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Alessandro Nivola



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% The Neon Demon
  • Robert
2016
89% A Most Violent Year
  • Peter Forente
2015
99% Selma
  • John Doar
2015
No Score Yet Day Out of Days
  • Liam
2015
24% Devil's Knot
  • Terry Hobbs
2014
93% American Hustle
  • Anthony Amado
2013
80% Ginger & Rosa
  • Roland
2013
No Score Yet Untitled Ice Cube/David O. Russell Project
  • Anthony Amado
2013
53% Janie Jones
  • Ethan
2011
62% Howl
  • Luther Nichols
2010
63% Coco Before Chanel
  • Boy Capel
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
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
44% Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
  • Gavin Harris
2005
86% Junebug
  • George
2005
42% Turning Green
  • Bill the Bookie
2005
43% The Clearing
  • Tim Hayes
2004
No Score Yet Carolina
  • Albert Morris
2004
68% Laurel Canyon
  • Ian
2003
50% Jurassic Park III
  • Billy Brennan
2001
50% Love's Labour's Lost
  • The King
2000
68% Timecode
  • Joey Z
2000
76% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
64% Doll & Em
2014-2015
  • Producer
  • John

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