Elizabeth Banks is an American actress and filmmaker who became known with significant roles in The Hunger Games film series and Pitch Perfect franchise.She started her career on television and went on to gain immense popularity through her sheer performance in films including Spider-Man trilogy, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Lego Movie, and Power Rangers. On television, she is known for her portrayal of Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Banks is one of the most bankable actors of all time who has showed off her acting prowess in different genres like drama, comedy, horror, and science fictions.
Elizabeth Irene Mitchell
Actress, Film Producer and Director
Elizabeth Banks was born on February 10, 1974 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA.
She is currently 45 years old.
Talking about her educational background, Elizabeth Banks attended Pittsfield High School from where she graduated in 1992. She later enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She graduated magna cum laude (means “with great honor”) with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts in 1996.
Banks obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California in 1998.
She has English, Irish, Scottish, and distant Dutch ancestry.
Banks is the oldest of the four children of Mark Mitchell and Ann Mitchell. Her father Mark worked in General Electric while her mother was a bank employee.
Elizabeth Banks married Max Handelman, a sportswriter, and producer, on July 5, 2003. She met her husband in 1992 on her first day of college, and shortly after, they entered into a relationship. She welcomed her first child with her husband, a son, Felix Handelman, who was born in March 2011 through a surrogate. Their second son, Magnus Mitchell, was also born via surrogate in November 2012 .
- Feet – 5 feet 5 inches
- Centimeters – 165 cm
- Meters – 1.65 m
- Kilograms – 55 kg
- Pounds – 121 lbs
Vital Stats – 34-25-34
She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.
Her dress size is 6 (US).
Elizabeth Banks made her film debut in a supporting role with the independent film “Surrender Dorothy” in 1998. She was credited as Elizabeth Casey in the film.
Her first acting credit was a voice role when she gave voice to the Character Ben’s Mom in the TV series Keep Going Safety in 1998.
The following year Banks appeared in a guest starring role as a waitress in an episode of the American TV soap opera “All My Children.”
Elizabeth Banks established a name for herself in the creative industry through her stunning performance as Marcela Howard in the 2003 equestrian sports film “Seabiscuit”. It emerged as one of the highly successful films of the year, which earned 8 nominations in 76th Academy Awards. Banks also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance.
In 2012, Banks starred in the movie, “The Hunger Games” as Effie Trinket, a woman from “The Capitol” who escorts the District 12 tributes to the annual Hunger Games. She reprised her role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (20150 films.
Banks’s performance as Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, the wife of Brian Wilson, in the crtically aclaim biopic Love & Mercy (2015), was well received by her fans and critics that brought her rave reviews. The film is based on the life of the legendary musician and founding member of The Beach Boys’s Brain Wilson. She won Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her other notable films include Invincible, Slither, The Uninvited, 30 Rock, Movie 43, The Lego Movie, Modern Family and Lego Dimensions.
Over the course of her acting career, Banks has appeared in many TV commercials for L’Oreal Paris, Realtor.com, Old Navy, among others.
Elizabeth Banks Favorites
- Shoes – Frye Boots
- Holiday Movie – Bad Santa (2003)
Elizabeth Banks Net Worth
Elizabeth Banks has an estimated net worth of $30 million. In 2017, she was ranked as the 33rd-highest grossing actor of all time, and the fifth-highest grossing actress. In addition to her successful acting career, Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, the second installment in Pitch Perfect film series. The film was made with $30 million and went on to make $300 million worldwide. She also has produced around half a dozen movies and considering all other factors, her net worth is sure to rise in the years to come. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
Fewer Known Facts About Elizabeth Banks
Banks was active in sports playing baseball and riding horses throughout her childhood years.
She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at the University of Pennsylvania.
After launching her career as an actress, she changed her name to Elizabeth Banks to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell.
Banks was supposed to play the role of Susan Storm/Invisible Girl in Fantastic Four (2005), but actress Fernanda Romero was instead.
She is a huge fan of David Letterman.
She co-founded a production company named Brownstone with husband Max Handelman. They have produced films such as Pitch Perfect, Charlie’s Angels, and Queen for a Day.
Banks ranked #39 on FHM UK list of “100 Sexiest Women in the World,” and she was ranked #8 in the same list the following year.
She has often costarred with Paul Rudd in a bunch of films, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Role Models (2008) and Our Idiot Brother (2011).