Elizabeth Banks

Actress
Before she was a recognizable name, Elizabeth Banks was a familiar face in scene-stealing comic cameos and memorable dramatic roles opposite high-profile actors like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bridges and ... Read more »
Born: 02/10/1974 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

The Muppets 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Conan 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Every Secret Thing 2015 (Movie)

Nancy Porter (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Love & Mercy 2015 (Movie)

Melinda Ledbetter (Actor)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

Paris (Actor)

Modern Family 2009, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moonbeam City 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

The 2014 American Music Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 2015 (Movie)

Effie Trinket (Actor)

Every Secret Thing 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Phineas and Ferb 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Shotgun Wedding 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Shoe 2014 (Movie)

Mary Kay (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

Effie Trinket (Actor)

The Lego Movie 2014 (Movie)

Wyldstyle/Lucy (Voice)

The Trade 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Walk of Shame 2014 (Movie)

Meghan (Actor)

Little Accidents 2013 (Movie)

Diane Doyle (Actor)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

Effie Trinket (Actor)

30 Rock 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Man on a Ledge 2012 (Movie)

Lydia Mercer (Actor)

People Like Us 2012 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Pitch Perfect 2012 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Details 2012 (Movie)

Nealy Lang (Actor)

The Hunger Games 2012 (Movie)

Effie Trinket (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

What To Expect When You're Expecting 2012 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Our Idiot Brother 2011 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovely, Still 2010 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

Lara Brennan (Actor)

Scrubs 2006 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Uninvited 2009 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Definitely, Maybe 2008 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Meet Bill 2008 (Movie)

Jess (Actor)

Meet Dave 2008 (Movie)

Gina Morrison (Actor)

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

W. 2008 (Movie)

Laura Bush (Actor)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 (Movie)

Miri Linky (Actor)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

Charlene (Actor)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Betty Brant (Actor)

Invincible 2006 (Movie)

Janet Cantwell (Actor)

Slither 2006 (Movie)

Starla Grant (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Nancy Pecket (Actor)

Daltry Calhoun 2005 (Movie)

May (Actor)

Dalty Calhoun 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heights 2005 (Movie)

Isabel (Actor)

Sexual Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

Caroline Swann (Actor)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Betty Brant (Actor)

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ordinary Sinner 2003 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Marcela Howard (Actor)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Betty Brandt (Actor)

Swept Away 2002 (Movie)

Debi (Actor)

Without A Trace 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

Lindsay (Actor)

Surrender Dorothy 1998 (Movie)

Vicky (Actor)

Food of Love 1997 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Frank or Francis (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Herself

The Trade (Movie)

Sioux (Actor)
Producer (3)

Pitch Perfect 2 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pitch Perfect 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Surrogates 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (2)

Pitch Perfect 2 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("Middle School Date") (Director)

Biography

Before she was a recognizable name, Elizabeth Banks was a familiar face in scene-stealing comic cameos and memorable dramatic roles opposite high-profile actors like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bridges and Mark Wahlberg. Her fresh-scrubbed New England looks and girl-next-door appeal were refreshingly countered with her adventurous tomboy spirit and fearless embrace of over-the-top goofiness. A stage-trained actress with a fun-loving attitude towards a big screen career, Banks' energy and versatile talent were finally featured front and center in the popular but very different comedies "Slither" (2006) and "Definitely, Maybe" (2008). Prior to those two roles, she gained widespread recognition for playing Betty Brant in "Spider-Man" (2002), which she reprised for the second (2004) and third (2007) installments. After returning to comedy opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in "Fred Claus" (2007), Banks was surprisingly convincing as former First Lady Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's "W" (2008) and Effie Trinket in the hotly anticipated "The Hunger Games" (2012). Whether comedy or drama, Banks always delivered a quality performance while continually broadening her appeal.

