Nicholson at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
July 1, 1971|
Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Jonathan Cake (m. 2004)
Julianne Nicholson (born July 1, 1971) is an American actress. She played Det. Megan Wheeler on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and also appeared in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex, as well as Ivy in the film adaptation of August: Osage County. In 2016, she starred in the short-lived USA series Eyewitness.
After graduating from Arlington Catholic High School, she modeled in New York for six months, quit for a year, then resumed her modeling career in Paris for another six months. After returning to New York, she attended Hunter College as a general studies major for two years. While in New York, Nicholson supported herself by waitressing and eventually left school to study acting and begin her professional career.
In her first feature film role, Nicholson starred opposite Michael Caine and James Spader in the Peter Yates film Curtain Call. Later she won what proved to be both her breakthrough and favorite role as a headstrong young feminist in Peter Chan's The Love Letter. She has worked with other international directors in films such Alain Berliner's Passion of Mind, and Nick Hurran's Little Black Book. Nicholson's domestic drama credits include William Vincent (Jay Anania), Staten Island (James DeMonaco), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (John Krasinski), Tully (Hilary Birmingham), Kinsey (Bill Condon), and August: Osage County (John Wells), for which the ensemble cast was nominated for several awards. Her domestic comedy credits include Seeing Other People (Wally Wolodarsky) and Puccini For Beginners (Maria Maggenti).
Among Nicholson's television credits are a supporting role in the television miniseries Storm of the Century and guest-starring roles in ER and Law & Order. She began to work with some of television's top producers. She was tapped by Steven Spielberg for the lead role in the paranormal drama The Others. In late 2001, Nicholson became one of the main cast members of the hit show produced by David E. Kelley, Ally McBeal, portraying the character "Jenny Shaw" for 13 episodes. She worked with John Wells on the medical drama Presidio Med and Steven Bochco on the HBO pilot Marriage. Julianne worked with Dick Wolf in his series on the short-lived NBC television drama, Conviction and in what is her best known role, as Megan Wheeler, in the sixth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Nicholson said her favorite Criminal Intent episode was "Weeping Willow", which she described as "really different from a lot of the ones we've done before and very exciting and current." As of the Criminal Intent episode "Major Case", Nicholson departed the series and was replaced by actress Kathryn Erbe.
In 2011, she guest-starred on Royal Pains as "Jess", one of Dr. Lawson's patients, suffering from panic attacks. She also appeared on Boardwalk Empire as the recurring character of U.S. Assistant Attorney General Esther Randolph that same year. In 2012, she guest-starred on The Good Wife as Callie Simko, an attorney who has an interest in Will Gardner.
Nicholson has been in a number of plays in New York. Her work in theater includes the following New York performances:
|Stranger||Craig Lucas||Mark Brokaw||The Vineyard Theater|
|Parlor Song||Jez Buttersworth||Neil Pepe||The Atlantic|
|This||Melissa James Gibson||Daniel Aukin||Playwrights Horizons|
|Parents Evening||Bathsheba Doran||Jim Simpson||The Flea|
|The Hallway Trilogy: Rose||Adam Rapp||Adam Rapp||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater|
|The Hallway Trilogy: Paraffin||Adam Rapp||Daniel Aukin||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater|
In 2004, she married British actor Jonathan Cake in Italy; they met playing a couple on an unaired HBO pilot called Marriage. They have two children. Their son Ignatius was born in September 2007 and she gave birth to daughter Phoebe Margaret on April 30, 2009.
|1998||Long Time Since||Phoebe|
|1998||One True Thing||College Student|
|1998||It All Came True||Sandra Hewson|
|1999||The Love Letter||Jennifer McNeely|
|2000||Hero||Young German Woman||Short film|
|2000||Passion of Mind||Kim|
|2000||Tully||Ella Smalley||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|2002||Strike a Light||Girl|
|2002||I'm with Lucy||Jo|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Alice||US Comedy Arts Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2004||Little Black Book||Joyce Moore|
|2005||Her Name Is Carla||Carla|
|2006||Flannel Pajamas||Nicole Reilly|
|2006||Puccini for Beginners||Samantha|
|2006||Two Weeks||Emily Bergman|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Sara Quinn|
|2009||Staten Island||Mary Halverson|
|2010||Shadows & Lies||Ann|
|2012||Keep the Lights On||Claire|
|2013||August: Osage County||Ivy Weston||Hollywood Film Festival for Ensemble of the Year|
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
|2015||Black Mass||Marianne Connolly|
|2016||Sophie and the Rising Sun||Sophie Willis|
|2017||I, Tonya||Diane Rawlinson|
|2017||Who We Are Now||Beth|
|1997||Nothing Sacred||Cara||Episode: "Parents and Children"|
|1998||Dellaventura||Carol Dakin||Episode: "David & Goliath"|
|1998||New York Undercover||Daisy||Episode: "Sign o' the Times"|
|1999||Storm of the Century||Kat Withers||TV miniseries|
|2000||The Others||Marian Kitt||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2001||Law & Order||Jessie Lucas||Episode: "All My Children"|
|2001–2002||Ally McBeal||Jenny Shaw||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2002||Presidio Med||Dr. Jules Keating||Main role|
|2004||ER||Jordan||Episodes: "Just a Touch", "Abby Normal"|
|2006||The Water Is Wide||Barbara||TV film|
|2006||Conviction||Christina Finn||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2006–2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Megan Wheeler||Main role (24 episodes Season 6-8)|
|2011||Royal Pains||Jess Walsh||Episode: "Fight or Flight"|
|2011–2013||Boardwalk Empire||Esther Randolph||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2012||The Good Wife||Callie Simko||Episodes: "Pants on Fire", "The Penalty Box"|
|2012||Covert Affairs||Anna Lise Pound||Episode: "The Last Thing You Should Do"|
|2013–2014||Masters of Sex||Dr. Lillian DePaul||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
|2014–2015||The Red Road||Jean Jensen||12 episodes|
|2016||Eyewitness||Sheriff Helen Torrance||Main role (10 episodes)|
|2017||Law & Order True Crime||Jill Lansing||Main role|
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- Ally McBeal Episode Guide, TV.com
- "The Reel Vincent D'Onofrio Entry Page". Thereelvincentdonofrio.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- "Exclusive interview: Julianne Nicholson, of Law & Order: Criminal Intent." BuddyTV, February 27, 2007. Retrieved on September 8, 2008.
- Julianne Nicholson Expecting Second Child Celebrity Baby Blog, December 18, 2008
- Broadway.com Staff (May 4, 2009). "Broadway Buzz: Jonathan Cake and Wife Julianne Nicholson Welcome Daughter". Broadway.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014.