Jul. 3rd, 1965
Elling, Frederikshavn, Denmark
Connie Nielsen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Battle in Seattle
2005 - The Ice Harvest
2005 - The Great Raid
2004 - Brothers
2003 - The Hunted
2003 - Basic
2002 - One Hour Photo
2000 - Mission to Mars
2000 - Gladiator
2000 - Dark Summer
1998 - Permanent Midnight
1998 - Rushmore
1997 - The Devil's Advocate
Guest TV Roles
Detective Danielle 'Dani' Beck
Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. However, it was her portrayal of "Princess Lucilla", opposite Russell Crowe's Maximus in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Gladiator (2000), which first garnered a mass appeal. She most recently won Best Actress Awards from the Danish Academy Awards and from the San Sebastian Film Festival for her role in the Danish drama Brødre (2004) (aka Brothers), which has been picked up for distribution by Focus Features and IFC Films. Up next, she will soon be seen in the World War II epic The Great Raid (2005) opposite Benjamin Bratt (I), Joseph Fiennes and James Franco (I) for director John Dahl (I) and produced by Miramax; the dramatic thriller Return to Sender (2004) directed by Bille August, which premiered at The Toronto Film Festival in 2004; and the black comedy The Ice Harvest (2005) with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Randy Quaid, directed by Harold Ramis for Focus Features. In 2003, Nielsen starred as an industrial spy in a corporate war in the critically acclaimed suspense thriller Demonlover (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas and co-starring Chloë Sevigny and Gina Gershon. Her other lead roles range from The Hunted (2003) by director William Friedkin (I) (with Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro; to Basic (2003) by director John McTiernan (I) (opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson); to One Hour Photo (2002) where she starred opposite Robin Williams (I); to Mission to Mars (2000) opposite Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins (I) and Don Cheadle; to The Devil's Advocate (1997) starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. Additionally, Nielsen has received a Best Actress Award from the Empire Awards for her role in Gladiator (2000), and has given unforgettable performances as a German heroin junkie in Permanent Midnight (1998) opposite Ben Stiller and as an unmatronly Texas mother in Rushmore (1998) opposite Bill Murray (I). Other film credits include Dark Summer (2000) (aka The Innocents) opposite Jean-Hugues Anglade, Voyage (1993) (TV) with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts (I).
Born and raised in Denmark, Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene. At 18, she headed to Paris to continue her pursuit of acting, which led her to further work and study in Rome and Milan. In addition to being an accomplished actress, Nielsen is also a trained singer, dancer and is fluent in English, German, Danish, Swedish, French and Italian. She currently resides in New York.
- Son: Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, born May 21, 2007. Father is 'Metallica' (qv) drummer 'Lars Ulrich' (qv).
- One of her hobbies is collecting designer sunglasses. She owns around 200 pairs.
- Lived in Paris, Rome, Milan, South Africa and New York to pursue her acting career.
- When she turned 18, she traveled to Paris to pursue her acting career. She later also worked and studied in Rome, Milan, South Africa and New York.
- Girlfriend of drummer 'Lars Ulrich' (qv) of 'Metallica' (qv).
- Son: Sebastian born 2 June 1990
- Big fan of Danish directors 'Lars von Trier' (qv) and 'Thomas Vinterberg' (qv).
- Even though she was born in Denmark, her first Danish movie was not until _Brødre (2004)_ (qv), directed by 'Susanne Bier' (qv).