Connie Nielsen was born in Denmark, lives on both coasts in the US, and is the proud mother of four sons. She is committed to serving the environment and alleviating poverty around the world, and is a firm supporter of immediate and urgent action to counter Global Warming.
Connie co-founded Human Needs Project in June 2010, with David Warner, the CEO of Redhorse Constructors, using sustainable technology to provide clean water and empowerment services to residents of Kibera, a slum in Kenya after filming “Lost in Africa” there. Human Needs Project is a scalable model providing an infrastructure of opportunity and urgently needed services for the one billion + urban population living in informal settlements around the world. The HNP financially self-sustainable model offers opportunity to develop independent skill sets for people in need of transition into formal economies, and has successfully built a pilot project in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi while educating and organizing the stakeholders on the ground. Dedicated to a holistic approach to the issues of sanitation and poverty, Connie believes that complex problems require complex solutions, and looks to the local stakeholders for partnership when searching for the best solutions.
Connie continues her work in film alongside her full time commitment to Human Needs Project and her scholarship program for children in slums, Road To Freedom Scholarships, which serves 18 children ranging in ages from 2-28 years, providing elite education, nutrition, medical, and a wide reaching program which favors championing pride in the children's local culture and maintaining remaining family ties.
Connie was the keynote speaker at major conferences including the Gates Foundation Sanitation Summit 2013 and Opportunity International 2012.
Her achievements in the arts range across leads in films such as the Academy Award winning Gladiator, the critically acclaimed Brothers, One Hour Photo, and Demon Lover, as well as in the television series Boss, and The Following. She is the recipient of the Best Actress Awards of San Sebastian Film Festival, the Best Actress Award at the Bodil Awards, the Best Actress Award at the Zulu Awards, and Best Actress Award at the Empire Awards. Connie also received numerous nominations for awards including the European Film Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.