Elizabeth McGovern’s career spans theatre, film and television and music. Elizabeth is most well known, at the moment, for her role as Lady Cora in multiple award winning television show ‘Downton Abbey’, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy and has won 3 SAG ensemble awards.
This year Elizabeth starred at The National Theatre in the new Alexi Kaye Campbell play ‘Sunset At The Villa Thalia’. McGovern has also just completed production on ‘The Commuter’ opposite Liam Neeson and Bjorn Runge’s ‘The Wife’.
Elizabeth has also appeared in films such as Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick Ass’ and Warner Brothers’ ‘Clash of The Titans’ alongside Ralph Fiennes. She received an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for her role in ‘Ragtime’, her second feature film, following her debut in Robert Redford’s ‘Ordinary People’ whilst she was still a student at Julliard. Other major film roles have included starring opposite Robert De Niro in ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ and Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage in ‘Racing with the Moon’. She has worked with the great film directors Steven Soderburgh, Curtis Hanson, Milos Forman, Sergio Leone, Robert Redford, and Simon Curtis (her husband).
Elizabeth has had a great presence on the West End and New York Stage, winning the 2013 Will Award from the Shakespeare Theatre Company for her work in Hamlet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other notable productions include ‘The Misanthrope’ at the Young Vic, ‘Three Days of Rain’ at the Donmar and David Mamet’s ‘The Shawl’ at the Arcola Theatre, new and old plays on and off Broadway and for Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre.
McGovern also fronts and writes the songs for the band ‘Sadie and the Hotheads’. They have toured USA and the UK and opened for the Mike and the Mechanics tour and for Sting at the Montreux Jazz Festival. They are very happy to be completing their fourth album with Grammy and Emmy award winning producer, Kipper Eldridge. In this album , her collaboration with The Nelson Brothers has widened to include collaborations with a wide range of exciting artists, including Laurent Voulzy, James Walsh, Smokey Hormel, Jake Morrel, and Barry Walsh and, of course, still features the work of Danica Chapman, Terl Bryant, Nick Lacey, Andrew (Wal) Coughlan!