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Elizabeth Banks



Possessing the kind of elegant screen beauty that often draws comparisons to a Breakfast at Tiffany's-era Audrey Hepburn, actress Elizabeth Banks' onscreen career has been steadily rising since the up-and-coming actress won the Young Hollywood Award for "Exciting New Face" back in 2003. With roles in such notable Hollywood hits as the Spider-Man films and Seabiscuit, Banks has not only had the pleasure of sharing the screen with hot-property actor Tobey Maguire multiple times, but has also been nominated -- alongside Maguire, Jeff Bridges, William H. Macy, and Gary Stevens -- for an "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" award by the Screen Actors Guild for her performance in the latter. The Pittsfield, MA, native got her first taste of fame when nominated Harvest Queen in her hometown's annual fall celebration, and in the years that followed, Banks would receive her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and go on to pursue her graduate degree at the American Conservatory Theater.



In 1998, Banks made her feature debut in the controversial addiction drama Surrender Dorothy, with subsequent small-screen roles in Third Watch and Sex and the City only serving to contribute to her rapidly growing profile in film and television. Of course, a move from New York to Los Angeles also may have had something to due with her landing more film roles, and though she would appear under her real name, Elizabeth Mitchell, in the 2000 action thriller Shaft, she soon had to change her name to avoid conflict with another actress who had already established a career under that surname. Undaunted, Banks forged on with roles in the cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer and the romantic drama Ordinary Sinner in 2001, with a supporting performance as Betty Brant in the 2002 box-office smash Spider-Man providing her most substantial onscreen performance to date. With roles opposite Madonna in Swept Away and Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, it was obvious that Banks' career was on the rise, but it was her winning performance in Seabiscuit that truly put her on the map. Though the Screen Actors Guild award that the she and the cast were nominated for would ultimately go to the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it was obvious to all who had been following her career that Banks was only at the beginning of her Hollywood ascent. In 2003, Banks appeared in the drama The Trade before reprising her role as Betty Brant for Spider-Man 2, and with increasingly prominent roles in Heights, The Sisters, and The Baxter scheduled through 2005, audiences could rest assured that they would be seeing plenty more of Banks in the years to come.



By the time Banks turned in a standout supporting role as a bookstore employee who may hold the means of solving The 40 Year Old Virgin's titular dilemma in the 2005 Steve Carell hit, it seemed that she was an actress capable of brightening most any screen. A substantial role as a small-town trophy wife in director James Gunn's comic-frightener Slither found Banks having noticable fun in front of the cameras, with a pair of appearances on the popular television medical comedy Scrubs preceding a more serious-minded turn in the inspirational 2006 sports drama Invincible.



2008 was a very busy year for Banks in which she continued to build her career as a comedic presence in films as varied as Role Models, Meet Dave, and Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and was also allowed to stretch her dramatic wings as Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic W.



In 2009 she first played the role of a conservative television commentator who becomes a romantic partner for Alec Baldwin's character on the award-winning sitcom 30 Rock, a role she would return to intermittently for the next few years.



In 2011 she co-starred in the comedy Our Idiot Brother, and in 2012 she had a supporting part in the phenomenally successfu

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Pitch Perfect 3
  • Producer
  • Gail
2017
No Score Yet Power Rangers
  • Rita Repulsa
2017
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
  • Director
  • Producer
2017
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Effie Trinket
2015
No Score Yet Hurricane Of Fun: The Making Of Wet Hot
  • Actor
2015
63% Magic Mike XXL
  • Paris
2015
91% Love & Mercy
  • Melinda
2015
66% Pitch Perfect 2
  • Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberg
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Ny Film Critics Series: Every Secret Thing
  • Actor
2015
29% Every Secret Thing
  • Detective Nancy Porter
2015
53% Little Accidents
  • Diana
2015
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
  • Effie Trinket
2014
12% Walk Of Shame
  • Meghan Miles
2014
96% The LEGO Movie
  • Wyldstyle/Lucy
2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Effie Trinket
2013
4% Movie 43
  • Amy
  • Director
2013
62% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
2012
46% The Details
  • Nealy Lang
2012
80% Pitch Perfect
  • Producer
2012
54% People Like Us
  • Frankie
2012
22% What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • Wendy
2012
84% The Hunger Games
  • Effie Trinket
2012
31% Man on a Ledge
  • Lydia Mercer
2012
68% Our Idiot Brother
  • Miranda
2011
52% The Next Three Days
  • Lara Brennan
2010
71% Lovely, Still
  • Alex
2010
39% Surrogates
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Popcorn Porn
  • Actor
2009
32% The Uninvited
  • Rachael
2009
78% Role Models
  • Beth
2008
65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Miri
2008
59% W.
  • Laura Bush
2008
20% Meet Dave
  • Gina
2008
21% Meet Bill
  • Jess
2008
71% Definitely, Maybe
  • Emily
2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Maggie Tilton
2008
21% Fred Claus
  • Charlene
2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Betty Brant
2007
71% Invincible
  • Janet Cantrell
2006
30% The Sisters
  • Nancy Pecket
2006
86% Slither
  • Starla Grant
2006
7% Daltry Calhoun
  • May
2005
32% The Baxter
  • Caroline Swann
2005
85% The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • Beth
2005
64% Heights
  • Isabel
2005
No Score Yet Sexual Life
  • Sarah
2005
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Miss Brant
2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
77% Seabiscuit
  • Marcela Howard
2003
17% Ordinary Sinner
  • Rachel
2002
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Lucy
2002
5% Swept Away
  • Debi
2002
89% Spider-Man
  • Miss Brant
2002
32% Wet Hot American Summer
  • Lindsay
2001
68% Shaft
  • Trey's Friend
2000
60% Surrender Dorothy
  • Vicki
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
31% Moonbeam City
2015
  • Voice
63% The Muppets
2015-2016
  • Herself
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Clarissa
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jaina Jansen
92% Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
2015
  • Lindsay
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Sal
No Score Yet Resident Advisors
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Dr. Kim Briggs Kim Kim Briggs
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Avery Jessup Avery
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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