Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern

Jul. 18th, 1961
Born in
Evanston, Illinois, USA
5' 9

Elizabeth McGovern's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Downton Abbey (UK) TV Show
Downton Abbey (UK)
Three Moons Over Milford TV Show
Three Moons Over Milford
The Scarlet Pimpernel (UK) TV Show
The Scarlet Pimpernel (UK)
Freezing (UK) TV Show
Freezing (UK)
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. TV Show
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.
If Not for You TV Show
If Not for You

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Unexpected
2015 - Woman in Gold
2012 - Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
2010 - Kick-Ass
2010 - Clash of the Titans
2008 - Inconceivable
2001 - Buffalo Soldiers
2000 - The House of Mirth
1997 - The Wings of the Dove
1994 - The Favor
1993 - King of the Hill
1990 - Tune in Tomorrow...
1990 - A Shock to the System
1990 - The Handmaid's Tale
1989 - Johnny Handsome
1988 - She's Having a Baby
1987 - The Bedroom Window
1984 - Racing with the Moon
1984 - Once Upon a Time in America
1981 - Ragtime
1981 - Ordinary People

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Snow White
Laura Kendall
Herself - Guest
Aileen Somerville
Dame Celia Westholme
Lisa Bannister
Judge Loring
[Complete List]


Daughter of a law professor at Northwestern, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when he transferred to UCLA. 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 Francisco and the Juilliard School of Dramatic Art in New York. Following a pleasant screen debut in Robert Redford's Oscar-winning Ordinary People (1980), McGovern gave a great performance as 'Evelyn Nesbit' in Ragtime (1981) for which she earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She has continued performing on stage between film assignments rather than concentrate on being a film star.

  • As a young actress on the New York stage, McGovern was required in one play to pray over some candles that were set on a bed. Realizing that the bed had caught fire halfway through her monologue, McGovern kept talking while trying to pat out the flames. She thought she had the situation pretty well under control, when firefighters suddenly arrived onstage to clear the theater.
  • Sings and plays guitar in her own band "Sadie And The Hotheads".
  • Has a brother, Monty.
  • Dropped out of college when she was studying acting at Julliard in order to accept the ingenue role in _Ordinary People (1980)_ (qv).
  • Measurements: 34B-23-32 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Was engaged to 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv) after falling in love on the set of _Racing with the Moon (1984)_ (qv).
  • Her younger sister Cammie McGovern is a novelist, whose latest novel [2006] is "Eye Contact."
  • Has lived in West London (UK) since 1992.

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