Nina Arianda

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Nina Arianda
Born (1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 30)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma mater The New School
Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress

Nina Arianda (born September 18, 1984 as Nina Arianda Matijcio[1]) is an American theatre and film actress. She won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 2012 for Venus in Fur. She also was nominated for another Tony for her performance in Born Yesterday.

Early life and education[edit]

Arianda was born in Manhattan, New York,[2] to a Ukrainian family.[3] She grew up in Clifton, New Jersey and Heidelberg, Germany.[2] She received a Bachelors of Arts from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, the liberal arts college within The New School university, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in 2009.[4]


Arianda made her Broadway debut in April 2011 in the lead role of Billie Dawn in the Broadway production of Born Yesterday, with James Belushi and Robert Sean Leonard.

She appeared Off-Broadway as Vanda in the comedy-drama play Venus in Fur in 2010. The play then transferred to Broadway, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, in early November 2011, and she received dazzling reviews.[5][6][7][8]

In 2014, she starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Tales From Red Vienna.

She has appeared in several films, including Win Win, Tower Heist, Midnight in Paris, Rob the Mob and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.[9]

In January 2015, she was cast as Will Graham's wife Molly for the third season of Hannibal.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

For her performance in Born Yesterday, Arianda was nominated for a Drama League, Drama Desk Award,[11] Outer Critics Circle Award, and Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.[12] She won (in a tie) the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.[13]

For her off-Broadway appearance in Venus in Fur, Arianda received a 2010 Theatre World Award and a 2010 Clarence Derwent Award.[14] She also received nominations for a 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.[14] With its run on Broadway, Arianda received her second Tony Award nomination, for Best Actress in a Play[15] and, on June 10, 2012, received her first Tony Award for her portrayal of Vanda in Venus in Fur.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Win Win Shelly
2011 Higher Ground Wendy
2011 Midnight in Paris Carol
2011 Tower Heist Miss Iovenko
2013 Lucky Them Dana
2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Alexis
2014 Rob the Mob Rosie
2014 The Humbling Sybil
2015 You Were Never Here Margeret Lockwood Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Good Wife Gretchen Battista Episode: "Get a Room"
2012 30 Rock Zarina Episode: "Stride of Pride"
2013 Hostages Lauren Episode: "Sister's Keeper"
2015 Hannibal Molly Graham Recurring


  1. ^ Lahr, John (November 7, 2011). "The Natural". The New Yorker (Condé Nast). LXXXVII (35): 31–37. 
  2. ^ a b Blank, Matthew (June 7, 2011). "Born Yesterday Tony Nominee Nina Arianda". Playbill. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nina Arianda Is Fueling Fantasies" by Andrew Goldman, The New York Times (17 February 2012)
  4. ^ Tisch alumni nominations at the 2011 Tony Awards, Tisch School of the Arts
  5. ^ Healy, Patrick (February 7, 2010). "Back From the Depths, Rebuilding a Career". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Healy, Patrick (February 3, 2010). "Run Extended for Venus in Fur. "Arts Beat – Culture at Large" blog of The New York Times. Accessed August 15, 2010.
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (January 28, 2010). "One Object of Desire, Delivered". The New York Times. Accessed August 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Haun, Harry (January 31, 2010). "Nina Arianda: A Star Is Born". Playbill. Accessed August 15, 2010.
  9. ^ Nina Arianda at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew."56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations", Playbill, April 29, 2011
  12. ^ Listing
  13. ^ "War Horse, The Kid, Benanti, Gad Among Outer Critics Circle Winners!", May 16, 2011
  14. ^ a b Nina Arianda at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  15. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Hetrick, Adam. 2012 "Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Once Earns 11 Nominations". Playbill, May 1, 2012
  16. ^ Lang, Brent. "Tony Awards: Nina Arianda Wins Best Actress in a Play for Venus in Fur". The Wrap. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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