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      Elizabeth McGovern

      Elizabeth McGovern

      Highest Rated: 91% King of the Hill (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 22% Angels Crest (2011)

      Birthday: Jul 18, 1961

      Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

      A stage-trained actress with a vulnerable, vibrant screen presence, Elizabeth McGovern made her film debut as the sympathetic girlfriend to Timothy Hutton in the Oscar-winning "Ordinary People" (1980), and followed it up with an Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated turn as chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit in Milos Forman's "Ragtime" (1981). She was memorably paired with Robert De Niro in "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984) and Kevin Bacon in "She's Having a Baby," (1988), as well as impressed as a lesbian rebel in the dystopia-set "The Handmaid's Tale" (1990) and in the unusual romantic comedy "The Favor" (1994). She moved to Great Britain to marry English producer-director Simon Curtis in 1992 but returned to the States for work, appearing in Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Wings of Courage" (1995), various theatrical productions, and starring with Hank Azaria on her own sitcom, "If Not for You" (CBS, 1995). The actress took supporting roles in a string of highly acclaimed, literary-inspired projects, including the Oscar-nominated "The Wings of the Dove" (1997) and "The House of Mirth" (2000). She landed big screen roles as mothers to the heroes of "Kick-Ass" (2010) and "Clash of the Titans" (2010) but dazzled critics on the small screen with her masterful portrayal of the Countess of Grantham on the international smash "Dowtown Abbey" (ITV, 2010). A fascinating talent, Elizabeth McGovern brought a unique intelligence and beauty to her roles that only deepened and improved with age.

      Highest rated movies

      King of the Hill
      Ordinary People Downton Abbey: A New Era
      Once Upon a Time in America
      The Wings of the Dove
      Downton Abbey Ragtime
      The House of Mirth

      Photos

      ORDINARY PEOPLE, Elizabeth McGovern, 1980. (c) Paramount Pictures. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, Elizabeth McGovern, 1997, © Miramax RACING WITH THE MOON, Elizabeth McGovern (in picture), Sean Penn, 1984, (c)Paramount RAGTIME, Elizabeth McGovern, 1981, (c) Paramount NATIVE SON, Victor Love, Elizabeth McGovern, Matt Dillon, 1986, © Cinecom Pictures LOVESICK, Elizabeth McGovern, 1983, (c) Warner Brothers LOVESICK, Elizabeth McGovern, 1983, (c) Warner Brothers THE HANDMAID'S TALE, Elizabeth McGovern, 1990, (c) Cinecon International SHE'S HAVING A BABY, Elizabeth McGovern, Kevin Bacon, 1988 SHE'S HAVING A BABY, Elizabeth McGovern, Kevin Bacon, 1988 SHE'S HAVING A BABY, Elizabeth McGovern, 1988, (c)Paramount Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Elizabeth McGovern, 'Harm', Season 9, Ep. #5, 10/23/2007, ©NBC RACING WITH THE MOON, Elizabeth McGovern, 1984 FAVOR, Elizabeth McGovern, Ken Wahl, Brad Pitt, Harley Jane Kozak, Bill Pullman, 1994 RACING WITH THE MOON, Elizabeth McGovern, Sean Penn, 1984 RACING WITH THE MOON, Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, 1984, (c)Paramount THE BEDROOM WINDOW, Elizabeth McGovern, 1987, (c)De Laurentiis Entertainment Group RAGTIME, Elizabeth McGovern, 1981, (c) Paramount THE BEDROOM WINDOW, Brad Greenquist, Elizabeth McGovern, 1987, (c)De Laurentiis Entertainment Group RAGTIME, Elizabeth McGovern, 1981. (c) Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      87% 97% Downton Abbey: A New Era Cora Crawley (Character) $43.3M 2022
      84% 94% Downton Abbey Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (Character) $96.8M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Name Without a Place Gretchen Lansing (Character) - 2019
      47% 73% The Chaperone Norma (Character),
      Producer
      $599.6K 2018
      55% 40% The Commuter Karen MacCauley (Character) $36.3M 2018
      No Score Yet 40% Showing Roots Shirley (Character) - 2016
      33% 15% Swung Dolly Adams (Character) - 2015
      65% 44% Unexpected Carolyn (Character) - 2015
      57% 79% Woman in Gold Judge Florence Cooper (Character) $33.3M 2015
      37% 27% Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Mrs. Thatcham (Character) $1.9K 2012
      22% 38% Angels Crest Jane (Character) - 2011
      27% 40% Clash of the Titans Marmara (Character) $163.2M 2010
      No Score Yet 22% Inconceivable Tallulah "Tutu" Williams (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 46% Daphne Ellen Doubleday (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Truth Donna (Character) - 2006
      73% 72% Buffalo Soldiers Mrs. Berman (Character) $353.7K 2001
      No Score Yet 33% The Flamingo Rising Edna Lee (Character) - 2001
      82% 72% The House of Mirth Carry Fisher (Character) $3.0M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawkins Susie Hawkins (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thursday the 12th Candice Hopper (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scarlet Pimpernel Marguerite Blakeney (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King Marguerite Blakeney (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Mademoiselle Guillotine Marguerite Blakeney (Character) - 1999
      29% 53% Twice Upon a Yesterday Diane (Character) $258.5K 1998
      No Score Yet 33% The Misadventures of Margaret Till Turner (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clover Sara Kate (Character) - 1997
      85% 78% The Wings of the Dove Susan 'Susie' Stringham (Character) $13.7M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler Celia Rayburn (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broken Glass Margaret Hyman (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broken Trust Janice Dillon (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings of Courage Noelle Guillaumet (Character) $15.1M 1995
      27% 21% The Favor Emily Embrey (Character) $2.6M 1994
      91% 84% King of the Hill Lydia (Character) $879.6K 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Me and Veronica Fanny (Character) $2.0K 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales From Hollywood Helen Schwartz (Character) - 1992
      32% 43% The Handmaid's Tale Moira (Character) $1.2M 1990
      70% 62% A Shock to the System Stella Anderson (Character) $2.0M 1990
      50% 53% Tune in Tomorrow... Elena Quince (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 33% Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Vicki (Character) - 1990
      60% 47% Johnny Handsome Donna McCarty (Character) $6.6M 1989
      44% 51% She's Having a Baby Kristy Briggs (Character) $14.4M 1988
      72% 50% The Bedroom Window Denise (Character) $8.8M 1987
      50% 25% Native Son Mary Dalton (Character) $374.6K 1986
      87% 93% Once Upon a Time in America Deborah Gelly (Character) - 1984
      60% 61% Racing With the Moon Caddie Winger (Character) - 1984
      40% 36% Lovesick Chloe Allen (Character) - 1983
      84% 76% Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit (Character) - 1981
      89% 88% Ordinary People Jeannine Pratt (Character) - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      87% 93% Downton Abbey Cora (Character) 2010-2015 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 70% War of the Worlds Helen Brown (Character) 2019
      82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait Artist of the Year Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Million Dollar American Princesses Host 2015-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil War: The Untold Story Narrator 2014
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Faith Sutton (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Moons Over Milford Laura Davis (Character) 2006
      44% No Score Yet The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Helen Shaw (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scarlet Pimpernel Unknown (Character) 1999-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1996
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet If Not for You Jessie Kent (Character) 1995