Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Birth Name:

Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell

Body Height:

1.64 m


Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She is the daughter of Ann (Wallace), who worked in a bank, and Mark P. Mitchell, a factory worker. Elizabeth describes herself as having been seen as a "goody two-shoes" in her youth who was nominated for the local Harvest Queen.

Banks left home to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania--from which she graduated Magna cum Laude--and went on to attend the Advanced Training Program at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, graduating in 1996. She then moved to New York and worked in the theater, and began getting small roles in films and on television. Seeking more screen work, she moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast in supporting roles. She also had to change her last name, to Banks, in order to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell.

Her breakthrough role was as Betty Brant, the secretary of the cantankerous newspaper tycoon in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002). She followed up this performance with small roles in other movies: Swept Away (2002), Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002), Seabiscuit (2003) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). In 2003 she won the Exciting New Face Award at the Young Hollywood Awards.

The winsome, beautiful Banks projected an exceptionally charming screen presence that drew comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and Hollywood eventually began to take notice, Banks being cast in the lead in such films as Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) and in Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush, W. (2008), as Laura Bush.

In television Banks was a recurring guest star on Scrubs (2001) as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of Zach Braff's J.D. In 2010 she was cast as Alec Baldwin's love interest in season four of 30 Rock (2006). Originally scheduled to appear in only four episodes, she was brought back as a recurring character for two more seasons, and earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for two consecutive years.

Banks has more recently appeared in such films as Our Idiot Brother (2011), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), People Like Us (2012), and Pitch Perfect (2012). She also won the coveted role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

Banks married Max Handelman, a sports writer and producer, in 2003. They have two sons, Felix, who was born in March 2011, and Magnus, born in Nov. 2012, both by gestational surrogacy.

Producers Filmography:

Charlie's Angels (2019)
Paige One
The Greater Good
Untitled Elizabeth Banks/Max Handelman Project
White Girl Problems
Project 13 (2018)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (2017)
The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)
The Trustee (2017)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Resident Advisors (2015)
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Surrogates (2009)

Directors Filmography:

Charlie's Angels (2019)
The Greater Good
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Movie 43 (2013)
Just a Little Heart Attack (2011)
AIDS: We Did It! (2010)

Actors Filmography:

The Happytime Murders (2018)
Signal HIll
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017)
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017)
Power Rangers (2017)
Modern Family (2017)
Asteroids! (2017)
Democratic National Convention: Our Fight Song (2016)
Celebrity Conversations (2016)
The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure (2016)
Moonbeam City (2015)
Uber for Jen (2015)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Lego Dimensions (2015)
The Muppets. (2015)
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Resident Advisors (2015)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Love & Mercy (2014)
Walk of Shame (2014)
Every Secret Thing (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)
Phineas and Ferb (2014)
Little Accidents (2014)
Face in the Crowd (2013)
Timms Valley (2013)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Movie 43 (2013)
Robot Chicken (2012)
Family Guy (2012)
Pitch Perfect (2012)
People Like Us (2012)
30 Rock (2012)
What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Man on a Ledge (2012)
Just a Little Heart Attack (2011)
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
The Details (2011)
The Next Three Days (2010)
Big Breaks (2009)
Scrubs (2009)
The Uninvited (2009)
American Dad! (2008)
Role Models (2008)
W. (2008)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Lovely, Still (2008)
Wainy Days (2008)
Meet Dave (2008)
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Comanche Moon (2008)
Fred Claus (2007)
Meet Bill (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Invincible (2006)
Slither (2006)
Daltry Calhoun (2005)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Stella (2005)
The Baxter (2005)
The Sisters (2005)
Heights (2005)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Sexual Life (2004)
Seabiscuit (2003)
The Trade (2003)
Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Without a Trace (2002)
Swept Away (2002)
Spider-Man (2002)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2001)
Ordinary Sinner (2001)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Shaft (2000)
Sex and the City (2000)
Uninvited (1999)
All My Children (1999)
Third Watch (1999)
Surrender Dorothy (1998)

Selfs Filmography:

Made in Hollywood (2017)
Megyn Kelly Today (2017)
Today (2017)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2017)
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (2017)
The Gong Show (2017)
Entertainment Tonight (2017)
Temporary (2017)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2017)
The Peter Austin Noto Show (2017)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2017)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2017)
The Insider (2017)
Watching, Waiting (2017)
American Graduate Day (2016)
Ask a Badass with Elizabeth Banks (2016)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2016)
Celebrity Style Story (2016)
Birthday Stories with Lynn Hirschberg (2016)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2015)
Tavis Smiley (2015)
VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly (2015)
Good Morning America (2015)
Saturday Night Live (2015)
The Hunger Games: The Phenomenon (2015)
IMDb Asks (2015)
2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2015)
72nd Venice Film Festival Awards Ceremony (2015)
Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot (2015)
The Muppets: First Look Presentation (2015)
The Talk (2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Larry King Now (2015)
Janela Indiscreta (2015)
2015 MTV Movie Awards (2015)
Utilitarian Chic: Makeup and Costumes (2015)
Straight from the Heart: A Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman (2015)
The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2015)
Conan (2015)
American Music Awards 2014 (2014)
Bystander Revolution (2014)
2014 MTV Movie Awards (2014)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2014)
Rachael Ray (2014)
The Daily Show (2014)
Unscripted (2014)
E! News (2014)
Extra (2013)
CollegeHumor Originals (2012)
Love, Marilyn (2012)
What to Expect When You're Expecting: What to Expect and the Pregnancy Bible (2012)
The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games (2012)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2012)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)
Reggie Makes Music (2012)
Fox and Friends (2012)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2012)
2012 MTV Movie Awards (2012)
Late Show with David Letterman (2012)
Big Morning Buzz Live (2012)
Hunger Games: Cast Interviews (2012)
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2012)
Sidewalks Entertainment (2012)
Chelsea Lately (2011)
Making the Next Three Days (2011)
The Men of The Next Three Days (2011)
Film Fiend (2010)
Stand Up to Cancer (2010)
Mr. Celebrity with Elizabeth Banks (2010)
Festival international de Cannes (2010)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (2010)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)
The Movie Loft (2009)
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards (2009)
Money Shots (2009)
Popcorn Porn: Watching 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' (2009)
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009)
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009)
A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave (2008)
Xposé (2008)
Reel Comedy (2008)
Becoming Invincible: The True Story of Vince Papale (2006)
Fangoria Presents: Slither Behind the Scenes (2006)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2006)
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2006)
Bringing Slither's Creatures to Life (2006)
The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither (2006)
Who Is Bill Pardy? (2006)
The Making of 'The Baxter' (2005)
Interwoven: the Women of Spider-Man (2004)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Young Hollywood Awards (2003)