Date Of Birth

July 1, 1971


Julianne Nicholson first started out as a model before officially pursuing a career as an actress. Most of Nicholson’s early acting credits came from films, beginning with the 1997 independent release Long Time Since, and followed by stints in Harvest, One True Thing, Curtain Call, The Love Letter and Dead Dog, among others. Her first television role came in 1999, when she appeared in the television adaptation of Stephen King’s Storm of the Century. On the other hand, her first television lead role was in the short-lived science fiction series The Others, which aired in 2000.

In 2001, Nicholson joined the cast of the hit series Ally McBeal, playing the role of Jenny Shaw in its last season. Upon the program’s conclusion, she resumed her film career, starring in releases such as Little Black Book, Kinsey, Seagull, Seeing Other People and Flannel Pajamas. She also played guest roles in the shows ER and Presidio Med.

Nicholson had two more recent regular roles on television. In 2006, she joined the cast of the legal drama Conviction, where she played nervous and inexperienced ADA Christina Finn. The series wasn’t a ratings success and was cancelled after one season. She then joined the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, taking over Annabella Sciora. She played the role of detective Megan Wheeler from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, she was cast as Esther Randolph on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. In 2013, she joined the cast of the Showtime series Masters of Sex.

Place of Birth

Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Julianne Nicholson



Fun Facts

-Julianne Nicholson’s favorite TV show is Arrested Development.

-Julianne Nicholson’s favorite movie is Living in Oblivion.

-Julianne Nicholson took a brief leave from Law and Order:CI at the end of the sixth season for her pregnancy. Her character’s reason for leaving was a trip to Europe.


-In 2003, Julianne Nicholson was nominated at the Chlotrudis Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Tully.

-In 2003, Julianne Nicholson was nominated at the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her role in Tully.

-In 2004, Julianne Nicholson won a Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Actress at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for her role in Seeing Other People.


Long Time Since – Vivian James / Phoebe James (1997)
One True Thing – College Student (1998)
Harvest – Lou Yates (1998)
Curtain Call – Sandra Hewson (1999)
The Love Letter – Jennifer McNeely (1999)
Storm of the Century TV miniseries – Cat Withers (1999)
Tully – Ella Smalley (2000)
Godass – Nancy (2000)
The Others TV series – Marian Kitt (2000)
Passion of Mind – Kim (2000)
Dead Dog – Charity (2000)
Hero – Young German Woman (2000)
Strike a Light – herself (2001)
Ally McBeal (1997) – Jenny Shaw (episodes 91-103) (2001-2002)
Speakeasy – Rebecca (2002)
I’m with Lucy – Jo (2002)
Presidio Med TV series – Dr. Jules Keating (2002)
Kinsey – Alice Martin (2004)
Seeing Other People – Alice (2004)
Little Black Book – Joyce (2004)
Her Name is Carla – Carla (2005)
Flannel Pajamas – Nicole (2005)
Two Weeks – Emily Bergman (2006)
Conviction – Christina Finn (2006)
Puccini for Beginners – Samantha (2006)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Det. Megan Wheeler (2006-2009)
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men- Sara Quinn (2008)
Shadows & Lies – Ann (2010)
Royal Pains – Jess Walsh (2011)
Boardwalk Empire (2011)
Masters of Sex (2013)


5′ 9″ (1.75 M)


-“I want a career. I don’t need one flashy role that’s going to make me a movie star.”

-“I don’t look at it as going in a certain direction. I respond to what I like. A lot of times that ends up being independent films.”

-“I just hated my hair. I just wanted to get rid of it. It actually happened before they called to see if I wanted to do this role [On Law and Order:Criminal Intent], and I’m glad. I think it’s a start to playing a new character.”