(m. 1999; divorced)
Nichols was born in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Naperville, Illinois, with her mother (an American of Mexican ancestry), and her stepfather Randy. Her biological father is of Hungarian-Jewish descent. She is the oldest of three siblings, having two younger brothers.
In 1996, she appeared in episodes of Due South and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1997, she made her movie debut as Audrey Griswold in the film Vegas Vacation with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. She also had supporting roles in the films Scream 2, Friends 'Til the End, Can't Hardly Wait, Jane Austen's Mafia and The Sex Monster.
From 2000 to 2002, she starred in the Showtime drama series Resurrection Blvd.. In 2001, she played Bahraini Princess (Sheika) Meriam Al Khalifa in the made-for-TV movie The Princess and the Marine. In 2003, she made guest appearances on episodes of Friends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nip/Tuck and Charmed. Marisol's Charmed episode, "Chris-Crossed", was the show's highest-rated non-season-premiere episode. In 2006, she appeared in six episodes of Cold Case and starred in the film Big Momma's House 2.
She starred in the short-lived TV series Blind Justice in 2005 and In Justice, in 2006. In 2007, she starred in 24 as Special Agent Nadia Yassir. In 2008, she starred in the film Felon with Stephen Dorff.
She also was a guest star in an episode NCIS: Los Angeles in 2010, as Tracy Keller, former partner and potential romantic interest for Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell). Nichols' character appears in the sixth episode of Season 2. She also had a cameo in Kristin Chenoweth's music video for "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)". Nichols also portrayed "The Desert Wolf" on MTV's show Teen Wolf.
In 2017, Nichols began starring as Hermione Lodge, the mother of Veronica Lodge, in the teen drama series Riverdale, loosely based on the Archie comic book series. On February 23, 2020, Nichols announced that she would be leaving Riverdale ahead of its fifth season, making season four her last on the show. However, in June 2020, Nichols revealed that after having a talk with showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, she would be staying on for season five.
In November 1999, Nichols married Andrea Sorrentino, whom she met in Italy while filming the movie My Father's Shoes. They later divorced. In April 2008, she married director Taron Lexton. They have a daughter, born in September 2008. In November 2018, Nichols filed for divorce. In 2020, the divorce was final.
|1997||Vegas Vacation||Audrey Griswold|
|1997||Friends 'Til the End||Alison|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Groupie|
|1998||Jane Austen's Mafia||Carla|
|1999||The Sex Monster||Lucia|
|1999||Bowfinger||Young Actress at Audition|
|2000||The Princess & the Barrio Boy||Sirena Garcia|
|2001||The Princess and the Marine||Meriam Al Khalifa||Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress|
|2001||Laud Weiner||Laud's Assistant|
|2003||The Road Home||Stephanie|
|2004||Homeland Security||Agent Jane Fulbar|
|2006||Big Momma's House 2||Liliana Morales|
|2013||The Program (SSR-7)||Commander Montgomery||Short film|
|2016||Lost Girls||Romina||Short film|
|2018||Cucuy: The Boogeyman||Rebecca Martin|
|2021||Spiral: From the Book of Saw||Capt. Angie Garza|
|1996||My Guys||Angela||TV Pilot|
|1996||Due South||Melissa||Episode: "Some Like It Red"|
|1996||Beverly Hills, 90210||Wendy Stevens||Episode: "Ray of Hope"|
|1997||ER||Angie||Episode: "The Long Way Around"|
|1997||Diagnosis: Murder||Sally Tremont||Episode: "Malibu Fire"|
|1998||Cybill||Book Store Clerk||Episode: "Fine Is Not a Feeling"|
|1999||Odd Man Out||Lauren||Episode: "The First Girlfriend's Club"|
|1999||Boy Meets World||Kelly||Episodes: "The Honeymoon Is Over" and "Pickett Fences"|
|2000||Malcolm & Eddie||Kelly||Episode: "Swooped"|
|2000–02||Resurrection Blvd.||Victoria Santiago||53 episodes|
|2002||Alias||Rebecca Martinez||Episode: "Dead Drop"|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Sgt. Joanne Yarrow||Episode: "Hunted"|
|2003||The Division||Rochelle||Episode: "Murder.com"|
|2003||Friends||Olivia||Episode: "The One with Rachel's Dream"|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jane||Episode: "All for Our Country"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||A.D.A. Bettina Amador||Episode: "Mother"|
|2003||Nip/Tuck||Antonia Ramos||Episode: "Antonia Ramos"|
|2004||Cold Case||Elisa||6 episodes|
|2005||Blind Justice||Detective Karen Bettancourt||13 episodes|
|2006||In Justice||Sonya Quintano||12 episodes|
|2007||24||Nadia Yassir||24 episodes|
|2009||Life||Whitney 'Plum' Paxman||Episode: "Initiative 38"|
|2009||The Storm||Det. Devon Williams||miniseries|
|2010||The Gates||Sarah Monohan||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2010||NCIS: Los Angeles||Tracy Keller||Episode: "Stand-off"|
|2012||GCB||Heather Cruz||Main role (10 episodes)|
|2012||Private Practice||Lily Reilly||Episode: "The World According to Jake"|
|2014–15||NCIS||ATF Special Agent Zoe Keates||2 episodes|
|2015–16||Teen Wolf||The Desert Wolf||Recurring role|
|2015–16||Criminal Minds||Agent Natalie Colfax||2 episodes|
|2017–21||Riverdale||Hermione Apollonia Lodge (nee Gomez)||Main role (season 1-5); 63 episodes |
Special guest star (season 5); episode: "Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge"
|Apollonia Gomez||Special guest star (season 5); episode: "Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge"|
|2020||The Loud House||Principal Ramirez (voice)||2 episodes|
|2020||Holly & Ivy||Nina||TV film, main role|
|2011||Kristin Chenoweth||"I Want Somebody (Bitch About)"||Directed by Roman White|
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I've been married since Nov. 18 to Andrea Forrentino.
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- "'Riverdale': Marisol Nichols Confirms She's Returning As Hermione Lodge (Exclusive)". Yahoo!. June 11, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
- Calvario, Liz (November 7, 2018). "'Riverdale' Star Marisol Nichols Files For Divorce From Estranged Husband". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 9, 2018. Note: While Nichols in the Chicago Tribune (July 2, 2000) gives a marriage date of November 18, 1999, Entertainment Tonight gives marriage years of 1995 to 1998.
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- Staff (September 30, 2008). "Marisol Nichols Welcomes Daughter Rain India". People. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- Goldstein, Joelle (November 7, 2018). "Riverdale's Marisol Nichols Files for Divorce from Husband of 10 Years Taron Lexton". People. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
- "Marisol Nichols – Nadia Yassir". Fox Broadcasting. Archived from the original on March 22, 2007.
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- "Holly & Ivy". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved October 16, 2020.