Nina Arianda

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Nina Arianda
Arianda as Rebecca Cantu in Billions in 2019
Nina Arianda Matijcio

(1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 39)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
EducationNew School (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active2009–present

Nina Arianda Matijcio (born September 18, 1984)[1] is an American actress. She won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Vanda Jordan in Venus in Fur, and she was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for portraying Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. She stars in Amazon Studios legal series Goliath and starred in the biographical film Stan & Ollie (2018) as Stan Laurel's wife Ida.

Early life and education[edit]

Arianda was born on September 18, 1984, in Manhattan, New York.[2] Her parents were born in Germany to Ukrainian families.[3][4] She grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, and Heidelberg, Germany.[2] She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and a Master of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in 2009.[5]


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 Jourdain in the comedy-drama play Venus in Fur in 2010. The play then transferred to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in early November 2011, and her performance received critical acclaim.[6][7][8][9]

She starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Tales From Red Vienna in 2014. She has appeared in several films including Win Win, Tower Heist, Midnight in Paris, Rob the Mob, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. She was cast in January 2015 for Hannibal season 3 as Molly, the wife of Will Graham (played by her former Broadway co-star Hugh Dancy).[10]

Arianda starred in Fool for Love at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2014 with Sam Rockwell, directed by Daniel Aukin.[11] Arianda and Rockwell reprised their roles on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in 2015.[12] Arianda played Agnes Stark in the film Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) and appeared in the film Stan & Ollie (2018) as Ida Kitaeva, the wife of comedian Stan Laurel.

Arianda co-starred in all four seasons of the series Goliath from 2016 to 2021, as well as in the fourth season of Billions.[13]

In 2019, she appeared with Sam Rockwell in the Clint Eastwood film Richard Jewell.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Win Win Shelly
2011 Higher Ground Wendy Walker
2011 Midnight in Paris Carol Bates
2011 Tower Heist Miss Iovenko
2013 Lucky Them Dana
2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Alexis
2014 Rob the Mob Rosemarie Uva
2014 The Humbling Sybil Van Buren
2016 Florence Foster Jenkins Agnes Stark
2017 Never Here Margeret Lockwood
2018 Stan & Ollie Ida Kitaeva Laurel
2019 Richard Jewell Nadya
2021 Being the Ricardos Vivian Vance
2023 The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart Mantilla Voice[14]
TBA Providence TBA
TBA The Adventures of Drunky Fancy Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Good Wife Gretchen Battista Episode: "Get a Room"
2012 30 Rock Pizzarina 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
2016–21 Goliath Patty Solis-Papagian 24 episodes
2019 Billions Rebecca Cantu 10 episodes
2023 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Hedy 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Venus in Fur Vanda Jourdain Classic Stage Company, Off-Broadway
2011 Born Yesterday Emma "Billie" Dawn Cort Theatre, Broadway
2011–12 Venus in Fur Vanda Jourdain Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
2014 Tales from Red Vienna Heléna Altman Manhattan Theatre Club, Off-Broadway
2015 Fool for Love May Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2010 Theatre World Award Venus in Fur Won
Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Won
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Won
2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play[15] Born Yesterday Nominated
Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play[16] Won
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play[17] Nominated
2012 Venus in Fur Won


  1. ^ Lahr, John (November 7, 2011). "The Natural". The New Yorker. Vol. LXXXVII, no. 35. Condé Nast. pp. 31–37.
  2. ^ a b Blank, Matthew (June 7, 2011). "Born Yesterday Tony Nominee Nina Arianda". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Goldman, Andrew (February 17, 2012). "Nina Arianda Is Fueling Fantasies". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "The Natural". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tisch alumni nominations at the 2011 Tony Awards". Tisch at New York University. Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam (May 1, 2012). "2012 Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Once Earns 11 Nominations". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Healy, Patrick (February 7, 2010). "Back From the Depths, Rebuilding a Career". The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Isherwood, Charles (January 28, 2010). "One Object of Desire, Delivered". The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  9. ^ Haun, Harry (January 31, 2010). "Nina Arianda: A Star Is Born". Playbill. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  10. ^ "Nina Arianda cast for third season of "Hannibal"". TVLine. January 20, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  11. ^ Hetrick, Adam (July 24, 2014). "Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Heat Up Williamstown's Fool for Love, Opening Tonight". Playbill.
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew (September 15, 2015). "Fool for Love, Starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, Steams Up Broadway Tonight". Playbill.
  13. ^ "Nina Arianda | Actress". IMDb. Retrieved November 25, 2023.
  14. ^ "Breaking News - Venture Bros. Fans Rejoice with All-New Original Film "The Venture Bros.: Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart" |".
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 29, 2011). "56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations". Playbill. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011.
  16. ^ ""War Horse", "The Kid", Benanti, Gad Among Outer Critics Circle Winners!". Broadway World. May 16, 2011.
  17. ^ Lang, Brent (June 10, 2012). "Tony Awards: Nina Arianda Wins Best Actress in a Play for "Venus in Fur"". TheWrap. Retrieved June 11, 2012.

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