Elizabeth McGovern
American actress
Elizabeth McGovern
Elizabeth McGovern is an American film, television, and theater actor, and musician.
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<i>Downton Abbey</i> & the Roar of Women Rising
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Downton Abbey, either the series or the fictional estate, might seem like an unlikely incubator for 20th century feminism. But by the time the most popular series in PBS history wraps up this March, empowered women could be one of its strongest legacies. "If anyone hadn't realized it by now," says creator and executive producer Gareth Neame, "women rule the roost on this show. The men may think they do, but it's the women who decide almost all of what happens." He's got a good body of evidence to support that assertion. Dowager Countess Violet (Maggie Smith) is an iron pillar, and her friend Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) has shown an equally strong will. Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern), also known as Lady Grantham, often must steer her sometimes befuddled husband Robert (Hugh Bonneville) in the right direction. The Grantham daughters (above), born into a society where their sole duty was ornamental, all stepped out of that boring box. The late Lady Sybil (Je ...
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The Lady of <i>Downton Abbey</i> Throws Some Props to the Lord
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Elizabeth McGovern thinks the lord of the manor on Downton Abbey has in some ways been its most overlooked character. Both she and the lord hope the upcoming sixth and final season will help remedy that oversight. McGovern plays Cora, an American heiress who married British Lord Robert Crawley, played by Hugh Bonneville. In return for making her share of the family fortune available to keep the centuries-old estate afloat, she became Lady Grantham. For most of the series, Lord Grantham has hardly come across as the decisive, strong-willed British aristocrat of yore. He's made several terrible financial decisions and he's often seemed adrift when it comes to his primary mission, which is preserving Downton for the next Crawley generation. Yet he's clearly a decent man and in spite of the entitlement to which he was born, viewers like him and want him to succeed. "I don't think Hugh has gotten nearly enough credit for the way he's played Robert," says McGovern. "I mean, Rob ...
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The 43rd International Emmy Awards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
International Emmy Founders Award Julian Fellowes and presenters Elizabeth McGovern and Gareth Naeme On Monday night November 23, The 43rd International Emmy Awards held it's annual celebration of television excellence from programming around the globe. 2 Special Awards and 10 Emmy statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening at the Hilton in New York City. International Emmy Directorate Award winner Richard Plepler and presenter Michael Douglas and Academy President Bruce L. Paisner Academy Award &amp; Emmy Award Winner Julian Fellowes, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey humbly accepted the International Emmy Founders Award for all writers. Academy Award winning Actor and Producer Michael Douglas presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Richard Plepler, Chairman &amp; CEO of HBO. Presenters Michael Urie and Mozhan Mauro with Best Actor winner Maarten Heijmans The International Emmy Awards Winners were Ill ...
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This Is What The 'Downton Abbey' Cast Looks Like Out Of Costume
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's no secret that "Downton Abbey" is one of the most popular shows on TV, and we watch it for a lot of reasons. For the Dowager's zingers, for the latest on Lady Mary's love life, to find out what drama is unfolding downstairs and, of course, for the costumes. So you may be a little surprised to see what the "Downton" gang looks like out of costume. Check them out below: Robert Crawley, Hugh Bonneville Violet Crawley, Maggie Smith Cora Crawley, Elizabeth McGovern Lady Mary Crawley, Michelle Dockery Lady Edith Crawley, Laura Carmichael Lady Sybil Crawley, Jessica Brown Findlay Matthew Crawley, Dan Stevens Lady Rose MacClare, Lily James Anna Bates, Joanne Froggatt John Bates, Brendan Coyle Mrs. Patmore, Lesley Nicol Mrs. Hughes, Phyllis Logan Sarah O'Brien, Siobhan Finneran Daisy Mason, Sophie McShera Thomas Barrow, Rob James-Collier "Downton Abbey" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.
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'Downton Abbey' Renewed For Fifth Season
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — "Downton Abbey" will return for a fourth season in January, but now PBS is announcing the series will be back for at least one more after that. "Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton says Downton fans can "rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way." The celebrated British costume drama focusing on the elite Crawley family will air its fourth season on "Masterpiece" beginning Jan. 5. Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Jim Carter are among its stars. Earlier this year, more than 24 million viewers watched the third season of the series in the U.S., making it the most-watched drama in PBS history.
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Return To 'Downton Abbey' With New PBS Special Hosted By Susan Sarandon
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is setting the table for the "Downton Abbey" feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December. PBS' "Masterpiece" says "Return to Downton Abbey" will air Dec. 1 with what's billed as "a tantalizing taste" of the upcoming season, which begins Jan. 5. It also will look at the series' past three seasons. Susan Sarandon serves as host for the special, a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, clips of favorite moments and interviews with cast members. Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Shirley MacLaine are among the stars who will appear in the special. "Downton Abbey," the wildly popular drama about British class and culture a century ago, will move into the Roaring Twenties in the new season.
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Downton Abbey gets rocked
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
BIG READ: Elizabeth McGovern, who stars as the refined Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, rocks her career with a successful side project.     
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First Look: Shirley MacLaine & Paul Giamatti On 'Downton Abbey'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Levinsons are coming to "Downton Abbey" for the Season 4 finale. Paul Giamatti will make his first appearance as Harold Levinson, Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) brother and Shirley MacLaine will return as their mother, Martha. The American actors were snapped on set filming a scene together. "We're excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on 'Downton' to play Cora's brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith," Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, said in a statement. "We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham's apple cart in this year's finale.” Giamatti is just one of the many new faces on "Downton Abbey" for Season 4. Daisy Lewis will play Sybil's new nanny, Gary Carr will play jazz singer Jack Ross and Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will also appear in "Downton Abbey." Click through the slidesh ...
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She's Poised To Shakeup 'Downton Abbey'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Downton Abbey" has reportedly cast Daisy Lewis in a key role. According to The Mirror, Lewis will play the live-in governess for the daughter of Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and the late Sybill Crawley (Jessica Brown Findlay). "Daisy will become one of 'Downton's' most prominent characters. She wowed producers in her audition and they are delighted to have secured such a brilliant young actress," a source told The Mirror. Look for the two to start a secret affair. Lewis' other credits include "Doctor Who" and "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes' "From Time to Time." Request for confirmation from Masterpiece was not immediately returned. Lewis isn't the only new face popping up on "Downton Abbey." Gary Carr will portray the show's first black character, Jack Ross, a jazz singer. Other new cast additions include Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Additionally, Paul Giamatti will guest as Harold ...
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Downton Abbey Scores Big By Booking Paul Giamatti for Season 4 Finale
Boom Tron - over 3 years
Seemingly at will, Paul Giamatti can switch between being affably adorable and excruciatingly dickish, making him one of the best American actors to be cast in Downton Abbey. He’s the latest actor to join the show’s fourth season, and thank goodness for that. If there’s one actor in the whole wide world I would want to see butting heads with the locals in Downton Abbey, it’s Giamatti. Seeing him in such roles like those in The Illusionist and John Adams is all the evidence I’ll ever need to know he’s perfect for whatever is required of him in a period show such as this. Giamatti will be playing Harold Levinson, the maverick, playboy brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and Uncle to Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael). TVLine reported he won’t be appearing until the fourth season finale, but his presence will be made all the sweeter as it coincides with the return of Shirley MacClaine, who playing Cora and Harold’s mother, Martha. It’ll be the kind of family reunion ...
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Paul Giamatti Headed To 'Downton'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of "Downton Abbey" for the show's upcoming fourth season. TVLine reports that Giamatti will appear on "Downton Abbey" as Harold Levinson, Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) brother in the Season 4 finale, alongside Shirley McLaine who returns as Cora's mother Martha. A rep for Masterpiece confirmed TVLine's report to The Huffington Post. Giamatti isn't the only new face on "Downton Abbey" next season. Tom Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, a family friend of the Crawleys; Nigel Harman will play Green, a valet; Dame Harriet Walter will play Lady Shackleton, a friend of the Dowager Countess; Joanna David will play the Duchess of Yeovil; Julian Ovenden will appear as aristocrat Charles Blake; and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will debut as a guest who sings in the house. "Downton Abbey" will also introduce its first black character. Gary Carr will play Jack Ross, a jazz singer. Lily James will also return as Rose. "Downton Abbey" returns to PBS o ...
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Anouska Stahlmann: The 10 Best Movie Scenes Of All Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hello all! I'm now 15-years-old and I've realized I spend all my time watching films. I watch a lot of films and I suppose you could say I am quite good at movie trivia. What I find shocking is how many films aren't well-known when they're beyond amazing. There are some scenes that break your heart. There are some scenes that grip you and have you on the edge of your seat. There are those scenes that make your heart melt. There are those scenes that make you feel, cry, laugh and "aww." I've collected a list of 10 scenes. I've narrowed down all the scenes that have evoked so much emotion that I didn't know how to feel after watching the scene. This is my list of 10 scenes that are extra special and have that wow factor. These scenes are the ones that stared me down when I was scouring the earth for the scenes and screamed "I AM FABULOUS" or "I am the walrus" in number 8's case... 10. Schindler's List is directed by Steven Spielberg and is a film to inform audiences of the tr ...
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The Downton Abbey Cast Looks Nearly Unrecognizable!
PopSugar - over 3 years
The Downton Abbey cast traded their 1920s garb for glamorous cocktail attire when they attended a special Q&amp;A session for their show in Hollywood last night. Michelle Dockery wore a plum dress as she posed on the carpet with Elizabeth McGovern and Joanne Froggatt. The biggest surprise of the night was Rob James-Collier, aka the devious servant Thomas Barrow, who debuted a new shaved head for the evening. Rob's new look isn't the only Downton makeover that is getting people talking, as the show's former star Dan Stevens recently revealed that he had lost 30 pounds for a new role. He showed off his slim physique on The Graham Norton Show and joked that he had lost "about two or three chins." Dan also discussed his heartbreaking departure from the show at the end of the program's third season, which he said was entirely his decision. While Matthew Crawley won't be returning to the series, American fans can catch Rob, Michelle, El ...
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Shirley MacLaine Is Headed Back To 'Downton'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Shirley MacLaine will be returning to "Downton Abbey" next season, and opera star Kiri Te Kanawa is joining the cast. MacLaine will reprise her role as Martha Levinson, Lord Robert Crawley's freewheeling American mother-in-law, Carnival Films and "Masterpiece" on PBS said Saturday. MacLaine appeared in episodes early last season. New Zealand-born soprano Te Kanawa will play a house guest. She will sing during her visit. Other new cast members and characters include: _ Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham, described as an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest for a house party (and who might be the one to mend Lady Mary Crawley's broken heart). _ Nigel Harman will play a valet named Green. _ Harriet Walter plays Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess. _ Joanna David will play a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil. _ Julian Ovenden is cast as aristocrat Charles Blake. "The addition of these charac ...
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Maureen Ryan: Why That 'Downton Abbey' Shocker Is For The Best (Really!)
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Do not read on unless you've seen the "Downton Abbey" Season 3 finale. "Downton Abbey" fans, I know you're still reeling from what happened in the final minute of the show's season (well, you're reeling if you managed to avoid the spoilers that were everywhere after the season finale aired in England a couple months ago). I know it may be hard to hear this, but all things considered, I think Matthew Crawley's death was for the best. Before you charge off to the comment area to tell me I'm history's greatest monster, please take note of what I am not saying. I'm not saying it'll be easy for the show to lose Dan Stevens. It's an enormous loss; Stevens is one of the best actors in the cast. But let's be honest: The actor, who talked about his decision to leave the show late last year, was saddled with some of the show's dumbest story lines. In Season 2, Matthew went from wheelchair-bound invalid to healthy chap in less time than it takes for Carson to serv ...
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Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern goes all grunge out with band Sadie and the Hotheads
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
She is perhaps arguably best known for playing Cora, Countess of Grantham in hit ITV show Downton Abbey.
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Nancy Cohen-koan: Shirley MacLaine: Downton Abbey's Mother-in-Law From Hell
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Downton Abbey hasn't completely lost a fan, but it has challenged my former enthusiasm by introducing the ridiculous character, Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), mother of Lady Cora Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern). Finally, I understand why Cora left America for Great Britain... to get away from her mother. The character is crude and pushy. And, despite The Times of Israel and writer Julian Fellowes insistence that she is not supposed to be Jewish, something still smells fishy. An heiress to a dry goods emporium with a name that seems more Jewish than, say, Barrett? If Martha Levinson is not supposed to be Jewish and this is fiction, why not call her Thurmople? Levinson, close enough to Levy or Levite, is highly suspicious. Is it not possible that some deep-seated British anti-Semitism is at work here? A feeling so deep and so old and ingrained that even the story editors might not notice. After all, the aristocratic attitude towards Jews was never great... even Virginia W ...
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The Surprising Person Who Introduced Shirley MacLaine To 'Downton Abbey'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Shirley MacLaine learned about "Downton Abbey" from her hairdresser. MacLaine told "The New York Times" she wasn't aware of the program beforehand, but that hairdresser gossip brought her into the world of Lord Grantham and Co. "I didn’t know 'Downton Abbey,'" MacLaine said. "I learned about it at my hairdresser. Really. I look at PBS for news ... [A]ll the girls were talking about it. They were trying to figure out who was Elizabeth McGovern’s mother, and whether she was a Rothschild, whether she was Jewish. The next thing I knew I got a call from my agent about playing Elizabeth McGovern’s mother. I’d better look at this. And whoa -- I got addicted for a full week." MacLaine admitted to falling hard for one character in particular: Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle). That's why she met with creator Julian Fellowes about taking the role. "I think I wanted to meet Bates, basically. And of course Julian, being so wily, arranged a lunch at which nobody else was there but Bates," sh ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elizabeth McGovern
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    McGovern was awarded the 2013 Will Award by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 46
    McGovern is also a singer-songwriter. In 2008 she began fronting the band Sadie and the Hotheads at The Castle pub venue in Portobello Road, London.
    More Details Hide Details The band released an album of songs she developed with The Nelson Brothers, who are now part of the band. The album also includes Ron Knights on bass and Rowan Oliver, borrowed from Goldfrapp, as drummer for the recording sessions. Michelle Dockery, who plays McGovern's eldest daughter in Downton Abbey, has occasionally sung with the band. Roles in New York include: In her theatre programme CVs (below), McGovern lists her other theatre work in the U.S. as including: Since moving to London, McGovern's stage work has included:
    In December 2008, McGovern appeared as Dame Celia Westholme in "Appointment with Death", an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she appeared in the three-part BBC comedy series Freezing, written by James Wood and directed and co-produced by her husband Simon Curtis. First broadcast on BBC Four, it was also shown on BBC2 in February 2008. McGovern played an American expatriate actress named Elizabeth, living in Chiswick with her publisher husband, played by Hugh Bonneville, and co-starring Tom Hollander as her theatrical agent. From 2010 to 2015, she portrayed Cora, Countess of Grantham, wife of Robert, the Earl of Grantham (played by Bonneville) in the British TV series Downton Abbey.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    In May 2007, she played Ellen Doubleday, Daphne du Maurier's paramour, in Daphne, a BBC2 television drama by Amy Jenkins based on Margaret Forster's biography of the author.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    On American TV, she appeared in a 2006 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled "Harm," in which her character of Dr. Faith Sutton was a psychiatrist accused of complicity in detainee abuse.
    More Details Hide Details Her other television work includes Broken Glass (Arthur Miller, 1996); Tales from the Crypt; The Changeling; Tales from Hollywood; the HBO series Men and Women; The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt; Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre ("Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"); and If Not for You (CBS 1995, own series).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 37
    McGovern has appeared in several television productions, mostly in the UK. In 1999 and 2000 McGovern played Marguerite St. Just in a BBC television series loosely based on the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel.
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  • 1997
    Age 35
    In a 1997 comedy, The Favor, McGovern played a woman who cheats on her boyfriend (played by Brad Pitt) by becoming her married best friend's proxy in a tryst with a man the friend has fantasized about.
    More Details Hide Details McGovern appeared in a number of films in the 2000s, including Woman in Gold, a drama starring Helen Mirren.
  • 1992
    Age 30
    In 1992, she married British film director and producer Simon Curtis; the couple have two daughters, Matilda and Grace.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 28
    McGovern co-starred with Kevin Bacon in a romantic comedy, She's Having a Baby, directed by John Hughes, and starred in the thriller The Bedroom Window, directed by Curtis Hanson. She teamed with Michael Caine in 1990's A Shock to the System, a comic mystery about a man who plots the murder of his wife.
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  • 1989
    Age 27
    In 1989, she played Mickey Rourke's girlfriend in Johnny Handsome, directed by Walter Hill, and the same year she appeared as a rebellious lesbian in Volker Schlöndorff's film The Handmaid's Tale.
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  • 1984
    Age 22
    In 1984, she starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America as Robert De Niro's romantic interest Deborah Gelly.
    More Details Hide Details She had leading roles in two other films that year, Racing with the Moon, a coming-of-age story also starring Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage, and the comedy Lovesick, as a patient whose psychiatrist (Dudley Moore) falls in love with her, risking his practice.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 19
    In 1981 she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime.
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  • 1980
    Age 18
    In 1980, while studying at Juilliard, McGovern was offered a part in what became her first film, Ordinary People, in which she played the girlfriend of troubled teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton).
    More Details Hide Details The following year she completed her acting education at the American Conservatory Theatre and Juilliard, and began to appear in plays, first Off-Broadway and later in famous theaters.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on July 18, 1961.
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