Elizabeth McGovern


Date Of Birth

July 18, 1961


Elizabeth McGovern is an actress who is known for her roles in movies like Ordinary People, Clash of the Titans, Once Upon a Time in America and Ragtime, where she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. On small screen, she got exposed in the British television scene thanks to her roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Daphne, Freezing and Downton Abbey where she currently stats as Cora, Countess of Grantham.

McGovern also graced the theater scene in both London and New York. Some of her credits include productions of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Three Days of Rain, Dinner with Friends, The Scarlett Letter and Love Letters, just to name a few.

Aside from being an actress, McGovern is also a musician who sings, plays the guitar and writers her own songs.

Place of Birth

Evanston, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Elizabeth McGovern



Fun Facts

-She's been married to Simon Curtis since 1992 and has two children with him.

-She was previously engaged to Sean Penn.

-She has a band called "Sadie and the Hotheads" where she plays guitar and serves as vocalist.




2010 - present Downton Abbey (TV series)
2011 Angels Crest
2010 Clash of the Titans
2010 Kick-Ass
2009 10 Minute Tales (TV series short)
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV series)
2008 Inconceivable
2007-2008 Freezing (TV series)
2007 A Room with a View (TV movie)
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series)
2007 Daphne (TV movie)
2006 Three Moons Over Milford (TV series)
2006 The Truth
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire (TV series)
2003 Thursday the 12th (TV movie)
2001 Buffalo Soldiers
2001 Table 12 (TV series)
2001 Hawk (TV movie)
2001 The Flamingo Rising (TV movie)
2000 The House of Mirth
2000 Manila
1999 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV series)
1998 The Misadventures of Margaret
1998 Twice Upon a Yesterday
1997 Clover (TV movie)
1997 The Wings of the Dove
1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV movie)
1996 Broken Glass (TV movie)
1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV series)
1996 Tracey Takes On... (TV series)
1995 If Not for You (TV series)
1995 Broken Trust (TV movie)
1995 Wings of Courage (short)
1994 The Favor
1992-1993 Performance (TV series)
1993 Me and Veronica
1993 King of the Hill
1991 Ashenden (TV mini-series)
1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
1990 A Shock to the System
1990 The Handmaid's Tale
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (TV movie)
1989 Johnny Handsome
1988 She's Having a Baby
1987 The Bedroom Window
1986 Native Son
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV series)
1984 Racing with the Moon
1984 Once Upon a Time in America
1983 Lovesick
1981 Ragtime
1980 Last Year's Model (short)
1980 Ordinary People
1979 California Fever (TV series)




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On careers other than acting: "I probably would have become a veterinarian, or I might have lived on a ranch somewhere and raised horses, or I might have become more serious about painting, or I might have worked in a Burger King."

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