Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

Date Of BirthJuly 31, 1975
Age48 years 8 months 24 days
Day of BirthThursday
Place Of BirthAnchorage, Alaska, United States
Zodiac SignLeo
Profession Actress
Full Name Anne Marie Cancelmi

Personal Information
Languages English , Italian
Star SignLeo
Nationality American
Ethnicities Caucasian , Italian American
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height170 CM
5 Feet 7 Inches
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Weight57 KG
126 lbs
Shoe Size9 (US)
Figure Measurements 34-26-35
Figure Type Hourglass
Bra Size 34C
Family Information
Father Louis G Cancelmi
Mother Annette Cancelmi
Son Emmett Sparks (born October 2009)
Brothers Michael Cancelmi (teacher)
Louis Cancelmi (actor)
Uncles Norbert A. Cancelmi (Paternal)
Harry J. Cancelmi (Paternal)
Grandfathers Harry A. Panzera (maternal)
Harry J. Cancelmi (Paternal)
Grandmothers Mary Smetana Cancelmi (Paternal)
Sadie Owens (maternal)
Sister In-Law Elisabeth Waterston (wife of Louis Cancelmi)
Great Grandfather Gaetano Cancelmi
Body Build Slim
Great-grandmother Anna Maria Parisse
Godfather Harry J. Cancelmi (her uncle; an attorney)
Education Qualifications
Education (High School) Mercer Island High School, Seattle
Alma MaterHolborne Center for the Performing Arts, London, England
Fordham University
Love, Romance, Marriage
Husband Paul Sparks (Actor; born October 16, 1971)
Career Information
Years Active 1999
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Social Networks, Web links
Twitter ProfileAnnie Parisse Twitter Profile
More Information
Net worth$10 Million


Annie Parisse is an American actress. She is popular for her role as Alexandra Borgia in the police & Legal Drama- Law & Order(2005–2006). Her role of Debra Parker in the TV drama The Following(2013) was notable as well.

Her recent works include playing Kate in Three Birthdays(2023), Stephanie in Eric Larue (2023), Maya in the Young Blood podcast series.


Annie Parisse was born on 31st July 1975 in Anchorage, Alaska, United States to Annette Cancelmi(Mother) a school teacher in Pennsylvania & Louis G Cancelmi(Father) an executive officer with an airline(Alaska Air)

She & her brothers were brought up in Mercer Island, Washington where her parents worked. She has two brothers, Louis Cancelmi - an actor(and married to Elisabeth Waterston) and Michael Cancelmi- a teacher who teaches Italian language.

Her mother has worked as a teacher at Saint Kilian Parish School in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as a first-grade teacher at Newport Heights Elementary. [4]

She took her stagename Annie Parisse from her great-grandmother Anna Maria Parisse, wife of her great-grandfather Gaetano Cancelmi. [4]

Her paternal grandfather Harry J. Cancelmi was a Pennsylvania Department of Justice Agent, and a State Parole Board Supervisor for the Western Pennsylvania District. [4]


  • Mercer Island High School: She studied at the MIHS, a public high school located in Mercer Island, Washington, she graduated in 1993 from the school.
  • Fordham University: She attended the Fordham University in New York City. She majored in theater and during her time at the college she appeared in multiple college productions such as the Greek tragedy Medea, the Athenian tragedy Antigone. She has also worked as a Teacher of Acting for the Camera at the Fordham University Theatre Program [4]
  • Youth Theatre Northwest: She attended the Youth Theatre Northwest located in Mercer Island, Washington State


Annie Parisse met actor Paul Sparks for the first time in 2005, they eventually got married after dating for some time in 2005, in October 2009 they had their first child Emmett Sparks(son), the couple welcomed a  daughter in 2014, named Lydia Sparks.

Annie Parisse with Husband Paul Sparks

Image: Annie Parisse with Husband Paul Sparks

Paul had a guest role in the TV series 'Law & Order' which features Annie. 


Annie started acting when she was in college, she would take part in college dramas and plays.

She made her debut on Big Screen with the movie On the Q.T.(1999) where she played a minor role of Wendy. She made her TV debut in the series As the World Turns(1999-2001). 

She has appeared in movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days(2003), National Treasure(2004), Monster-in-Law(2005), Prime(2005), Blackbird(2007), What Just Happened(2008), Definitely, Maybe(2008), Tickling Leo(2009), My Own Love Song(2010), The Tested(2010), Price Check(2012), One for the Money(2012), Wild Canaries(2014), And So It Goes(2014), Anesthesia(2015).

She has appeared in short movies like- Woman in Burka(2008), Bubble-Rama(2008), Wallace(2013)

She has had recurring roles in TV series like- Law & Order(2005–2006), Rubicon(2010), Person of Interest(2011–2016), The Following(2013), Vinyl(2016), Friends from College(2017–).