Relationships

Max Handelman Producer

Husband
Met on her first day at college, Sept. 6, 1992 Banks converted to Judaism upon marrying Handelman on July 5, 2003

Felix Handelman

Son
Born March 30, 2011 via gestational surrogate; father, Max Handelman

Magnus Handelman

Son
Born via gestational surrogate; Banks announced birth Nov. 14, 2012; father Martin Handelman

Ann Mitchell

Mother
Worked in a bank

Mark Mitchell

Father
Worked for General Electric

EDUCATION

Pittsfield High School

Pittsfield , Massachusetts 1992

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1996
Magna Cum Laude graduate

American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco , California 1998
Graduated from the Conservatory's Advanced Training Program

Milestones

2015

Made directorial debut with "Pitch Perfect 2."

2015

Co-starred opposite John Cusack as Melinda WIlson in the biopic "Love and Mercy."

2015

Co-starred in comedy-drama sequel "Magic Mike XXL."

2014

Reprised role of Effie in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1."

2014

Co-starred opposite Diane Lane in mystery thriller "Every Secret Thing."

2014

Co-starred in animated smash "The Lego Movie" as female lead Wyldstyle.

2013

Reprised Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

2012

Cast as one of the leads in ensemble romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"

2012

Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"

2012

Cast as Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) District 12 escort in the feature film adaptation of "The Hunger Games"

2012

Co-produced musical comedy "Pitch Perfect"; also acted opposite Anna Kendrick

2011

Played Paul Rudd's career-driven sister in "Our Idiot Brother"

2010

Co-starred with Russell Crowe in the thriller "The Next Three Days"

2010

Had a recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as a love interest for Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy

2009

Made executive producing debut with "Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis

2009

Co-starred in the American remake of "The Uninvited"

2008

Cast as the female lead in the dark comedy "Meet Bill" alongside Aaron Eckhart

2008

Portrayed First Lady Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic "W." on the life of President George W. Bush

2008

Co-starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"

2007

Reprised role of Betty Brant for "Spider-Man 3"

2007

Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy "Fred Claus"

2006

Cast as Mark Wahlberg's love interest in "Invincible," based on the true story of Eagles football player Vince Papale

2006

Guest-starred on the season five finale of the NBC sitcom "Scrubs" as the love interest to J.D. (Zach Braff); returned with a recurring role in season six

2005

Cast opposite Steve Carrell in the Judd Apatow comedy "The 40-Year Old Virgin"

2004

Again portrayed Betty Brant in "Spider-Man 2"

2003

Landed breakout role as Jeff Bridges' wife in the Gary Ross-directed "Seabiscuit"

2002

Appeared in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio

2002

Cast as Betty Brant in the blockbuster hit "Spider-Man"

2001

Appeared in the cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer"

2000

Cast in a small role in John Singleton's "Shaft"

1999

Made TV debut on an episode of the NBC drama "Third Watch"

1998

Landed first film role in the independent drama "Surrender Dorothy" (credited as Elizabeth Casey)

Bonus Trivia

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Changed her name early in her career to avoid confusion with another actress named Elizabeth Mitchell.

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Began acting in high school after a broken leg put an end to her softball career.

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Co-produced "Pitch Perfect," inspired by her time at the University of Pennsylvania, where a cappella singing groups were a major campus activity.

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Converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, sportswriter Max Handelman, in 2003.

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"I haven't played a lot of lead roles in my life, and very early on in my career, even with, you know, "Wet Hot American Summer" being the very first time. I auditioned to play the role that was ultimately played by Marguerite Moreau. And, you know, David Wain said, I don't know. You just - you seem too pretty to play, like, the lead role and to be in love with Coop, so would you want to play Beth instead? And, of course, I just wanted a job, so I said, yes, of course, I'll play Beth. You know, I had an audition for Mary Jane Watson in "Spiderman" and ended up playing Betty Brant in that series. I auditioned for Amy Adams' role in "Catch Me If You Can" and, you know, ended up playing the bank teller. So there were a lot of times early on where I felt like I was always sort of the bridesmaid, never the bride - never quite right." -- Fresh Air, May 19, 2015

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