Elizabeth Banks is an American actress, director and producer. She is known for her starring role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games film series and as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series. She made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, whose $69 million opening weekend gross set a record for a first time director. On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which garnered her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Birth Name

Elizabeth Irene Mitchell


Liz Banks


Actress, Producer, Director

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Elizabeth Banks was born on February 10, 1974 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States.


She is currently 45 years old.

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She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992 and is a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was elected to the Friars Senior Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California where she earned an MFA degree.

Family Details

  • Father – Mark P. Mitchell (worked at General Electric)
  • Mother – Ann (née Wallace) (Worked at a bank)
  • Siblings – Geoff Mitchell (Younger Brother)


Untitled Entertainment

Marital Status



Boyfriend / Spouse

Elizabeth Banks dated –

  • Max Handelman (2003 – Presents) – Elizabeth married sportswriter and producer, Max Handelman in 2003. She first met him on the first day of the University on September 6, 1992. In March 2011, she gave birth to their first child, son Felix. In November 2012, the family welcomed another child, son Magnus Mitchell.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
  • In centimeters – 165 cm
  • In meters – 1.65 m


  • In Kilograms – 55 kg
  • In Pounds – 121 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-25-36
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 32C

Body Build


Hair Color


Eye Color


Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Best Known For

Her recurring role as Avery Jessup on the sitcom 30 Rock from 2010 to 2012.

Film Debut

She debuted with 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy as Vicki. She was credited as Elizabeth Casey.

Television Debut

In 1999, she had a cameo appearance in the American TV soap opera All My Children as a waitress.

Brand Endorsements

She has appeared in commercials for L’Oreal Paris,, Old Navy, etc.

Distinctive Features

Blue Eyes

Awards & Nominations

2003SeabiscuitScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
InvincibleMTV Movie AwardsBest KissNominated
SlitherFangoria Chainsaw AwardsRelationship from HellNominated
2008W.Detroit Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressNominated
2009N/AWomen in Film Crystal + Lucy AwardsFace of the Future AwardWon
Fright Meter AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
201130 RockPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Gold Derby AwardsBest Comedy Guest actressNominated
2012The Hunger GamesMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TransformationWon
Choice Movie: Female Scene StealerNominated
30 RockPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Movie 43Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst DirectorWon
N/ACinemaConExcellence in ActingWon
The Hunger Games: Catching FireMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TransformationNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Gold Derby AwardsBest Comedy Guest ActressNominated
2014The Lego MovieBTVA AwardsBest Female Lead Vocal PerformanceNominated
Best Vocal EnsembleNominated
BTVA People’s Choice AwardsBest Female Lead Vocal PerformanceWon
Best Vocal EnsembleWon
Love & MercyFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
Best Supporting ActressNominated
Indiana Film Journalists AssociationBest Supporting ActressNominated
Best Supporting ActressNominated
Las Vegas Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressWon
San Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActressNominated
Best Supporting ActressNominated
Santa Barbara International Film FestivalVirtuoso AwardWon
Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
2015N/ACinemaConBreakthrough Filmmaker of the YearWon
MTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TransformationWon
Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Gold Derby AwardsBest Comedy Guest ActressNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Pitch Perfect 2Golden Raspberry AwardsThe Razzie Redeemer AwardNominated
2016Lego DimensionsBTVA AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameWon
BTVA People’s Choice AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameWon
2017Power RangersTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie VillainNominated

Elizabeth Banks Favorite

  • Favorite Artists – Adele, Whitney Houston, James Morrison
  • Favorite Shoes – Frye Boots
  • Favorite Fashion Icons – Edie Sedgwick
  • Favorite Color – Red

Elizabeth Banks Net Worth

Elizabeth Banks’s net worth has accumulated to approximately $30 million dollars.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Elizabeth Banks

  • She used to play a lot of baseball as a kid and used to ride horses.
  • To avoid confusion with another American actress of the same name, i.e., Elizabeth Mitchell, she changed her name to Elizabeth Banks.
  • She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • She is college friends with producer Todd Lieberman.
  • In 2006, Banks appeared in the American football drama film Invincible, in which she played Mark Wahlberg’s love interest.
  • In 2007, Banks played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba.
  • In 2009, Banks appeared in the horror film The Uninvited, a remake of the South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters.
  • Banks has a celebrity crush on German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender.
  • She can’t stop herself from eating cupcakes. She has a weakness for them.
  • Her one of the biggest mistake in life acting in the independent film Surrender Dorothy. She revealed it in an interview with Slate in 2012.
  • She is a great fan of David Letterman.
  • In 2012, Banks also starred in the film What to Expect When You’re Expecting alongside Jennifer Lopez
  • In July 2018, Box Office Mojo ranked Banks as the 30th highest grossing actor of all time and the ninth highest grossing female actor.
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