Nicole Ansari has been acting since she was 9 years old in her native Germany, where she had her first big break in the German Cop series Tatort alongside German star Goetz George, followed by guest- starring roles in other TV series like Polizeiruf and Kommissar Rex. After studying Drama and Dance in Hamburg she starred in two Independent Art house movies- "Franta", directed by Matthias Allary , an adaptation of the First World War novel and "Little King Eric" by Thomas Bahmann. She then left Germany to join the renowned Zuerich-based Repertory company Theater am Neumarkt. In Zuerich she starred in the Swiss/Iraki Filmmaker Samir's first feature Film, "Always and Forever", an adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre's "The Game is over." She also starred in the TV series Eurocops, directed by Markus Imboden. In Germany she also worked with director Thomas Jahn in the feature "Kai Raabe gegen die Vatikankiller." She then went to study further in New York and auditioned for Uta Hagen, with whom she studied for the following 2 years and also for the Actor's Studio with Susan Batson, where she got accepted as a working temporary Member. Back in Europe she was chosen out of thousands of Applicants in a grueling 3 months long Audition process to become a Member of the famed Theatre du Soleil in Paris under the director Ariane Mnouchkine and performed there and on tour for 2 1/2 years. In Paris she replaced French Film star Maria Schneider and collaborated with Corine Blue on the short Film "Quand Fred rit", alongside Valeria Bruni-Tedesci. After Paris she went to Vienna, where she played the "Muse of the four Arts" Alma Mahler on stage and in a TV Mini series for Arte, which was the start of collaborating with director Paulus Manker and writer Joshua Sobol. She subsequently performed many leads at the Public Theater (Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac; Irma in Irma la Douce; Romy Schneider in Romy, ich...Berenice in Berenice) and starred in the TV movie "Two women, a man and a baby", which raised the Issue of Same Sex marriage and as Desdemona in "Jago", a modern day adaptation of Othello. During that time she was also a regular on the German Cop TV series "SK Koelsch." After getting married to the Scottish actor Brian Cox and having two children with him she split her time between the US and the UK, where she kept working mostly in Television, in the UK in Phillip Saville's "The Biographer" and in the US most notably as a recurring character in the HBO Original series Deadwood. She also Co- starred in Scottish Punk- Rocker Richard Jobson's feature "a Woman in Winter." Nicole originated the part of Lenka, a Czech student of Philopsophy in Tom Stoppard's "Rock N' Roll" at the Royal court and in the West end in London and revived her role on Broadway at the Bernhard B. Jacobs Theater. Back in NY she also started producing Independent movies and has two feature Films -the Thriller "As good as dead" with Andy McDowell and the Comedy "Blumenthal" with Brian Cox, in which she also Co-stars -and a short Documentary about the Arts program in a Public school "Padim" (which she directed)-under her belt. She is a NY working actor and guest- starred as a Transsexual in the First Interactive TV show for current TV, "Bar Karma", which was produced by Sims creator Will Wright and producer Abi Hecht and in the last season of the longest running Soap "As the world turns" .She has recently worked with Steven Soderbergh in "Side effects" as well as Co-starred in the upcoming Indie "Maggie Black" and also guest-starred in the new NBC show "The Mysteries of Laura."
Born in: Germany