Julianne Nicholson

Julianne Nicholson

Active - 1989 - 2023  |   Born - Jul 1, 1971 in Medford, Massachusetts, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Crime, Thriller

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From the catwalk to the silver screen, model-turned-actress Julianne Nicholson has a way of turning heads. A freckled starlet whose fresh-faced beauty and boundless energy have no doubt served her well in juggling multiple projects in film and television, Nicholson first made a name for herself in a trio of independent dramas before achieving recognition among the masses with a role in the 1999 Stephen King miniseries Storm of the Century. Born and raised the oldest of four siblings living in Medford, MA, Nicholson dabbled in modeling following graduation from high school. Later studies at New York's Hunter College found the aspiring actress waiting tables in the Big Apple to support herself, though it didn't take long for Nicholson to throw caution to the wind and take up acting full time. Following her appearance in Storm of the Century Nicholson returned to features for a slew of supporting roles, and in 2000, she made her first foray into weekly television as a college student with the gift of second sight in The Others. Despite the series' short lifespan, Nicholson escaped relatively unscathed, resurfacing later the same year with an Independent Spirit Award-nominated role in the indie drama Tully. Back on the small screen Nicholson offered a breath of fresh air to Ally McBeal when she joined the cast of the popular series in 2001, with a brief leap back to the big screen in I'm With Lucy preceding a stint with a stethoscope on the 2002 medical drama Presidio Med. Cast opposite Jay Mohr as the bride-to-be in the 2004 feature Seeing Other People, Nicholson proved without a doubt that she had more than enough charm to carry the small comedy before moving on to a supporting role in the wide-release romantic comedy Little Black Book and getting meatier television roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Boardwalk Empire, and The Good Wife.

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  • Lived in a rustic home with an outhouse and no electricity while growing up.
  • Started modeling in high school.
  • Appeared on an episode of Law & Order in 2001, before joining Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2006.
  • Won Best Actress at the 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO, for her performance in Seeing Other People.
  • Plays the recurring role of Assistant Attorney General Esther Randolph on Boardwalk Empire.