Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

Birth name: Anne Marie Cancelmi
Born: July 31, 1975
Age: 48
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
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Anne Marie Cancelmi (born July 31, 1975), known as Annie Parisse, is an American television, film, and theater actress, known for playing Alexandra Borgia in the television drama series Law & Order, a role she played from 2005 until 2006 in 33 episodes. Parisse is also known for her role of Julia Lindsey Snyder on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns and portrayed FBI specialist Debra Parker in the first season of the television suspense thriller The Following. She took her stage name from her great-grandmother and namesake Anna Maria Parisse.


Personal life

Parisse was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the daughter of Louis G. Cancelmi and wife Annette, and grew up in Mercer Island, King County, Washington, where she attended Mercer Island High School. She has two brothers, Louis Cancelmi, also an actor, and Michael Cancelmi. She attended Fordham University, where she appeared in numerous productions, including Medea and Antigone, both of which featured her as the lead. Parisse's brother, Louis, was married to Elisabeth Waterston, the daughter of Law & Order veteran Sam Waterston, in October 2006.

She is married to actor Paul Sparks with whom she has one son (born in October 2009).


Parisse guest-starred on shows such as Big Apple, Third Watch, and Friends. She made a 2002 appearance on Law & Order, playing an exotic dancer in law school in the episode "Attorney Client" where she testified against another defendant (a defense attorney) who plotted the murder of his wife.

Before joining Law & Order, Parisse joined the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns as Julia Lindsey Snyder from 1998 to 2001 and returned for a few episodes in 2002. She was later nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2001.

In a 2002 supporting role, she portrayed Jeannie Ashcroft in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Parisse also had a minor role in the 2004 action movie National Treasure, playing the role of Agent Dawes, who was Agent Sadusky's assistant. For the 2005 film Monster-in-Law, she held a supporting role.

Parisse quit her role on Law & Order, making her final appearance in the May 17, 2006, season finale, in which her character is killed. Starting on March 8, 2007, Parisse starred in a revival of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss, with Alan Tudyk and John Mahoney.

Parisse reprised her work in an Off Broadway performance as the title role of Becky Shaw.

In the 2010 war drama, The Pacific, Parisse took on the role of Marine Sergeant Lena Riggi Basilone, wife of John Basilone, the revered United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant.

In the summer of 2011, Parisse appeared in the New York Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park productions of Measure for Measure and All's Well that Ends Well.

She had a recurring role on CBS' Person of Interest as Kara Stanton, the former partner of Jim Caviezel's character John Reese. In August 2012 Parisse was cast in a regular role on the Fox series The Following, premiering on January 21, 2013, as an FBI specialist. Parisse has been appearing in the HBO series Vinyl as Andrea Zito since February 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 On the Q.T. Wendy
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Jeannie
2004 Pagans Elise Ashton
2004 National Treasure Agent Dawes
2005 Monster-in-Law Morgan
2005 Prime Katherine
2007 Blackbird Angie
2008 What Just Happened 'Fiercely' Actress
2008 Woman in Burka Annie Short film
2008 Definitely, Maybe Anne
2008 Bubble-Rama Darcy Short film
2009 First Person Singular Mimi
2009 Tickling Leo Delphina Adams
2010 My Own Love Song Nora
2010 The Tested Lisa Varone
2012 Price Check Sara Biltmore-Cozy
2012 One for the Money Mary Lou
2013 Wallace Beatrice Short film
2014 Wild Canaries Eleanor


Year Title Role Notes
1998-2001, 2002 As the World Turns Julia Snyder TV series
2001 Big Apple Geena Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Third Watch Nurse Tammy Sizemore Episodes: "Old Dogs, New Tricks", "Cold Front"
2002 Law & Order Jasmine Blake Episode: "Attorney Client"
2004 Beverly Hills S.U.V. Taylor Stevens TV film
2004 Friends Sarah Episode: "The One with the Birth Mother"
2004 NYPD 2069 Gina Zal TV film
2005-2006 Law & Order A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia Main role (33 episodes)
2010 Fringe Teresa Rusk Episode: "Unearthed"
2010 Pacific, TheThe Pacific Sgt. Lena Basilone TV miniseries (Part 8 and 10)
2010 Big C, TheThe Big C Daphne Episode: "There's No C in Team"
2010 Rubicon Andy Recurring role (7 episodes)
2011 Unforgettable Elaine Margulies Episodes: "Heroes", "With Honor"
2011-2014 Person of Interest Kara Stanton Recurring role (8 episodes)
2013 Following, TheThe Following Debra Parker Main role (14 episodes)
2015 House of Cards Suzie Episode: "Chapter 38"
2016 Vinyl Andrea Zito Recurring role

Awards and nominations

  • 2001 - Nominated for a Daytime Emmy at the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for As the World Turns

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