Nina Arianda

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Nina Arianda
Born Nina Arianda Matijcio
(1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 32)
New York, New York, U.S.
Alma mater The New School
Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress

Nina Arianda (born Nina Arianda Matijcio; September 18, 1984[1]) is an American film, stage and television actress. She won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 2012 for Venus in Fur. She was also 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 Bachelor 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 Molly, the wife of Will Graham (played by her former Broadway co-star Hugh Dancy) for the third season of Hannibal.[10]

Arianda starred in Fool for Love at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in July 2014, with Sam Rockwell and direction by Daniel Aukin.[11] Arianda and Rockwell are reprising their roles on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club production, with previews that began on September 15, 2015 and the official opening scheduled for October 8, 2015.[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

For her performance in Born Yesterday, Arianda was nominated for a Drama League, Drama Desk Award,[13] Outer Critics Circle Award, and Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.[14] She won (in a tie) the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.[15]

For her Off-Broadway appearance in Venus in Fur, Arianda received a 2010 Theatre World Award and a 2010 Clarence Derwent Award.[16] 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.[16] With its run on Broadway, she received her second Tony Award nomination, for Best Actress in a Play[17] and, on June 10, 2012, received her first Tony Award for her portrayal of Vanda in Venus in Fur.[18]



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
2016 Florence Foster Jenkins Agnes Stark
2016 You Were Never Here Margeret Lockwood Post-production
2017 Beatriz at Dinner Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Good Wife Gretchen Battista Episode: "Get a Room"
2012 30 Rock Pizzarina "Zarina" Sbarro Episode: "Stride of Pride"
2013 Hostages Lauren Episode: "Sister's Keeper"
2015 Hannibal Molly Graham 4 episodes
2015 Master of None Alice Episode: "Hot Ticket"
2016 Horace and Pete Maggie Episode #1.4
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Lorna Episode #1.5
2016 Goliath Patty Solis-Papagian


  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 June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nina Arianda Is Fueling Fantasies" by Andrew Goldman, The New York Times (February 17, 2012)
  4. ^ Tisch alumni nominations at the 2011 Tony Awards,; accessed July 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Healy, Patrick (February 7, 2010). "Back From the Depths, Rebuilding a Career",; accessed July 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Healy, Patrick (February 3, 2010). "Run Extended for 'Venus in Fur'", "Arts Beat – Culture at Large",; accessed August 15, 2010.
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (January 28, 2010). "One Object of Desire, Delivered",; accessed August 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Haun, Harry (January 31, 2010). "Nina Arianda: A Star Is Born",; accessed August 15, 2010.
  9. ^ Nina Arianda at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ Nina Arianda cast for third season of Hannibal,; accessed July 28, 2015.
  11. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Heat Up Williamstown's 'Fool for Love', Opening Tonight" Playbill, July 24, 2014
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. "'Fool for Love', Starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, Steams Up Broadway Tonight" Playbill, September 15, 2015
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew."56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations",, April 29, 2011.
  14. ^ Listing
  15. ^ "War Horse, The Kid, Benanti, Gad Among Outer Critics Circle Winners!",, May 16, 2011.
  16. ^ a b Nina Arianda at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  17. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Hetrick, Adam. 2012 "Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Once Earns 11 Nominations",, May 1, 2012.
  18. ^ Lang, Brent. "Tony Awards: Nina Arianda Wins Best Actress in a Play for Venus in Fur". The Wrap. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 

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