Alessandro Nivola

Highest Rated: 99% Selma (2014)
Lowest Rated: 22% The Eye (2008)
Birthday: Jun 28, 1972
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Often mistaken for British, Alessandro Nivola has established himself as one of the American actors most likely to assume a flawless English accent in his films. Nivola, whose combination of charismatic good looks, vowel-laden name, and work in a number of British films have both confused and delighted critics and viewers, is actually a product of the East Coast. The son of an Italian-born academic father and a Boston blue-blood mother, Nivola was born and raised in Boston. Taking an early interest in acting, he grew up attending drama camp in the summer and got an internship at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Waterford, Connecticut, where he began acting on the stage. His love of acting continued while he was a student at the Tony Philips Exeter Academy and Yale University; by the time he was a sophomore at Yale, he had landed an agent and was making regular trips to New York City for auditions.Nivola got his first professional jobs with the Yale Repertory Theatre and a Seattle-based company. He broke into films in 1997 with a small role in Inventing the Abbotts and the more substantial part of Nicolas Cage's psychotic genius brother in John Woo's Face/Off. He then crossed the ocean, and the accent barrier, to star in the British noir drama I Want You (1998), which cast him as an enigmatic man with a dark past, and in Patricia Rozema's saucy adaptation of Mansfield Park (1998). It was the latter film that gave Nivola his first significant dose of recognition and respect, with critics and viewers alike marveling at his portrayal of the dashing and morally dubious Henry Crawford, not to mention his seamless English accent. Nivola again worked with a largely British cast and crew the following year to make Kenneth Branagh's musical version of Love's Labour's Lost (2000), in which he played a king whose vow to forsake love for intellectual enlightenment becomes severely jeopardized by the arrival of a comely French princess (Alicia Silverstone) and her ladies in waiting. That same year, he returned to the other side of the Atlantic to portray a Backstreet Boys-type singer in Mike Figgis' Time Code 2000, an experimental feature filmed entirely in one take. In the years to come, Nivola would remain a consistent presence on screen, appearing in movies like Junebug, Grace is Gone, and The Eye, as well as on the TV series The Company.


Highest Rated Movies



95% The Art of Self-Defense Sensei 2019
84% Disobedience Rabbi Dovid Kuperman 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here Senator Williams 2018
No Score Yet The Red Sea Diving Resort Actor 2018
74% The Wizard of Lies Mark Madoff 2017
No Score Yet One Percent More Humid Gerald 2017
58% The Neon Demon Robert 2016
89% A Most Violent Year Peter Forente 2015
No Score Yet Day Out of Days Liam 2015
99% Selma John Doar 2014
23% Devil's Knot Terry Hobbs $0.2M 2014
92% American Hustle Anthony Amado $99.2M 2013
79% Ginger & Rosa Roland $1.1M 2013
No Score Yet Untitled Ice Cube/David O. Russell Project Anthony Amado 2013
55% Janie Jones Ethan 2011
62% Howl Luther Nichols $0.7M 2010
63% Coco Before Chanel Boy Capel $6M 2009
71% The Girl in the Park Chris 2008
No Score Yet $5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day) Flynn 2008
22% The Eye Dr. Paul Faulkner $31.5M 2008
62% Grace Is Gone John Phillips 2007
No Score Yet The Company Leo Kritzky 2007
No Score Yet Goal Actor 2007
39% Goal II: Living the Dream Gavin Harris 2007
25% The Darwin Awards Actor 2006
30% The Sisters Andrew Prior 2006
42% Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) Gavin Harris $4.3M 2005
87% Junebug George $2.5M 2005
42% Turning Green Bill the Bookie 2005
43% The Clearing Tim Hayes $5.6M 2004
No Score Yet Carolina Albert Morris 2004
68% Laurel Canyon Ian $3.6M 2003
50% Jurassic Park III Billy Brennan 2001
50% Love's Labour's Lost The King 2000
68% Timecode Joey Z 2000
77% Mansfield Park Henry Crawford 1999
43% Best Laid Plans Nick 1999
38% Reach the Rock Robin 1998
67% I Want You (Beloved) Martin 1998
92% Face/Off Pollux Troy 1997
31% Inventing the Abbotts Peter Vanlaningham 1997
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's 'The Ring' Noel 1996


89% Chimerica
Lee Berger
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2017
62% Doll & Em
Producer John
  • 2015
  • 2014