Julianne Nicholson

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Julianne Nicholson
Born(1971-07-01) July 1, 1971 (age 43)
Medford, Massachusetts,
United States
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Jonathan Cake (m. 2004)
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Julianne Nicholson
Born(1971-07-01) July 1, 1971 (age 43)
Medford, Massachusetts,
United States
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Jonathan Cake (m. 2004)

Julianne Nicholson (born July 1, 1971) is an American actress. She played Det. Megan Wheeler on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and more recently appeared in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex.

Early life[edit]

Nicholson was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts (outside Boston), the daughter of Kate (née Gilday) and James O. Nicholson, Jr.[1][2] She is the eldest of four siblings. After graduating from Arlington Catholic High School, she modeled in New York for six months, quit for a year, then resumed her modeling career in Paris for another six months. After returning to New York, she attended Hunter College as a general studies major for two years. While in New York, Nicholson supported herself by waitressing and eventually left school to study acting and begin her professional career.



In her first feature film role, Nicholson starred opposite Michael Caine and James Spader in the Peter Yates film Curtain Call. Later she won what proved to be both her breakthrough and favorite role as a headstrong young feminist in Peter Chan's The Love Letter. She has worked with other international directors in films such Alain Berliner's Passion of Mind, and Nick Hurran's Little Black Book. She has an uncredited role in Guy Ritchie's British gangster film Snatch as the booking agent with the shaved head. Nicholson's domestic drama credits include William Vincent (Jay Anania), Staten Island (James DeMonaco), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (John Krasinski), Tully (Hilary Birmingham), Kinsey (Bill Condon). Her domestic comedy credits include Seeing Other People (Wally Wolodarsky) and Puccini For Beginners (Maria Maggenti).


Among Nicholson's television credits are a supporting role in the television miniseries Storm of the Century and guest-starring roles in ER and Law & Order. She began to work with some of television's top producers. She was tapped by Steven Spielberg for the lead role in the paranormal drama The Others. In late 2001, Nicholson became one of the main cast members of the hit show produced by David E. Kelley, Ally McBeal, portraying the character "Jenny Shaw" for 13 episodes.[3] She worked with John Wells on the medical drama Presidio Med and Steven Bochco on the HBO pilot Marriage. Julianne worked with Dick Wolf in his series on the short-lived NBC television drama, Conviction and in what is her best known role, as Megan Wheeler, in the sixth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[4] Nicholson said her favorite Criminal Intent episode was "Weeping Willow", which she described as "really different from a lot of the ones we've done before and very exciting and current."[5] As of the Criminal Intent episode "Major Case", Nicholson departed the series and was replaced by actress Saffron Burrows.

In 2011, she guest-starred on Royal Pains as "Jess", one of Dr. Lawson's patients, suffering from panic attacks. She also appeared on Boardwalk Empire, as the recurring character of U.S. Assistant Attorney General Esther Randolph, that same year. In 2012, she guest-starred on The Good Wife as Callie Simko, an attorney that has an interest in Will Gardner.


Nicholson has been in a number of plays in New York. Her work in theater includes the following New York Performances:

StrangerCraig LucasMark BrokawThe Vineyard Theater
Parlor SongJez ButtersworthNeil PepeThe Atlantic
ThisMelissa James GibsoDaniel AukinPlaywrights Horizons
Parents EveningBathseba DoranJim SimpsonThe Flea
The Hallway Trilogy: RoseAdam RappAdam RappRattlestick Playwrights Theater
The Hallway Trilogy: ParaffinAdam RappDaniel AukinRattlestick Playwrights Theater

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, she married British actor Jonathan Cake in Italy; they met playing a couple on an unaired HBO pilot called Marriage. They have two children. Their son Ignatius was born in September 2007[6] and she gave birth to daughter Phoebe Margaret on April 30, 2009.[7]

One of Nicholson's favorite movies is Living in Oblivion, by director Tom DiCillo.[5]



1998HarvestLou Yates
1998Long Time SincePhoebe
1998One True ThingCollege Student
1998It All Came TrueSandra Hewson
1999Love Letter, TheThe Love LetterJennifer
2000HeroYoung German WomanShort film
2000Passion of MindKim
2000TullyElla SmalleyNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2000SnatchBookies AgentUncredited
2001Dead DogCharity
2002Strike a LightGirl
2002I'm with LucyJo
2004Seeing Other PeopleAliceUS Comedy Arts Festival Award for Best Actress
2004Little Black BookJoyce
2004KinseyAlice Martin
2005Her Name Is CarlaCarla
2006Flannel PajamasNicole Reilly
2006Puccini for BeginnersSamantha
2006Two WeeksEmily Bergman
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSara Quinn
2009Staten IslandMary Halverson
2010Shadows & LiesAnn
2012Keep the Lights OnClaire
2013August: Osage CountyIvy WestonHollywood Film Festival for Ensemble of the Year
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble


1997Nothing SacredCaraEpisode: "Parents and Children"
1998DellaventuraCarol DakinEpisode: "David & Goliath"
1998New York UndercoverDaisyEpisode: "Sign o' the Times"
1999Storm of the CenturyCat WithersTV miniseries
2000Others, TheThe OthersMarian KittMain role (13 episodes)
2001Law & OrderJessie LucasEpisode: "All My Children"
2001–02Ally McBealJenny ShawMain role (13 episodes)
2002Presidio MedDr. Jules KeatingMain role
2004ERJordanEpisodes: "Just a Touch", "Abby Normal"
2006Water Is Wide, TheThe Water Is WideBarbaraTV film
2006ConvictionChristina FinnMain role (13 episodes)
2006–09Law & Order: Criminal IntentDet. Megan WheelerMain role (24 episodes)
2011Royal PainsJess WalshEpisode: "Fight or Flight"
2011–12Boardwalk EmpireEsther RandolphRecurring role (10 episodes)
2012Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeCallie SimkoEpisodes: "Pants on Fire", "The Penalty Box"
2012Covert AffairsAnna Lise PoundEpisode: "The Last Thing You Should Do"
2013Masters of SexDr. Lillian DePaulRecurring Role (7 episodes)
2014The Red RoadJean Jensen


  1. ^ "Her big-screen breakout A Melrose native joins big names on the set of `The Love Letter,' a film produced on the North Shore by Steven Spielberg's movie company". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. September 27, 1998. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nicholson Lands `Ally Mcbeal' Role". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. December 23, 2001. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ally McBeal Episode Guide, TV.com
  4. ^ "The Reel Vincent D'Onofrio Entry Page". Thereelvincentdonofrio.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Exclusive interview: Julianne Nicholson, of Law & Order: Criminal Intent." BuddyTV, February 27, 2007. Retrieved on September 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Julianne Nicholson Expecting Second Child Celebrity Baby Blog, December 18, 2008
  7. ^ Broadway.com Staff (May 4, 2009). "Broadway Buzz: Jonathan Cake and Wife Julianne Nicholson Welcome Daughter". Broadway.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 

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