Nike Arrighi

Nike Arrighi (born March 9, 1947) is a French visual artist and former actress, known for roles in several European horror and art house films in the 1960s and 1970s in addition to work in television. She was raised in the Vaucluse neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, her family having moved there because her father was the Italian consul. He died when she was young.[1]

Nike Arrighi
Born (1947-03-09) March 9, 1947 (age 73)
Other namesPrincess Niké Arrighi Borghese, Nikki Arrighi, Niké Arrighi
OccupationActress, Visual artist
Years active1966–1974 (as actress)
Known forThe Devil Rides Out, Day for Night, Women in Love

She began her professional career as a fashion model in Paris, then moved to London where she studied art at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After a ten-year career in film and television she retired in the early 1970s to return to art which she had studied as a young woman. Specializing in copperplate etching and oil painting,[2][3] in 1976, she won First Prize for Graphic Art at the Hong Kong Art Biennial.

In 1977 she married Prince Paolo Borghese. They lived in Hong Kong where he was an engineer before moving to Italy in 1984, where she still resides at Palazzo Borghese in Artena.[1] Her husband was deceased in 1999.[4] They had one daughter Flavia.

Her sister is Luciana Arrighi.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Many Happy Returns Gypsy Girl Episode: The Prisoner
1967 The Gentle Libertine Aimee / Mitsou
1968 Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River Portuguese Waitress
1968 The Devil Rides Out Tanith Carlisle (AKA The Devil's Bride)
1969 Women in Love Contessa
1971 Countess Dracula Gypsy Girl
1971 Bubù
1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday Party Guest #5
1971 A Season in Hell
1972 Trois milliards sans ascenseur Minouche
1973 Day for Night Odile, la maquilleuse
1973 The Last Train Monique Maroyeur
1974 The Perfume of the Lady in Black Orchidea
1974 Stavisky Edith Boréal (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c Cilento, Jeanne-Marie (September 22, 2014). "10 Question Column: Artist Princess Niké Arrighi Borghese". Design and Art Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ IMDB[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ TCM bio
  4. ^ Shetty, Deepika (October 1, 2014). "Glamour girl turned artist". Asia One Woman. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd . The Strait Times. Retrieved 12 May 2016.