Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Highest Rated: 96% The LEGO Movie (2014)

Lowest Rated: 4% Movie 43 (2013)

Birthday: Feb 10, 1974

Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

A force of energy both in front of and behind the camera, Elizabeth Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1974. She spent her youth heavily involved in athletics, riding horses and playing Little League baseball until during one fateful game, she broke her leg while sliding into third base. The injury prevented Banks from playing any sports in the immediate aftermath, and so she auditioned for a school play instead, thus beginning what would become a lifelong interest in acting. She eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communications and went on to enroll in an MFA program at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Though she was offered a role on the soap opera "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1984-1993) during this time, Banks had already taken out student loans in order to pay for her education and opted to remain in school. After graduating in 1998, Banks made her on-screen debut in the drama "Surrender Dorothy" (1998). Minor TV appearances followed before she landed a prominent role in the cult-favorite comedy "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001). From there, Banks quickly moved on to play Betty Brant in the blockbuster hit "Spider-Man" (2002) -a role she would continue throughout the hit franchise. With her prominence steadily rising, Banks went on to appear in the comedy "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2004) before co-starring as Dr. Kim Briggs on the fifth season of the comedy series "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001-2010). Comedy remained a major spoke in Banks' wheelhouse as she starred in Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (2008), but she still branched out into other genres, playing Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's George W. Bush biopic "W." (2008) and opposite Russell Crowe in the thriller "The Next Three Days" (2010). After a celebrated run as recurring character Avery Jessup on the acclaimed sitcom "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013), Banks joined the massively popular "Hunger Games" franchise as Capitol-dwelling Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games" (2012), a role she eventually played in all four films in the series. The year 2012 also saw Banks play Gail in the acapella comedy "Pitch Perfect" (2012). She returned for the sequel as well, not only reprising the role of Gail but stepping behind the camera in her feature film directorial debut. It proved a huge success, far out-grossing the first film and cementing Banks' role as a director. She reunited with her "Wet Hot American Summer" castmates for the latter-day prequel series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" (Netflix, 2015) and for the sequel series "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" (Netflix, 2017), much to fans' delight, before playing Gail once again in "Pitch Perfect 3" (2017). This time, Banks did not helm the movie herself, as she was already laying the groundwork for her next project as a director, the "Charlie's Angels" (2019) reboot, in which she also appeared as Bosley. With her credibility sky-high and rising, Banks next co-starred with award winning actor Cate Blanchett in the period series "Mrs. America" (FX, 2020-).

Highest rated movies

Spider-Man 2 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Love & Mercy Slither The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Hunger Games
Pitch Perfect Role Models

