Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and author. She is known for her roles in the feature films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, and Welcome to Collinwood. Esposito has also appeared in several television series, most notably Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, and Mistresses. From 2016 to 2017, Esposito played Special Agent Alexandra Quinn on the CBS series NCIS.Esposito was born on April 11, 1973, in New York City, into a working class household, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a music producer. She is of Italian (Neapolitan) descent. She was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.
Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as "Ruby" in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late 1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. Esposito's next films included Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, the 2004 comedy Taxi, and the Academy Award-winning film Crash, in which she played Don Cheadle's girlfriend Ria.
On May 21, 2004, for Dinner for Five season 3, episode 7, she joined Jon Favreau, Stephen Dorff, Luis Guzmán, and Barry Pepper. Esposito has made television appearances on the series Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Mercy. She was a regular cast member on Related and Samantha Who?. Esposito joined the cast of the CBS drama Blue Bloods in 2010, playing the role of Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease, and after collapsing on set, Esposito informed CBS that her condition would limit her availability to work on the series. Rather than work around her limited schedule, Blue Bloods producers chose to write her character out of the series in 2012.
In 2013, she launched Jennifer's Way Bakery, in Manhattan's West Village which only serves celiac-safe food. In 2014, she joined the NBC series Taxi Brooklyn. On April 22, 2014, Da Capo Lifelong Books published Esposito's first book Jennifer's Way, a detailed look into her personal struggle with celiac disease before and after she was diagnosed and the things she did to survive. The book made The New York Times Best Sellers list on July 6, 2014. In 2015, Esposito signed a one-year deal to play the role of Calista Raines in the ABC drama series Mistresses, and it was reported that she was a cast member on the CBS pilot Taxi-22, opposite John Leguizamo. She played Dominic West's sister in the Showtime series The Affair for six episodes.
In 2015, Esposito became the brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals, a gluten-free, GMO-free, and vegan body and skin care line available in Rite Aid stores across the United States. In 2016, it was announced Esposito would join the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn, an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center. NCIS leader, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), will lure Quinn back into the field as part of his team where he will take advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent. Upon joining the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alex Quinn, executive producer Gary Glasberg said, "We couldn't be happier to have Jennifer Esposito joining us for season 14. She embodies everything that we hoped for in the character of Quinn and we can't wait to have her come be a part of our team". In June 2017 it was announced that this would be her only season. Esposito appeared on the September 10, 2016, episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? where she said her doctor had her hospitalized in a psych ward. She said the hospitalization happened during the time she was an actress on the show Samantha Who?
Esposito married American actor Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006. In May 2007, after five months of marriage, they filed for divorce, which was finalized that November. In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. The couple separated in August 2010. In October 2011, Esposito announced that she had celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman. In May 2014, Esposito announced her engagement to British model Louis Dowler. They married on November 16, 2014 in New York City. It was reported in March 2016 that Esposito had filed for divorce from Dowler.
|1997||A Brother's Kiss||Lucy|
|1997||Kiss Me, Guido||Debbie|
|1997||A Brooklyn State of Mind||Donna Delgrosso|
|1998||No Looking Back||Teresa|
|1998||He Got Game||Ms. Janus|
|1998||Charlie Hoboken||Girl in church|
|1998||I Still Know What You Did Last Summer||Nancy|
|1999||Summer of Sam||Ruby|
|1999||Just One Time||Michelle|
|2001||Backflash||Olive Dee "Harley" Klintucker||Direct-to-video|
|2001||The Proposal||Susan Reese|
|2001||Don't Say a Word||Det. Sandra Cassidy|
|2001||Beyond the City Limits||Helena Toretti|
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Carmela|
|2002||The Master of Disguise||Jennifer Baker|
|2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Rita Monroe|
|2004||Crash||Ria||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
Satellite Award for Best Cast - Motion Picture
|2004||Taxi||Lt. Marta Robbins|
|2006||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Frankie Vitello|
|2009||Four Single Fathers||Suzanne|
|2012||Bending the Rules||Olivia Garcia|
|2014||She's Funny That Way||Margie|
|1995||The City||Connie Soleito||Unknown episodes|
|1996||The Sunshine Boys||Jeannie||Television film|
|1996||Law & Order||Gina Tucci||Episode: "Good Girl"|
|1997||Feds||Flo||Episode: "Crash and Burn"|
|1997-1999||Spin City||Stacey Paterno||Main role (seasons 2-3); 46 episodes|
|1998||New York Undercover||Gina Stone||3 episodes|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sara Logan||Episode: "Remorse"|
|2004-2005||Judging Amy||Louann "Crystal" Turner||8 episodes|
|2005-2006||Related||Ginnie Sorelli||Main role; 18 episodes|
|2005||Snow Wonder||Pilar||Television film|
|2006||Law & Order||Justine Bailey||Episode: "In Vino Veritas"|
|2007||Rescue Me||Nona||5 episodes|
|2007-2009||Samantha Who?||Andrea Belladonna||Main role; 35 episodes|
|2010||Mercy||Jules Fattore||2 episodes|
|2010||The Wish List||Sarah Fisher ||Television film|
|2010-2012||Blue Bloods||Detective Jackie Curatola||Main role (seasons 1-3); 46 episodes|
|2011-2012||The Looney Tunes Show||Tina Russo (voice)||5 episodes|
|2014||Taxi Brooklyn||Monica Pena||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2015||Mistresses||Calista Raines||Main role (season 3); 12 episodes|
|2015-2017||The Affair||Nina Solloway||6 episodes|
|2016-2017||NCIS||NCIS Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn||Main role (season 14); 24 episodes|
|2018||Blindspot||Lynette||2 episodes (season 3)|
|2009||The Broadroom||Roan||Main role; 4 episodes|