Jennifer Esposito

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Jennifer Esposito
Jennifer Esposito Black and White Portrait.jpg
Born (1973-04-11) April 11, 1973 (age 47)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1995–present
(m. 2006; div. 2007)

Louis Dowler
(m. 2014; div. 2016)

Jesper Vesterstrøm
(m. 2020)

Jennifer Esposito is an American actress and author. She is known for her roles in the feature films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, Taxi, and Welcome to Collinwood. She has also appeared in several television series, most notably The Looney Tunes Show, Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, and Mistresses. From 2016 to 2017, she played Special Agent Alexandra Quinn on the CBS series NCIS. In 2019, her most recent movie was Mob Town, starring opposite David Arquette. She also plays CIA Deputy Director Susan Raynor in the Amazon series The Boys.

Early life[edit]

Esposito was born in New York City, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a music producer.[1] She is of Italian descent,[2] and was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.[3]


Esposito in 2008

Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as "Ruby" in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late 1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. Esposito's next films included Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, the 2004 comedy Taxi, and the Academy Award-winning film Crash, in which she played Don Cheadle's partner and romantic interest, Ria.

On May 21, 2004, for Dinner for Five season 3, episode 7, she joined Jon Favreau, Stephen Dorff, Luis Guzmán, and Barry Pepper.[4][5][6][7][8] Esposito has made television appearances on the series Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Mercy. She was a regular cast member on Related and Samantha Who?. Esposito joined the cast of the CBS drama Blue Bloods in 2010, playing the role of Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease, and after collapsing on set,[9] Esposito informed CBS that her condition would limit her availability to work on the series. Rather than work around her limited schedule, Blue Bloods producers chose to write her character out of the series in 2012.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

In 2013, she launched Jennifer's Way[16][17] Bakery, in Manhattan's West Village which only serves celiac-safe food.[18][19][20][21][22] In 2014, she joined the NBC series Taxi Brooklyn.[23] On April 22, 2014, Da Capo Lifelong Books published Esposito's first book Jennifer's Way, a detailed look into her personal struggle with celiac disease before and after she was diagnosed and the things she did to survive. The book made The New York Times Best Sellers list on July 6, 2014.[24][25][26] In 2015, Esposito played Calista Raines in the ABC drama series Mistresses,[27][28] and it was reported that she was a cast member on the CBS pilot Taxi-22, opposite John Leguizamo.[29][30] She played Dominic West's sister in the Showtime series The Affair for six episodes.[31][32][33]

In 2015, Esposito became the brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals, a gluten-free, GMO-free, and vegan body and skin care line available[34] in Rite Aid stores[35] across the United States.[36][37] In 2016, it was announced[38] Esposito would join the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn,[39] an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center.[40][41] NCIS leader, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), will lure Quinn back into the field as part of his team where he will take advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent. Upon joining the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alex Quinn, executive producer Gary Glasberg said, "We couldn't be happier to have Jennifer Esposito joining us for season 14. She embodies everything that we hoped for in the character of Quinn and we can't wait to have her come be a part of our team".[42] In June 2017, it was announced that this would be her only season.[43] Esposito appeared on the September 10, 2016, episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? where she said her doctor had her hospitalized in a psych ward.[44][45] She said the hospitalization happened during the time she was an actress on the show Samantha Who? [46]

In 2019, she joined the cast of The Boys, an Amazon Prime Exclusive.

Personal life[edit]

Esposito married actor Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006.[47] In May 2007, after five months of marriage, they filed for divorce, which was finalized that November.[48][49][50] In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.[51] The couple separated in August 2010.[52][53] In October 2011, Esposito announced that she had celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman.[12][14][54][55][56] In May 2014, Esposito announced her engagement to British model Louis Dowler.[57][58] They married on November 16, 2014 in New York City.[59][60] It was reported in March 2016 that Esposito had filed for divorce from Dowler.[61][62] In 2020, Esposito married Jesper Vesterstrøm.[63]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Brother's Kiss Lucy
Kiss Me, Guido Debbie
A Brooklyn State of Mind Donna Delgrosso
1998 No Looking Back Teresa
He Got Game Ms. Janus
Charlie Hoboken Girl in church
Side Streets Jessica
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nancy
1999 Summer of Sam Ruby
Just One Time Michelle
The Bachelor Daphne
2000 Dracula 2000 Solina
2001 Backflash Olive Dee "Harley" Klintucker Direct-to-video
The Proposal Susan Reese
Made Club girl Uncredited
Don't Say a Word Det. Sandra Cassidy
Beyond the City Limits Helena Toretti
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Carmela
The Master of Disguise Jennifer Baker
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Rita Monroe
Crash Ria Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Taxi Lt. Marta Robbins
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey Frankie Vitello
2008 Conspiracy Joanna
American Crude Carlos
2009 Four Single Fathers Suzanne
2011 Mamitas Miss Ruiz
2012 Bending the Rules Olivia Garcia
2014 She's Funny That Way Margie
2018 Speed Kills Kathy Aronoff
2019 Mary Detective Clarkson
Mob Town Natalie Passatino


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The City Connie Soleito Unknown episodes
1996 The Sunshine Boys Jeannie Television film
Law & Order Gina Tucci Episode: "Good Girl"
1997 Feds Flo Episode: "Crash and Burn"
1997–1999 Spin City Stacey Paterno Main role (seasons 2–3); 46 episodes
1998 New York Undercover Gina Stone 3 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sara Logan Episode: "Remorse"
2002 Hack Abby Episode: "Obsession"
2004–2005 Judging Amy Louann "Crystal" Turner 8 episodes
2005–2006 Related Ginnie Sorelli Main role; 18 episodes
2005 Snow Wonder Pilar Television film
2006 Law & Order Justine Bailey Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007 Rescue Me Nona 5 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Andrea Belladonna Main role; 35 episodes
2010 Mercy Jules Fattore 2 episodes
The Wish List Sarah Fisher [64] Television film
2010–2012 Blue Bloods Detective Jackie Curatola Main role (seasons 1–3); 46 episodes
2011–2012 The Looney Tunes Show Tina Russo (voice) 5 episodes
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Monica Pena Main role; 10 episodes
2015 Mistresses Calista Raines Main role (season 3); 12 episodes
2015–2017 The Affair Nina Solloway 6 episodes
2016–2017 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn Main role (season 14); 24 episodes
2018 Blindspot Lynette 2 episodes (season 3)
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sergeant Phoebe Baker VICE Episode "Brothel" (Season 20)
2019–2020 The Boys Susan Raynor Recurring (season 1)
Guest (season 2); 5 episodes
2020 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Brenda
2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sergeant Phoebe Baker VICE Episode "Sightless in a Savage Land" (Season 22)


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Broadroom Roan Main role; 4 episodes
2018 Liza on Demand Holly Episode: "Pilot"


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