swain was in a relationship with Charlie Bambrook.[16]


In 2001, at the age of 21, she became the youngest person to pose nude for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" campaign.[17]



1997Face/OffJamie Archer
1997LolitaDolores 'Lolita' Haze
1998GirlAndrea Marr
2000InternJocelyn Bennett
2000Smokers, TheThe SmokersJefferson Roth
2001Happy CampersWendy
2001Mean People SuckKateShort film
2001TartCat Storm
2002PumpkinJeanine Kryszinsky
2002Dead in the WaterGloria
2002New Best FriendSidney Barrett
2003Plain DirtyInez Macbeth
2003As Virgins FallEllen Denver
2003Job, TheThe JobEmily Robin
2004Freediver, TheThe FreediverMaggie
2004Out of SeasonKelly Phillips
2005Locrian Mode, TheThe Locrian ModeJillShort film
2006Alpha DogSusan Hartunian
2006All InAce
2007Dead MaryKim
2007Pacific and Eddy, TheThe Pacific and EddyChelsea
2007White AirChristie
2007Fall Down DeadChristie WallaceAlso associate producer
2008BordersAshleyShort film
2008Prairie FeverAbigail
2008Noble ThingsAmber Wades
2009StuntmenMindy Danger
2010Road to NowhereNathalie Post
2012Private WarLCpl. Roberts
2012Girl from the Naked Eye, TheThe Girl from the Naked EyeAlissa
2012Nazis at the Center of the EarthDr.Paige Morgan
2013Blue DreamGena
2014Rock StorySammy Carlson
2014Fatal InstinctAly
2014The 6th FriendHeather
2014BoudoirColetteShort film
20146 Ways to SundownSteph GarciaCompleted
2014WidowsAmanda BrandtShort film, completed
2014Spreading DarknessFiona FunariCompleted
2014Sharkansas Women's Prison MassacreHoneyPost-production
2014The Lost GirlsLucyPost-production
2014HuntedAlexandra HayesPost-production
2014A Horse TrailSydneyPost-production
2015State of DesolationTinaPost-production
2015Boone: The Bounty HunterOliviaPost-production
2015The MourningThe Suited Woman
2015The PerformanceYoung MaggiePost-production
2015EmbersWoman in the Long DressPost-production
2016Skin TraffikAnna PeelCompleted
2016MagikCalysta (voice)Post-production, also writer


2004Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel, TheThe Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street BrothelMonicaTV movie
2005JAGLt. Eve Sorrens1 episode ("The Sixth Juror")
2006Ghost WhispererStacy Chase1 episode ("Friendly Neighborhood Ghost")
2006Punk'dHerself1 episode
2006Totally AwesomeLoriTV movie

Music videos[edit]

1998"Lullaby"Shawn Mullins

Awards and nominations[edit]

1998Saturn AwardsSaturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger ActressFace/OffNominated
1999Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressLolitaNominated
1999MTV Movie AwardsBest Kiss (with Jeremy Irons)LolitaNominated
1999Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie / Pilot / Mini-Series: Leading Young ActressLolitaWon
1999YoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV FilmLolitaNominated
2003DVD Exclusive AwardsBest ActressTartNominated
2007Silver Lake Film FestivalBest ActressThe Pacific and EddyWon
2013Downbeach Film FestivalLifesaver Achievement AwardN/AWon


  1. ^ "Dominique Swain Biography (1980-)". Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  2. ^ Gliatto, Tom (August 17, 1998). "Problem Child". People 50 (5): 57. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Kyle (August 18, 2009). "‘Lolita’ Invades America: Wake-Up Video". MTV. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Berardinelli, James (1998). "Review: Lolita (1997)". Reel Reviews. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ James, Caryn (July 31, 1998). "Movie Review: Lolita (1997) TELEVISION REVIEW; Revisiting a Dangerous Obsession". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (May 18, 2010). "Director of Obscure Dominique Swain Movie Refashions Himself as Tea Party Martyr". Movieline. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ MacIntyre, April (November 4, 2009). "Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema unzips on November 10". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lee Ann Womack Steps Off The Stage And Onto The Big Screen". March 10, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ ""FALL DOWN DEAD" Release News". Oh My Gore!. October 18, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Anderson, John (May 12, 2010). "Elder Statesman’s New Story". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Allen, Michael (July 11, 2011). "Action Thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye Serves Up Cold Revenge". 28 Days Later Analysis. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dominique Swain and Jake Busey Find Nazis at the Center of the Earth". Dread Central. December 1, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ Brown, Todd (February 2, 2013). "MAD COWGIRL Director Returns With BLUE DREAM". Twitch Film. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (August 13, 2013). "Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke to Star in ‘Skin Traffik’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Turek, Ryan (August 13, 2013). "Dominique Swain Tops Cast of the Slasher Film The 6th Friend". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Colman, David (September 27, 1998). "A NIGHT OUT WITH: Dominique Swain; The Age of Insouciance". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ Malkin, Marc S. (December 17, 2001). "December 17, 2001". New York. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

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