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

Nickname

Liz Banks

Profession

Actress, Producer, Director

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

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

Age

She is currently 45 years old.

Sun Sign

Aquarius

Nationality

American

Ethnicity

White

Religion

Judaism

Education

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)

Manager

Untitled Entertainment

Marital Status

Married

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

Height

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

Weight

  • 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

Average

Hair Color

Blonde

Eye Color

Blue

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Sexuality

Straight

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, Realtor.com, Old Navy, etc.

Distinctive Features

Blue Eyes

Awards & Nominations

Year Work Association Category Result
2003 Seabiscuit Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Invincible MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Nominated
Slither Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Relationship from Hell Nominated
2008 W. Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2009 N/A Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Face of the Future Award Won
Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 30 Rock Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest actress Nominated
2012 The Hunger Games MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Transformation Won
Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated
30 Rock Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Movie 43 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Director Won
N/A CinemaCon Excellence in Acting Won
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Transformation Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest Actress Nominated
2014 The Lego Movie BTVA Awards Best Female Lead Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Vocal Ensemble Nominated
BTVA People’s Choice Awards Best Female Lead Vocal Performance Won
Best Vocal Ensemble Won
Love & Mercy Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
2015 N/A CinemaCon Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year Won
MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Transformation Won
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Pitch Perfect 2 Golden Raspberry Awards The Razzie Redeemer Award Nominated
2016 Lego Dimensions BTVA Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Won
BTVA People’s Choice Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Won
2017 Power Rangers Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain Nominated

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.
  • Visit her official website @ elizabethbanks.com.
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