Elizabeth McGovern



Place of birth:

Evanston, Illinois, USA:


Elizabeth McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor. In 1980, while studying at Juilliard, McGovern was offered a part in her first film, Ordinary People, in which she played the girlfriend of troubled teenager Timothy Hutton. The following year she completed her education as an actress at the American Conservatory Theatre and at The Juilliard School, and began to appear in plays, first Off-Broadway and later in famous theaters. In 1981, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime. 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. 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 thriller The Handmaid's Tale.

Film Credits

Downton Abbey (2019)
as Cora Crawley
The Chaperone (2019)
as Norma
The Wife (2018)
as Elaine Mozell
The Commuter (2018)
as Karen MacCauley
Showing Roots (2016)
as Shirley
Unexpected (2015)
as Carolyn
Swung (2015)
as Dolly Adams
Woman in Gold (2015)
as Judge Florence-Marie Cooper
Screen Goddesses (2012)
as Narrator
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)
as Mrs. Thatcham
Angels Crest (2011)
as Jane
Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011)
as Cora Crawley
Clash of the Titans (2010)
as Marmara
Kick-Ass (2010)
as Mrs. Lizewski
Appointment with Death (2009)
as Dame Celia Westholme
Inconceivable (2008)
as Tallulah 'Tutu' Williams
A Room with a View (2007)
as Mrs Honeychurch
Daphne (2007)
as Ellen Doubleday
The Truth (2006)
as Donna
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
as Mrs. Berman
The Flamingo Rising (2001)
as Edna Lee
The House of Mirth (2000)
as Mrs. Carry Fisher
Manila (2000)
as Elizabeth
The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)
as Till Turner
The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998)
as Diane
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
as Susan Stringham
Clover (1997)
as Sara Kate
The Summer of Ben Tyler (1996)
as Celia Rayburn
Broken Glass (1996)
as Margaret Hyman
Guillaumet, les ailes du courage (1996)
as Noëlle Guillaumet
Broken trust (1995)
The Favor (1994)
as Emily
The Changeling (1993)
as Beatrice-Joanna
The Changeling (1993)
as De Flores
Me and Veronica (1993)
as Fanny
King of the Hill (1993)
as Lydia
Tales from Hollywood (1992)
Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)
as Elena Quince
Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990)
as Vicki
A Shock to the System (1990)
as Stella Anderson
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
as Moira
Johnny Handsome (1989)
as Donna McCarty
She's Having a Baby (1988)
as Kristen 'Kristy' Briggs
The Bedroom Window (1987)
as Denise
Native Son (1986)
as Mary Dalton
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1984)
as Snow White
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
as Deborah Gelly
Racing with the Moon (1984)
as Caddie Winger
Lovesick (1983)
as Chloe Allen
Ragtime (1981)
as Evelyn Nesbit
Ordinary People (1980)
as Jeannine Pratt