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Elizabeth Banks Biography

Birth Name:
Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
Birth Place:
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Was athletic as a child; pursued acting after breaking her leg playing softball
  • Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Made her film debut in the 1998 indie Surrender Dorothy
  • Founded a production company named Brownstone with husband Max Handelman (her college sweetheart)
  • Converted to Judaism after marrying in 2003
  • Has costarred in a number of films with Paul Rudd, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Role Models (2008) and Our Idiot Brother (2011)
  • Volunteers with LA's BEST, an after-school program that benefits Los Angeles youth; honored with the Children's Champion Award for her support in 2011
  • Sons Felix and Magnus were born via gestational surrogate


  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Mark P. Mitchell -- Father
  • Max Handelman -- Husband
  • Ann Mitchell -- Mother
  • Felix Handelman -- Son
  • Magnus Mitchell Handelman -- Son