Nov. 16th, 1974
Fridley, Minnesota, USA
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Brooke Elliott is an American actress and singer. She has previously appeared in musical theatre, including the US tours of Beauty and the Beast and Wicked, and the Broadway productions of Taboo and The Pirate Queen. She is best known for her roles as big screen debut in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want and as Jane Bingum on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva.
Brooke was born in Fridley, Minnesota, to Robert, a city manager, and Kathleen Elliott, on November 16, 1974. Brooke has one sister, Jamie Alexander, and one brother, Adam Elliott. Her parents have said that she began to sing when she was three years old, and footage exists of her at that age singing You Light Up My Life. Her family moved on several occasions, first to Blaine, Minnesota, and then out of state to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois. The family settled in Riverview, Michigan, when Brooke was a junior in high school. She graduated from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in 1993; she appeared in high school productions while there, including in Richard III and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Brooke went on to Western Michigan University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance in 1998.
Elliott worked as a temp and a waitress, including working at a 1950s-themed restaurant where she had to dance on the tables every hour. She attended acting classes with acting coach Bob Krakower, and voice coaching from Jane Grace Kennedy.
- She graduated from Gabriel Richard High School in 1993, and sang 'Friends' by Michael W. Smith, at graduation.
- Graduated from the theater program at Western Michigan University in 1998.