Nina Arianda

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 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 Kitaeva Laurel.

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

(1984-09-18) September 18, 1984
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
EducationNew School (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active2010–present

Early life and education

Arianda was born in Manhattan.[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 degree 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 2004, and 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-stars in the Amazon Studios legal series Goliath, first released in 2016, as well as in the third and fourth series of Billions.

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



Year Title Role Notes
2011Win WinShelly
2011Higher GroundWendy Walker
2011Midnight in ParisCarol Bates
2011Tower HeistMiss Iovenko
2013Lucky ThemDana
2013The Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyAlexis
2014Rob the MobRosemarie Uva
2014The HumblingSybil Van Buren
2016Florence Foster JenkinsAgnes Stark
2017Never HereMargeret Lockwood
2018Stan & OllieIda Kitaeva Laurel
2019Richard JewellNadya


Year Title Role Notes
2011The Good WifeGretchen BattistaEpisode: "Get a Room"
201230 RockPizzarina SbarroEpisode: "Stride of Pride"
2013HostagesLaurenEpisode: "Sister's Keeper"
2015HannibalMolly Graham4 episodes
2015Master of NoneAliceEpisode: "Hot Ticket"
2016Horace and PeteMaggieEpisode #1.4
2016Crisis in Six ScenesLornaEpisode #1.5
2016–presentGoliathPatty Solis-Papagian16 episodes
2019BillionsRebecca CantuFirst appeared in Episode "Arousal Template"


Year Title Role Notes
2010Venus in FurVanda JourdainClassic Stage Company, Off-Broadway
2011Born YesterdayEmma "Billie" DawnCort Theatre, Broadway
2011–12Venus in FurVanda JourdainLyceum Theatre, Broadway
2014Tales from Red ViennaHeléna AltmanManhattan Theatre Club, Off-Broadway
2015Fool for LoveMaySamuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway

Awards and nominations

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[13] Born Yesterday Nominated
Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play[14] Won
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play[15] Nominated
2012 Venus in Fur Won


  1. Lahr, John (November 7, 2011). "The Natural". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. LXXXVII (35): 31–37.
  2. 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 2019-03-08.
  5. "Tisch alumni nominations at the 2011 Tony Awards". Tisch at New York University. 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. 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. 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.
  14. ""War Horse", "The Kid", Benanti, Gad Among Outer Critics Circle Winners!". Broadway World. May 16, 2011.
  15. Lang, Brent. "Tony Awards: Nina Arianda Wins Best Actress in a Play for "Venus in Fur"". TheWrap. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
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