Elizabeth McGovern’s career spans theatre, film, television, and music. Most recently she has played Lady Cora in the feature film adaptation of the multiple award-winning television show ‘Downton Abbey’, a role for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy and has won 3 SAG ensemble awards.
2017 saw McGovern produce her first feature film, in which she also starred – ‘The Chaperone’, written by Julian Fellowes and based on the book by Laura Moriarty. The film debuted in March 2019 and was released theatrically by PBS Films. Prior to that, she was featured in Bjorn Runge’s Oscar and BAFTA nominated ‘The Wife’, with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. She also starred opposite Liam Neeson in ‘The Commuter’.
McGovern 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. She has worked with John Hughes in ‘She’s Having A Baby’, Curtis Hanson in ‘The Bedroom Window’, and Steven Soderbergh in ‘King Of The Hill’. Other major film roles have included starring opposite Robert De Niro in ‘Once Upon A Time In America’ and ‘Racing With The Moon’.