Esposito in 2012
April 11, 1973 |
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Moore Catholic High School|
|Occupation||Actress, Author, Baker, Health Advocate, Businesswoman|
|Spouse(s)||Bradley Cooper (m. 2006; div. 2007)
Louis Dowler (m. 2014; div. 2016)
Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress, author, baker, and health advocate. Esposito is most known for her appearances in the films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, and Welcome to Collinwood, and the television series Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, and Blue Bloods among others. She currently stars in the CBS hit drama NCIS as Special Agent Alex Quinn.
Esposito was born in Brooklyn, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer. She is of Italian descent. She was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.
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 Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, the 2004 comedy Taxi, and the Academy Award-winning film Crash, in which she played Don Cheadle's girlfriend 'Ria'.
In 2010, Esposito joined the cast of the CBS drama Blue Bloods 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 panic attacks, depression, and celiac disease, and after collapsing on set, Esposito informed CBS that her conditions 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.
In 2014, she joined the NBC series Taxi Brooklyn. 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.
In 2015, Esposito signed a one-year deal to play the role of Calista Raines in the ABC drama series Mistresses, and it was reported that she was a cast member on the CBS pilot Taxi-22, opposite John Leguizamo. She played Dominic West's sister in the hit Showtime series The Affair for three episodes.
In 2016, it was announced Esposito would join the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn, an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center.
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. She said the hospitalization happened during the time she was an actress on the show Samantha Who?
In October 2011, Esposito announced that she had celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2012, she opened a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, celiac-friendly bakery, "Jennifer's Way", in Manhattan's East Village.
In May 2014, Esposito announced her engagement to British model Louis Dowler. They married on November 16, 2014 in New York City. It was reported in March 2016 that Esposito had filed for divorce from Dowler.
|1997||A Brother's Kiss||Lucy|
|1997||Kiss Me, Guido||Debbie|
|1997||A Brooklyn State of Mind||Donna Delgrosso|
|1998||No Looking Back||Teresa|
|1998||He Got Game||Ms. Janus|
|1998||Charlie Hoboken||Girl in church|
|1998||I Still Know What You Did Last Summer||Nancy|
|1999||Summer of Sam||Ruby|
|1999||Just One Time||Michelle|
|2001||Backflash||Olive Dee "Harley" Klintucker||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Proposal, TheThe Proposal||Susan Reese|
|2001||Don't Say a Word||Det. Sandra Cassidy|
|2001||Beyond the City Limits||Helena Toretti|
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Carmela|
|2002||Master of Disguise, TheThe Master of Disguise||Jennifer Baker|
|2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Rita Monroe|
|2004||Crash||Ria||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
|2004||Taxi||Lt. Marta Robbins|
|2006||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Frankie Vitello|
|2009||Four Single Fathers||Suzanne|
|2012||Bending the Rules||Olivia Garcia|
|2014||She's Funny That Way||Margie|
|TBA||You Get Me||Post-production|
|1995||City, TheThe City||Connie Soleito||Unknown episodes|
|1996||The Sunshine Boys||Jeannie||Television film|
|1996||Law & Order||Gina Tucci||Episode: "Good Girl"|
|1997||Feds||Flo||Episode: "Crash and Burn"|
|1997–99||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"|
|2004–05||Judging Amy||Louann "Crystal" Turner||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2005||Snow Wonder||Pilar||Television film|
|2005–06||Related||Ginnie Sorelli||Main role; 18 episodes|
|2006||Law & Order||Justine Bailey||Episode: "In Vino Veritas"|
|2007||Rescue Me||Nona||5 episodes|
|2007–09||Samantha Who?||Andrea Belladonna||Main role; 35 episodes|
|2010||The Wish List||Sarah||Television film|
|2010||Mercy||Jules Fattore||2 episodes|
|2010–12||Blue Bloods||Detective Jackie Curatola||Main role (seasons 1–3); 46 episodes|
|2011–12||The Looney Tunes Show||Tina Russo (voice)||5 episodes|
|2014||Taxi Brooklyn||Monica Pena||Main role; 12 episodes|
|2015||Mistresses||Calista Raines||Main role (season 3); 12 episodes|
|2015—16||The Affair||Nina Solloway||Supporting role (season 2-3)|
|2016–||NCIS||NCIS Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn||Main Role (Season 14 - )|
|2009||Broadroom, TheThe Broadroom||Roan||Main role; 4 episodes|
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She is also in the middle of divorcing her second husband and investor Dowler. She was previously married to actor Bradley Cooper and engaged two more times before she married Dowler in 2014.
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