Interesting Facts

  • Annie is of Italian(50%), Polish(12.5%), Slovak(12.5%), Syrian(25%) descent. Her father is 50% Italian, 50% Slovak, while her mother is of 50% Italian and 50% Lebanese-Syrian ancestry. [4]
  • She played Hockey when she was in Alaska [2]
  • She was a shy girl in her childhood and youth. [2]
  • Annie's sister in-law Elisabeth Waterston is the daughter of her 'Law & Order' co-star Sam Waterston.
  • She was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for her role in As the World Turns(1999-2001)
  • She took her great grandmother's surname Parisse for her screen name.
  • She was nominated for Lucille Lortel Award(2009) for her performance in 'Becky Shaw'
  • She was nominated for Drama Desk Award(2007) for her performance in 'The Internationalist'
  • She has had a minor role (of exotic dancer who testified against a murderer in court) in Law & Order before taking the prominent role of Alexandra Borgia. She is one of the very few actors (Epatha Merkerson, Milena Govich, Jeremy Sisto and Jerry Orbach) that played a small role and then on to play recurring roles
  • Her scenes were deleted from the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
  • She participates in social activism online, she is pro-refugee, pro-equality, anti-racism, transgender rights activist.
  • She is disappointed with the political environment of the country.
  • She likes horror movies.
  • Her favorite Coffee- cortado.
  • She eats healthy food and drinks lot of water.
  • Her friends think of her as- Intelligent, Kind, Humorous, Talented.
  • She was listed in "Top 50 Female Celebrities" by People's Magazine




Year Movie Character Notes
  Other People's Bodies  Olivia   
2023 Three Birthdays Kate  
2023 Eric Larue Stephanie  
2021 Giving Birth to a Butterfly  Diana  
2020 Margo & Perry  Courtney  Short movie
2018 Paterno Mary Kay Paterno TV Movie
2015 Anesthesia  Rachel   
2014 And So It Goes  Kate   
2014 Wallace Beatrice Short 
2014 Wild Canaries  Eleanor   
2012 One for the Money   Mary Lou  
2012 Price Check   Sara Cozy  
2010 The Tested Lisa Varone  
2010 My Own Love Song  Nora   
2009 First Person Singular Mimi  
2009 Tickling Leo Delphina Adams  
2008 Bubble-Rama Darcy Short
2008 Definitely, Maybe Anne  
2008 Woman in Burka Annie Short 
2008 What Just Happened 'Fiercely' Actress  
2007 Blackbird Angie  
2005 Prime Katherine  
2005 Monster-in-Law Morgan  
2004 Beverly Hills S.U.V. Taylor Stevens TV Movie
2004 Pagans Elise Ashton  
2004 NYPD 2069 Gina Zal TV Movie
2004 National Treasure Agent Dawes  
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days   Jeannie   
2001 On the Q.T.  Wendy   



Year Series Character Notes
2022 Young Blood Maya Podcast Series
2020 Robot Chicken Carol/ Dinosaur Bidder (voice) 1 episode
2020 Mrs. America Midge Costanza  Mini Series; 3 episodes
2017–2019 Friends from College Sam Delmonico 16 episodes; also performed in the soundtrack "The Lady in Red"
2018 The First Ellen Dawes 4 episodes
2018 The Looming Tower Liz Mini Series; 8 episodes
2011–2016 Person of Interest Kara Stanton 8 episodes
2016 Vinyl Andrea Zito 8 episodes
2015 House of Cards Suzie  1 episode
2013 The Following Debra Parker 14 episodes
2011 Unforgettable Elaine Margulies 2 episodes
2010  Rubicon Andy 7 episodes
2010  The Big C  Daphne  1 episode
2010  The Pacific Sgt. Lena Basilone Mini Series; 2 episodes
2010  Fringe Teresa Rusk 1 episode
2002–2006 Law & Order ADA Alexandra Borgia/  Jasmine Blake 34 episodes
2004  Friends  Sarah  1 episode
1998–2002 As the World Turns Julia Lindsey Snyder 122 episodes
2002  Third Watch  Nurse Tammy Sizemore  2 episodes
2001  Big Apple  Geena 1 episode 1 episode



Year Play Character Notes
  As You Like It  


  Bodacious Flapdoodle    


  Leave It To Beaver Is Dead    
  Love's Labor Lost  


  Much Ado About Nothing    
  Standards of Beauty  


  Throwing Bones  



Greek Tragedy

  Antigone   Athenian Tragedy
1997 Misalliance  Misses Going/Marvel (Understudy) Location: Laura Pels Theatre 
2001 The Credeaux Canvas   Location: Playwrights Horizons
2002 Monster   Location: East 13th Street/CSC Theatre
2006 The Internationalist Sara Location: Vineyard Theatre
2007 Prelude to a Kiss  

Author: Craig Lucas

costars: Alan Tudyk, John Mahoney

2008 Becky Shaw Becky Shaw

Location: Second Stage Theatre

2010 Clybourne Park Betsy/ Lindsey Location: Playwrights Horizons
2011 Measure for Measure  Mariana

Location: New York Public Theater

Production: Shakespeare in the Park

2011 All's Well that Ends Well  Helena

Location: New York Public Theater

Production: Shakespeare in the Park

2016 Antlia Pneumatica Nina Playwrights Horizons/ Peter Jay Sharp Theater
2016 The Layover Shellie Second Stage Theatre
2018 Nassim   New York City Center/ Stage II
2019 Long Lost Molly New York City Center/ Stage I



  • It's always a little nerve-wracking to do a love scene.
  • One man's cult is another man's religion.
  • I'm a big fan of horror, personally.
  • One of my favorite classes was horror in theater and psychology.
  • When the right person touches the right button in someone, you can get them to do almost anything


Year Award Work Notes

Daytime Emmy Award

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series


As the World Turns  

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Actress in a Play



The Internationalist  

Lucille Lortel Award

Outstanding Lead Actress


Becky Shaw  



  1. Annie Parisse on wikipedia
  2. Box Angeles interview
  3. Annie Parisse info on Internet Off-broadway Database
  4. Annie Parisse Bio on imdb

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