Annie Parisse

Anne Marie Cancelmi (born July 31, 1975), known professionally as Annie Parisse, is an American actress. She portrayed Alexandra Borgia on the drama series Law & Order. Parisse has also starred as Julia Snyder on the soap opera As the World Turns, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, and as FBI special agent Debra Parker on the thriller series The Following.

Annie Parisse
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Parisse in 2017
Anne Marie Cancelmi

(1975-07-31) July 31, 1975 (age 45)
Alma materFordham University
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Paul Sparks

Early lifeEdit

Parisse was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the daughter of Annette, a teacher, and Louis G. Cancelmi, a senior executive with Alaska Airlines.[1] Her father is of Italian descent on one side, and Slovak and Polish descent on the other. Her mother is of half-Italian and half-Lebanese-Syrian descent.[2] She has two brothers, Louis Cancelmi, also an actor, and Michael Cancelmi, an Italian teacher.[3] Louis is married to Elisabeth Waterston, a daughter of Law & Order veteran Sam Waterston.[4]

Parisse grew up in Mercer Island, Washington,[1] and attended Mercer Island High School.[1][5]

Parisse moved to New York City when she was 18 to attend Fordham University where she majored in theater, and appeared in numerous productions, including Medea and Antigone, both of which featured her as the lead.[1]


Television and filmEdit

Parisse joined the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns as Julia Snyder from 1998 to 2001 and returned for a few episodes in 2002.[1] She was later nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2001.

Early in her career, 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 the episode "Attorney Client", where she testified against a defendant (a defense attorney) who plotted the murder of his wife.

In a 2002 supporting role, Parisse portrayed Jeannie Ashcroft in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. She 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 was a main cast member of Law & Order during seasons 15 and 16. She first appeared in season 12 as a stripper and prostitute, making her one of the few Law & Order cast members who had a solo appearance prior to securing a sustaining 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.

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. 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.[6] In 2016, Parisse appeared in the HBO series Vinyl as Andrea Zito, and in 2017, starred in the Netflix series Friends from College as Samantha "Sam" Delmonico.


Starting on March 8, 2007, Parisse starred in a revival of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss, with Alan Tudyk and John Mahoney. In 2008, Parisse reprised her work in an Off Broadway performance as the title role of Becky Shaw.[7] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Parisse is married to actor Paul Sparks. They have a son, Emmett (born 2009),[8] and a daughter, Lydia (born 2014). They reside in Manhattan, New York City, New York.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 On the Q.T. Wendy
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Jeannie Ashcroft
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 The Amazing Spider-Man Martha Connors Deleted scenes
2012 Price Check Sara Biltmore-Cozy
2012 One for the Money Mary Lou Stankovic
2013 Wallace Beatrice Short film
2014 Wild Canaries Eleanor
2014 And So It Goes Kate
2015 Anesthesia Rachel


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2003 As the World Turns Julia Snyder
2001 Big Apple Geena Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Third Watch Tammy Sizemore 2 episodes
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 Alexandra Borgia 33 episodes
2010 Fringe Teresa Rusk Episode: "Unearthed"
2010 The Pacific Sgt. Lena Basilone 2 episodes
2010 The Big C Daphne Episode: "There's No C in Team"
2010 Rubicon Andy 7 episodes
2011 Unforgettable Elaine Margulies 2 episodes
2011–2016 Person of Interest Kara Stanton 8 episodes
2013 The Following Debra Parker 14 episodes
2015 House of Cards Suzie Episode: "Chapter 38"
2016 Vinyl Andrea Zito 8 episodes
2017–2019 Friends from College Sam Delmonico Main role
2018 The Looming Tower Liz 4 episodes
2018 Paterno Mary Kay Paterno TV film
2018 The First Ellen Dawes (Matthew's widow)
2020 Mrs. America Midge Costanza 3 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "BA #219: Annie Parisse". the Box Angeles podcast. March 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Harry Cancelmi, state Parole Board retiree". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 5, 1982. p. 10. Retrieved April 3, 2020 – via Google News.
  3. ^ "The Island's rising stars". Mercer Island Reporter. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  4. ^ "'Please Be Normal': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  5. ^ "About the Actors | Annie Parisse | As The World Turns". Archived from the original on January 19, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 3, 2012). "Annie Parisse lands regular role on Kevin Bacon Fox drama 'The Following'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (November 11, 2008). "Playbill News: Annie Parisse to Head Cast of Second Stage's Becky Shaw". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
  8. ^ Simon, Lizzie (April 2, 2012). "Curtain Raisers: The Theater of Discomfort". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 15, 2013.

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