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Daughter of a law professor at Northwestern University, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). She began acting in school plays at North Hollywood High, graduated from The Oakwood School and then continued her stage training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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 2019 Untitled Downton Abbey Project (filming)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
  A Name Without a Place (post-production)
Gretchen Lansing
 2018 The Chaperone
 2018/I The Commuter
Karen MacCauley
 2017/I The Wife
Elaine Mozell
 2016 Showing Roots
 2010-2015 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Christmas Special (2015) ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.8 (2015) ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.7 (2015) ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.6 (2015) ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.5 (2015) ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
 2015 Swung
 2015 Woman in Gold
Judge Florence Cooper
 2015 Unexpected
 2014 Text Santa 2014 (TV Movie)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
 2014 Civil War: The Untold Story (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 2012 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Mrs Thatcham
 2011 Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters (TV Movie)
Wallis Simpson (voice)
 2011 Angels Crest
 2010 Clash of the Titans
 2010 Kick-Ass
Mrs. Lizewski
 2009 10 Minute Tales (TV Series)
Ex Wife
- The Running of the Deer (2009) ... Ex Wife
 2008-2009 Freezing (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Elizabeth
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Elizabeth
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Elizabeth
 2008 Poirot (TV Series)
Dame Celia Westholme
- Appointment with Death (2008) ... Dame Celia Westholme
 2008 Inconceivable
Tallulah 'Tutu' Williams
 2007 A Room with a View (TV Movie)
Mrs. Honeychurch
 2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dr. Faith Sutton
- Harm (2007) ... Dr. Faith Sutton
 2007 Daphne (TV Movie)
Ellen Doubleday
 2006 Three Moons Over Milford (TV Series)
Laura Davis
- Goodnight Moon (2006) ... Laura Davis
- Confessions of a Dangerous Moon (2006) ... Laura Davis
- Wrestlemoonia (2006) ... Laura Davis
- Dog Day Aftermoon (2006) ... Laura Davis
- Moon Giver (2006) ... Laura Davis
 2006 The Truth
 2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire (TV Series)
Helen Shaw
- Unaired Pilot (2003) ... Helen Shaw
- The Song of Poland (2003) ... Helen Shaw
- Little Girl Lost (2003) ... Helen Shaw
- Sleeping Lions (2003) ... Helen Shaw
- Tough Love (2003) ... Helen Shaw
 2003 Thursday the 12th (TV Movie)
Candice Hopper
 2001 Buffalo Soldiers
Mrs. Berman
 2001 Hawk (TV Movie)
Susie Hawkins
 2001 Table 12 (TV Series)
- Preserves (2001) ... Mel
 2001 The Flamingo Rising (TV Movie)
Edna Lee
 2000 The House of Mirth
Mrs. Carry Fisher
 2000 Manila
 1999 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Series)
Lady Marguerite Blakeney
- A King's Ransom/The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King (1999) ... Lady Marguerite Blakeney
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999) ... Lady Marguerite Blakeney
 1998 Twice Upon a Yesterday
 1998 The Misadventures of Margaret
Till Turner
 1997 Clover (TV Movie)
Sara Kate
 1997 The Wings of the Dove
 1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Movie)
Celia Rayburn
 1996 Broken Glass (TV Movie)
Margaret Hyman
 1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Laura Kendall
- Horror in the Night (1996) ... Laura Kendall
 1996 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Judge Loring
- Vanity (1996) ... Judge Loring (uncredited)
 1995 If Not for You (TV Series)
Jessie Kent
- Who Are You? (1995) ... Jessie Kent
- Rise and Shine (1995) ... Jessie Kent
- The Day the Halo Came Off (1995) ... Jessie Kent
- Snap! (1995) ... Jessie Kent
- The Kiss (1995) ... Jessie Kent
 1995 Broken Trust (TV Movie)
Janice Dillon
 1995 Wings of Courage
 1994 The Favor
Emily Embrey
 1992-1993 Performance (TV Series)
Beatrice-Joanna / Helen Schwartz
- The Changeling (1993) ... Beatrice-Joanna
- Tales from Hollywood (1992) ... Helen Schwartz
 1993 Me and Veronica
 1993 King of the Hill
 1991 Ashenden (TV Mini-Series)
Aileen Somerville
- The Hairless Mexican (1991) ... Aileen Somerville
 1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (TV Movie)
 1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
Elena Quince
 1990 A Shock to the System
Stella Anderson
 1990 The Handmaid's Tale
 1989 Johnny Handsome
Donna McCarty
 1988 She's Having a Baby
Kristy Briggs
 1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV Movie documentary)
Me (voice)
 1987 The Bedroom Window
 1986 Native Son
Mary Dalton
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Snow White
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1984) ... Snow White
 1984 Racing with the Moon
Caddie Winger
 1983 Lovesick
Chloe Allen
 1981 Ragtime
Evelyn Nesbit
 1980 Last Year's Model (Short)
 1980 Ordinary People
 1979 California Fever (TV Mini-Series)
Lisa Bannister
- The Girl from Somewhere (1979) ... Lisa Bannister
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Other Works:

She acted in Donald Margulies' play, "Dinner with Friends," at the Hampstead Theatre in London, England with Rolf Saxon, Samantha Bond and Kevin Anderson in the cast. Simon Curtis was director. See more »

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1 Interview | 4 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Elizabeth Mcgovern


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Honestly, I am always shocked when I see myself in the mirror because I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 18 getting off the plane to go to Juilliard in New York. See more »


Her band "Sadie and the Hotheads" (formed 2007) opened for Sting at the Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland (July 16th, 2013). See more »

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