Elizabeth Reaser

Actress
A string of assured dramatic turns in independent features helped to elevate actress Elizabeth Reaser's profile from acclaimed stage actress to buzzworthy lead in projects ranging from "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) to ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1975 in Bloomfield, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

True Detective 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bonnie & Clyde 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

One & Two 2013 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Liberal Arts 2012 (Movie)

Ana (Actor)

The Good Wife 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two 2012 (Movie)

Esme Cullen (Actor)

The Art of Getting By 2011 (Movie)

Charlotte Howe (Actor)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One 2011 (Movie)

Esme Cullen (Actor)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

Beth Slade (Actor)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

Esme Cullen (Actor)

The Ex List 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Against the Current 2008 (Movie)

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Grey's Anatomy 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twilight 2008 (Movie)

Esme Cullen (Actor)

Puccini for Beginners 2007 (Movie)

Allegra (Actor)

The Wedding Weekend 2007 (Movie)

Julep (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002, 2006 (Tv Show)

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Purple Violets 2006 (Movie)

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Saved 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Standoff 2006 (Tv Show)

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Sweet Land 2006 (Movie)

Inge Altenberg (Actor)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

Athena (Actor)

The Family Stone 2005 (Movie)

Susannah Stone Trousdale (Actor)

Hack 2004 (Tv Show)

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Mind the Gap 2004 (Movie)

Malissa Zubach (Actor)

The Jury 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Believer 2002 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

Young Woman in Class (Actor)

Emmett's Mark 2000 (Movie)

Alison Holmes (Actor)

Biography

A string of assured dramatic turns in independent features helped to elevate actress Elizabeth Reaser's profile from acclaimed stage actress to buzzworthy lead in projects ranging from "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) to the 'tween film sensation, "Twilight" (2008). A graduate of Julliard, she balanced television work with stage work in New York and Los Angeles before gaining attention for small but significant turns in movies like "The Believer" (2001) and "Thirteen Conversations about One Thing" (2001). A moving performance as a Norwegian immigrant in "Sweet Land" (2005) led to more high-profile projects, including the feature comedy "The Family Stone" (2005) and TV work on "Saved" (TNT, 2006). She gained even greater press for her recurring role as an amnesiac on "Grey's Anatomy," and eventually gained her own short-lived series, "The Ex-List" (CBS, 2008). Her appearance as the matriarch of a small town vampire clan in the rabidly anticipated "Twilight" (2008) solidified her status as a screen talent with limitless potential.

Relationships

Mary Aaron

Sister

Karen Davidson

Mother
Divorced from Elizabeth's father

John Reaser

Father
Former attorney who became a restaurateur and substitute teacher Divorced from Elizabeth's mother

Emily Reaser

Sister

EDUCATION

Ernest W. Seaholm High School

Birmingham , Michigan

Oakland University

Rochester Hills , Michigan
Attended for one year before applying to Julliard's drama program

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1999

Milestones

2012

Reprised role in franchise's final film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2," also directed by Bill Condon

2012

Cast opposite writer and director Josh Radnor in romantic comedy "Liberal Arts"

2011

Reprised role of Esme in the Bill Condon directed "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1"

2011

Acted opposite Charlize Theron in "Young Adult," written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman

2010

Reprised the role of Esme Cullen in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

2010

Made a recurring appearance on "The Good Wife" (CBS)

2009

Reprised the role of Esme Cullen in the sequel "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"

2008

Starred on the short-lived CBS series "The Ex List"

2008

Cast as Esme Cullen in the feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel "Twilight"

2007

Cast in a recurring role on the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" as an unidentified pregnant woman suffering from amnesia; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress

2006

Appeared on the short-lived medical drama "Saved" (TNT)

2006

Joined an ensemble cast for the film "Puccini for Beginners"

2006

Starred in the independent release "Sweet Land"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead

2005

Portrayed Craig T. Nelson and Diane Keaton's eldest daughter in "The Family Stone"

2005

Appeared in Marc Forster's psychological thriller "Stay"

2004

Landed a featured role in the Showtime movie "Mind the Gap"

2002

Made London debut as the kept girlfriend of a Lower East Side addict in Adam Rapp's critically acclaimed production of "Blackbird"

2002

Cast as Heavenly in La Jolla Playhouse's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth"

2001

Portrayed Alice in the Portland Center Stage production of Patrick Marber's "Closer"

Landed small part on daytime drama "Guiding Light" (CBS)

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