Connie Nielsen
Connie Nielsen as Dani Beck in the hit show, Law and Order: SVU

Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen (born July 3, 1965) is a Danish actress


Nielsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and raised in a small seaside village named Elling near Frederikshavn in Denmark.

She began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene. At 18, she travelled 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 il Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Milan. She lived in Italy for many years, before moving to The United States, where she still resides.


Her feature film debut was the French film, Par où t'es rentré? On t'a pas vu sortir in 1984, followed by a role in the Italian mini-series Colleti Bianchi in 1988. She appeared in the 1991 Italian Vacanze di Natale '91 and the French film Le Paradis Absolument in 1993.

She moved to The United States in the early 1990s 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 led to roles in films as Permanent Midnight (1998), Rushmore (1998) and Soldier (1998).

In 2000 she became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Ridley Scott's internationally acclaimed Academy Award-winning epic Gladiator, where she starred opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.

She has since then appeared in some notable American films, including Mission to Mars (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), The Hunted (2003) and Basic (2003). She also starred in the acclaimed French thriller Demonlover (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas.

In 2004 she made her Danish film debut in the drama, Brødre (aka Brothers).

As of November 2006, Nielsen has appeared in several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a detective. She filled in for Mariska Hargitay who was on maternity leave at the time of filming.


*Nielsen has a son named Sebastian, born in 1990, with whom she lives in Tiburon, California. She is currently dating Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich.

  • She speaks six languages: Danish, English, French, German, Italian and Swedish.
  • Her favourite band is The Clash and she is a big fan of Danish film directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
  • She loves to collect designer sunglasses (her only luxury habit) — she owns around 200 pairs.
  • Her looks have been compared to those of Diane Lane and Saffron Burrows.


  • Par où t'es rentré? On t'a pas vu sortir (1984) - Eva
  • Colletti bianchi (1988) (mini) TV Series - Marilù
  • Vacanze di Natale '91 (1991) - Brunilde/Vanessa
  • Voyage (1993) (TV) - Ronnie Freeland
  • Paradis absolument, Le (1993) (TV) - Sarah
  • Devil's Advocate (1997) - Christabella Andreoli
  • Permanent Midnight (1998) - Dagmar
  • Rushmore (1998) - Mrs. Calloway
  • Soldier (1998) - Sandra
  • Dark Summer (1999) - Megan Denright
  • Mission to Mars (2000) - Terri Fisher
  • Gladiator (2000) - Lucilla
  • One Hour Photo (2002) - Nina Yorkin
  • Demonlover (2002) - Diane de Monx
  • The Hunted (2003) - Abby Durrell
  • Basic (2003) - Osborne
  • Brødre (2004) - Sarah
  • Return to Sender (2004) - Charlotte Cory
  • The Ice Harvest (2005) - Renata
  • The Great Raid (2005) - Margaret Utinsky
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