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      Connie Nielsen

      Connie Nielsen

      Highest Rated: 93% Wonder Woman (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 3, 1965

      Birthplace: Elling, Frederikshavn, Denmark

      A talented actress whose formidable onscreen persona saw her specializing in cool, competent women, Connie Nielsen was more interested in honing her craft than in becoming a celebrity. The Danish actress received her start in French and Italian projects, but broke through internationally with a small role as Al Pacino's evil temptress sidekick in "The Devil's Advocate" (1997). She notched memorable supporting roles in "Rushmore" (1998), "Soldier" (1998) and "Mission to Mars" (2000) before landing the female lead of the Oscar-winning "Gladiator" (2000) opposite Russell Crowe. Her searing turn as the proud-but-powerless Lucilla, older sister of the corrupt emperor (Joaquin Phoenix) earned her raves, and she used her newfound fame to springboard into art house films with leading roles in the Robin Williams thriller "One Hour Photo" (2002) and the challenging "Demonlover" (2002). Nielsen won the Danish equivalent of the Oscar for her starring role in the drama "Brødre" ("Brothers") (2004), which was remade into an American film in 2009. Consistently cast as tough, powerful women, Nielsen memorably filled in during the maternity leave of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) star Mariska Hargitay and co-starred in political drama "Boss" (Starz 2011-12) and Kevin Bacon serial killer drama "The Following" (Fox 2013-15), while co-starring in films as varied as Lars von Trier's controversial "Nymphomaniac" (2013) and comic book blockbuster "Wonder Woman" (2017). Almost too talented a chameleon, Nielsen disappeared so completely into her characters that she never achieved widespread mainstream fame, but was universally hailed for the gravity she brought to every performance.

      Highest rated movies

      Wonder Woman Rushmore
      Brothers
      Sea Fever Nobody Origin
      One Hour Photo
      Gladiator

      Photos

      Connie Nielsen None A SHINE OF RAINBOWS, from left: Aidan Quinn, Connie Nielsen, 2009. Ph: Harry Kerr, Martha McCulloch/©Seville Pictures None THE SITUATION, Connie Nielsen, 2006. ©Shadow Distribution Inc. BASIC, Connie Nielsen, 2003, (c) Columbia THE ICE HARVEST, John Cusack, Connie Nielsen, 2005, (c) Focus Features The Following, Connie Nielsen, 'The Reaping', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/14/2014, ©FOX The Following, Connie Nielsen (L), Shawn Ashmore (R), 'The Reaping', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/14/2014, ©FOX The Following, Connie Nielsen, 'The Reaping', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/14/2014, ©FOX The Following, Connie Nielsen (L), Shawn Ashmore (R), 'The Reaping', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/14/2014, ©FOX MISSION TO MARS, Jerry O'Connell, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Connie Nielsen, 2000, (c) Walt Disney DEMONLOVER, Connie Nielsen, 2002, (c) Palm Pictures BASIC, John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, 2003, (c) Columbia BROTHERS, (aka BRODRE), Connie Nielsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, 2004 WONDER WOMAN, FROM LEFT, CENTER, GAL GADOT, CONNIE NIELSEN, 2017. PH: CLAY ENOS. ©WARNER BROS. The Following, Connie Nielsen, 'For Joe', Season 2, Ep. #2, 01/27/2014, ©FOX The Following, Kevin Bacon (L), Connie Nielsen (R), 'For Joe', Season 2, Ep. #2, 01/27/2014, ©FOX The Following, Connie Nielsen, 'For Joe', Season 2, Ep. #2, 01/27/2014, ©FOX The Following, Connie Nielsen, 'Fly Away', Season 2, Ep. #6, 02/24/2014, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gladiator 2 Lucilla (Character) - 2024
      83% 97% Origin Unknown (Character) $4.5M 2023
      27% 44% Role Play Gwen Carver (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ocean Deep Mara (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 11% A Week in Paradise Fiona (Character) - 2022
      84% 94% Nobody Becca Mansell (Character) $27.2M 2021
      72% 93% Zack Snyder's Justice League Queen Hippolyta (Character) - 2021
      58% 73% Wonder Woman 1984 Hippolyta (Character) $46.5M 2020
      23% 28% Inheritance Catherine (Character) - 2020
      73% 81% I'll Find You Lena (Character) - 2019
      87% 47% Sea Fever Freya (Character) - 2019
      0% 21% Stratton Sumner (Character) - 2017
      39% 67% Justice League Queen Hippolyta (Character) $227.0M 2017
      93% 83% Wonder Woman Hippolyta (Character) $412.8M 2017
      55% 33% The Confessions Claire Seth (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lion Woman Mrs Grjothornet (Character) - 2016
      40% 58% Ali & Nino Duchess Kipiani (Character) - 2016
      24% 23% The Runner Deborah Price (Character) - 2015
      10% 90% All Relative Maren (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 87% Return to Zero Dr. Claire Holden (Character) - 2014
      83% 62% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Baroness Eloise von Wagne (Voice) $247.2K 2014
      76% 69% Nymphomaniac: Volume I Joe's Mother (Character) - 2014
      28% 43% 3 Days to Kill Christine Renner (Character) $30.7M 2014
      57% 60% Perfect Sense Jenny (Character) $1.6K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost in Africa Susanne (Character) - 2010
      50% 70% A Shine of Rainbows Maire (Character) - 2009
      56% 64% Battle in Seattle Jean (Character) $223.5K 2007
      35% 58% The Situation Anna (Character) $48.1K 2006
      47% 43% The Ice Harvest Renata (Character) $8.8M 2005
      38% 70% The Great Raid Margaret Utinsky (Character) $10.2M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Verdades Ocultas Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 43% Return to Sender Charlotte Cory (Character) - 2004
      89% 85% Brothers Sarah (Character) $385.0K 2004
      21% 62% Basic Lt .Julia Osborne (Character) $26.5M 2003
      29% 46% The Hunted Abby Durrell (Character) $34.2M 2003
      53% 40% Demonlover Diane (Character) $231.8K 2002
      81% 65% One Hour Photo Nina Yorkin (Character) $31.6M 2002
      79% 87% Gladiator Lucilla (Character) $187.7M 2000
      24% 30% Mission to Mars Terri Fisher (Character) $60.9M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Summer Megan Denright (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 48% Soldier Sandra (Character) $14.6M 1998
      90% 91% Rushmore Mrs. Calloway (Character) $17.1M 1998
      15% 44% Soldier Unknown (Character) - 1998
      63% 80% The Devil's Advocate Christabella Andreoli (Character) $61.0M 1997
      No Score Yet 9% Voyage Ronnie Freeland (Character) - 1993

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dreamer - Becoming Karen Blixen Karen Blixen (Character),
      Writer
      2022
      67% 50% Close To Me Jo Harding (Character) 2021
      73% 70% I Am the Night Corinna Hodel (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 65% FBI Ellen Solberg (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017
      93% 90% The Good Wife Ramona Lytton (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      58% 66% The Following Lily Gray (Character) 2014
      81% 94% Boss Meredith Kane (Character) 2011-2012
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Danielle 'Dani' Beck (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003