Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen


7/3/1965, Elling, Frederikshavn, Denmark

Birth Name

Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen


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Connie was born in Copenhagen, Denmark but she was 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. When she was 18, she travelled to Paris, France where she…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • Connie: (How she describes her character from Law and Order: SVU) She is a difficult woman. She has no private life… she puts her whole life onto her job. It's also a loner job in may ways and Dani's an obsessive person. She's been dumped from her unit because she's a little too good at what she does. So she's been dumped in SVU and has to work with Elliot.

    • Connie: (How she got involved in Law and Order: SVU) They called and they had this really cool character they wanted me to play. They were very persuasive about how they were going to develop [Dani]- it was an open-and=closed character. There's a development over the last couple of years like there's no border anymore between TV and movies. People go back and fourth all the time. It was like being a tourist, going in and seeing something I haven't done before. And also I thought about how many people go to see my small art movies, you know? If people will go and see one of those because they've seen me on TV, then great.

    • Connie: Often when you get a really good script, and you receive the new pages, you see that the entire thing has been dumbed down. Films in the 30s and 40s, that were huge blockbusters, were very sophisticated in their language, and the ideas they brought. There were no questions about whether the audience would get it or not. Today there is a certain fear, or horror, that the audience won't understand. They underestimate the audience very often. And that is because, when you look at the box-office to see that total braindead films make lots of money, then that's what the cash machine is telling you to do. In other words: More braindead, more money!

    • Connie: We have a certain warped sense of humor in Scandinavia, and that is what comes across in the choices in a lot of our movies.

    • Connie: (On The Hunted) "I trained with the FBI in Portland and I also had many conversations with female FBI agents in Los Angeles, as well. That was again something that also came in very handy for Basic (2003), because I'd learned already how to handle a gun and how to behave just physically when you're in a situation, a threat. That was very good to know. I didn't have to do that again".

    • Connie: I'm definitely more attracted to chaos than to order. The point is, I find the female roles out there very cliche. If we are limited to being only lovers or mothers, we are limiting ourselves.

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    Connie Nielsen has really become a a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "Gladiator."