Brigitte Nielsen

Brigitte Nielsen

Highest Rated: 83% Creed II (2018)

Lowest Rated: 18% Cobra (1986)

Birthday: Jul 15, 1963

Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

Statuesque actress Brigitte Nielsen enjoyed brief Hollywood stardom in the mid-1980s opposite her then-husband, Sylvester Stallone, in such films as "Rocky IV" (1987), but found more lasting fame as a unapologetic participant in numerous reality series, including "The Surreal Life" (The WB/VH1, 2003-2006). Born Gitte Nielsen in Rodovre, a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 15, 1963, she had a relatively normal childhood, marked by an interest in swimming and work at a local bakery. But at the age of 16, Nielsen decided to leave school to pursue a career in modeling. Her Scandinavian heritage and considerable height - she stood 6'1" - made her a striking representative for some of international fashion's most famous lines, including Versace and Armani. Producer Dino De Laurentiis invited her to audition for an action film he was producing, and in 1985, Nielsen made her acting debut in "Red Sonja," a fantasy film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film did modest business at the box office, but Nielsen drew more headlines for a relationship with Sylvester Stallone that culminated in marriage just 19 months after their first meeting. Nielsen would co-star with Stallone in two films - "Rocky IV" (1985), which cast her as the steely Soviet wife of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago, and "Cobra" (1985), with Nielsen as a model and love interest to Stallone's taciturn cop - and enjoyed a starring role with Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987). Her marriage to Stallone ended that same year amidst a storm of allegations, including infidelity on Nielsen's part; when the split was finalized, her film career went into rapid decline. She shifted her attention to a music career, and enjoyed Top 40 success in Germany and Austria with the Giorgio Moroder-penned single "Body Next to Body." Subsequent releases failed to repeat the success, and Nielsen soon divided her time between hosting duties on European talk and variety shows and low-budget American films, including "Chained Heat II" (1993), which capitalized on her waning celebrity and icy appeal. During this period, Nielsen was romantically linked to American football player Mark Gastineau, with whom she had a son in 1989, before marrying director/photographer Sebastian Copeland. That union, along with her third marriage to Raoul Meyer, ended in divorce, and she took up with Mattie Dessi before becoming linked to Public Enemy co-founder Flavor Flav. The couple co-starred in the third season of the reality series "The Surreal Life," and to the surprise of many, struck up a romantic, if volatile relationship. A subsequent series, "Strange Love" (VH1, 2005), documented the spectacular flameout of their relationship, after which Nielsen married Dessi in 2006. She returned to tabloid prominence the following year for a stint in treatment for alcohol dependency issues, which led to her participation in another VH1 reality series, "Celebrity Rehab" (2008-2012). Nielsen soon settled into steady work as a contestant on European competition series, including "Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus!" ("I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!" RTL Television, 2004- ), which she won in 2012. She also penned a best-selling autobiography, Gitte Nielsen - You Only Have One Life - This is How I Found Myself Again, in 2009, and in June 2018, drew headlines for giving birth to her fifth child at the age of 54.

Highest rated movies

Creed II
Beverly Hills Cop II Rocky IV
Red Sonja
Cobra

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ferro Self - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Experience Ezilda (Character) - 2019
83% 79% Creed II Ludmilla Drago (Character) $115.7M 2018
No Score Yet 17% Mercenaries Ulrika (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 53% Ronal the Barbarian amazondrottningen (Voice) - 2011
No Score Yet 89% The Hustle Rich Lady (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doomsdayer Elizabeth Gast (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostile Environment Minna (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Too Tall Veronica Lamar (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 28% Snowboard Academy Mimi (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Body Count Sybil (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 14% Galaxis Ladera (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Compelling Evidence Michelle Stone (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cave of the Golden Rose 4 Dark Witch (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 27% Chained Heat 2 Magda Kassar (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 13% The Double O Kid Rhonda (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 53% Mission of Justice Dr. Rachel K. Larkin (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 43% The Double 0 Kid Rhonda (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 16% 976-Evil II Agnes (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cave of the Golden Rose II Dark Witch (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bye Bye Baby Lisa (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder by Moonlight Maggie Bartok (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Domino Domino (Character) - 1989
47% 57% Beverly Hills Cop II Karla Fry (Character) $151.7M 1987
18% 42% Cobra Ingrid (Character) $47.5M 1986
19% 28% Red Sonja Red Sonja (Character) - 1985
40% 75% Rocky IV Ludmilla (Character) $125.4M 1985

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2019-2020
94% 80% Portlandia Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oprah: Where Are They Now? Guest 2014
96% 89% Raising Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Ludmilla Vobet Drago (archive footage) (Guest Voice),
Guest
2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew Self 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Central Roast Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Love Self 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Surreal Life Self 2004