Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen is a Danish actress.
Nielsen was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark. She was raised a Mormon and grew up in a village named Elling.
At 18, she traveled 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 in master classes with Lydia Styx, a teacher at Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Milan.
She is known for her roles in the English language films Gladiator, The Devil's Advocate, Basic, and The Ice Harvest. She currently stars as Meredith Kane on the Starz series Boss.
Nielsen's feature film debut was the Jerry Lewis French film Par Où T'es Rentré? On T'a Pas Vu Sortir in 1984, followed by a role in the Italian mini-series Colletti Bianchi in 1988
In 2000, Nielsen became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Ridley Scott's internationally acclaimed Academy Award–winning epic Gladiator, starring opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Since then, she has starred in American films including Mission to Mars (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), The Hunted (2003), and Basic (2003).
She was also nominated for Best Actress at the European Film Awards. In 2006, Nielsen appeared in several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Det. Dani Beck.
Reportedly, Nielsen has a son, Sebastian (born 2 June 1991), from a previous relationship. Since 2004, Nielsen has been dating Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. They have one son, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, (b. 21 May 2007) in San Francisco.
She speaks eight languages: Danish, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Swedish.