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Jennifer Esposito Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a waitress and as an exercise instructor while pursuing an acting career
  • Studied at the Actors Studio in New York
  • Appeared as a dancer on Club MTV
  • Says she turned down a recurring role on The Sopranos because it would have required her to appear in sex scenes
  • Was originally cast as the second-oldest sister in Related
  • After shooting the pilot, however, the show was reworked to make her character the oldest sibling
  • Revealed in 2011 that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease; she subsequently opened a gluten-free bakery in New York and released a book, Jennifer's Way, in 2014 about her struggles with the disease


  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner