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Actor & Playwright


Elizabeth McGovern’s career spans theatre, film, television, and music. She currently stars as Lady Cora in the feature film adaptation of Downton Abbey, a role for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy and won a SAG Award. Elizabeth recently adapted and starred as Ava Gardner in the play Ava: The Secret Conversations. Prior to that, Elizabeth produced her first feature, The Chaperone, which she also starred in. Previous credits also include Ragtime, for which she received an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination. Elizabeth has performed in the theatre in America and the U.K., winning the 2013 Will Award from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Other notable productions include Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Sunset at the Villa Thalia, Lindsay Posner’s revival of God of Carnage in Bath, The Misanthrope at the Young Vic, Three Days of Rain at Donmar Warehouse, and David Mamet’s The Shawl at the Arcola Theatre. 2017 saw her return to Broadway in J. B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways. In 2019, Elizabeth was seen on the stage in the West End Premiere of The Starry Messenger. She also starred in War of the Worlds with Gabriel Byrne, which aired on Epix in the US.