Connie Nielsen, originally from Denmark, became a major star after playing the wife of Roman gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell Crowe) in the 2000 movie Gladiator.
She also made a notable impression in the Robin Williams movie One Hour Photo, playing the wife and mother of a family Williams' photo-processor character is fanatically obsessed with.
Ms. Nielsen had broken in to cinema through roles in a few European movies, but it was her role in the 1997 Al Pacino/Keanu Reeves move The Devil's Advocate that led to her international breakthrough. Having turned fifty in July 2015, she remains active today.
Fun fact: She dated Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich for four years beginning in 2004.