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
57% 67% Brightburn Tori Breyer (Character) $17.3M 2019
52% 78% Charlie's Angels Bosley "Boz" (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$17.8M 2019
84% 68% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Wyldstyle/Lucy (Voice) $105.8M 2019
23% 40% The Happytime Murders Jenny (Character) $20.7M 2018
36% 39% The Most Hated Woman in America Producer - 2017
28% 43% Pitch Perfect 3 Gail (Character),
Producer
$104.9M 2017
50% 65% Saban's Power Rangers Rita Repulsa (Character) $85.3M 2017
No Score Yet 65% Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot Unknown (Character) - 2015
65% 55% Magic Mike XXL Paris (Character) $66.0M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Resident Advisors Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2015
65% 64% Pitch Perfect 2 Gail (Character),
Director,
Producer
$183.7M 2015
69% 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Effie Trinket (Character) $281.7M 2015
68% 71% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Effie Trinket (Character) - 2014
54% 28% Little Accidents Diana (Character) $10.1K 2014
89% 85% Love & Mercy Melinda Ledbetter (Character) $12.5M 2014
15% 37% Walk of Shame Meghan (Character) $39.8K 2014
96% 87% The LEGO Movie Wyldstyle/Lucy (Voice) $257.8M 2014
32% 32% Every Secret Thing Detective Nancy Porter (Character) $97.0K 2014
4% 24% Movie 43 Amy (Character),
Director
$8.8M 2013
90% 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Effie Trinket (Character) - 2013
65% 58% Love, Marilyn Unknown (Character) - 2012
31% 52% Man on a Ledge Lydia Spencer (Character) $18.6M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Havana in Bushwick Pilar (Character) - 2012
84% 81% The Hunger Games Effie Trinket (Character) $408.0M 2012
53% 62% People Like Us Frankie (Character) $12.4M 2012
81% 83% Pitch Perfect Gail (Character),
Producer
$65.0M 2012
23% 47% What to Expect When You're Expecting Wendy (Character) $41.1M 2012
46% 34% The Details Nealy Lang (Character) $63.6K 2011
70% 51% Our Idiot Brother Miranda (Character) $24.8M 2011
50% 66% The Next Three Days Lara Brennan (Character) $21.1M 2010
37% 38% Surrogates Executive Producer $38.5M 2009
32% 49% The Uninvited Rachel (Character) $28.6M 2009
20% 35% Meet Dave Gina Morrison (Character) $11.8M 2008
58% 42% W. Laura Bush (Character) $25.5M 2008
73% 75% Lovely, Still Alex (Character) $124.7K 2008
70% 72% Definitely, Maybe Emily (Character) $32.0M 2008
77% 74% Role Models Beth (Character) $67.3M 2008
65% 66% Zack and Miri Make a Porno Miri (Character) $31.5M 2008
21% 45% Fred Claus Charlene (Character) $72.0M 2007
63% 51% Spider-Man 3 Miss Brant (Character) $336.5M 2007
20% 44% Meet Bill Jess (Character) $59.1K 2007
72% 73% Invincible Janet (Character) $57.8M 2006
87% 63% Slither Starla Grant (Character) $7.8M 2006
30% 52% The Sisters Nancy Pecket (Character) - 2005
7% 39% Daltry Calhoun May (Character) $12.5K 2005
85% 84% The 40-Year-Old Virgin Beth (Character) $109.2M 2005
32% 75% The Baxter Caroline Swann (Character) $181.9K 2005
64% 74% Heights Isabel (Character) $1.2M 2005
No Score Yet 42% Sexual Life Sarah (Character) - 2004
93% 82% Spider-Man 2 Miss Brant (Character) $373.4M 2004
No Score Yet 60% The Trade Sioux Sever (Character) - 2003
77% 76% Seabiscuit Marcela Howard (Character) $120.1M 2003
17% 83% Ordinary Sinner Rachel (Character) - 2002
5% 28% Swept Away Debi (Character) $598.6K 2002
38% 75% Wet Hot American Summer Lindsay (Character) $292.1K 2001
60% 40% Surrender Dorothy Vicky (Character) - 1998

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Press Your Luck Executive Producer,
Host
2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest,
Host
2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2012-2015 2017 2019-2021
87% 60% Shrill Executive Producer 2019-2021
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2012-2013 2015 2019-2020
96% 68% Mrs. America Jill Ruckelshaus (Character) 2020
85% 88% Modern Family Sal (Guest Star) 2009 2013-2015 2017 2020
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2019
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2019
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012-2016 2019
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet PeopleTV Specials Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2012 2015 2017
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 68% Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Lindsay (Character) 2017
82% 69% The Gong Show Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
29% 85% Moonbeam City Unknown (Voice) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Guest 2015
64% 72% The Muppets Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
84% 71% Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Lindsay (Character) 2015
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2010 2012 2015
No Score Yet 85% Resident Advisors Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012 2015
No Score Yet 93% Phineas and Ferb Grulinda (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2012 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2008 2012-2013
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2012
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Pam Fishman (Guest Voice) 2012
78% 93% 30 Rock Avery Jessup (Guest Star) 2010-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2008 2012
31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Guest 2009
83% 87% Scrubs Dr. Kim Briggs (Guest Star) 2006-2007 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.com Guest 2008
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Becky Arangino (Guest Voice) 2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comanche Moon Unknown (Character) 2008
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Character) 2002
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jaina Jansen (Guest Star) 2001
70% 82% Sex and the City Catherine (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Shoplifter (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Birds of a Feather Unknown (Character) 1991