Elizabeth McGovern stars in "Downton Abbey" on PBS as Cora, Countess of Grantham. McGovern was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress for her role.

Elizabeth McGovern is a past Academy Award nominee — for her performance in Miloš Forman's 1981 film "Ragtime," in which she played notorious chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit. McGovern's other "Masterpiece" work on PBS includes "Broken Glass," "A Room with a View" and "Poirot." Her impressive career dates to her starring role opposite Timothy Hutton in "Ordinary People," directed by Robert Redford, which she landed while studying at the Juilliard School in New York City. In 1984, she starred with Robert De Niro and James Woods in Sergio Leone's cult gangster movie "Once Upon a Time in America," and later opposite Mickey Rourke in "Johnny Handsome." Since moving to England and starting a family of her own, McGovern continues to work in theater and television.

Most recently, she was featured in both "Clash of the Titans" and "Kick-Ass." She was also seen in "Angel's Crest," opposite Kate Walsh and Jeremy Piven, and "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding," opposite Felicity Jones. Born in Illinois, McGovern is also a singer-songwriter and has just recorded her second album with the band she formed and fronts, Sadie and the Hotheads.




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Age: 55 years old
Birthday: July 18, 1961
Height: 5' 9"
Birthplace: Evanston, IL
Husband: Simon Curtis (12/12/1992, 2 children)


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