Elizabeth McGovern (Norma)

Elizabeth McGovern’s career spans theatre, film, television, and music. Most recently she has played Lady Cora in multiple award-winning television show DOWNTON ABBEY, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy and won a SAG.

Elizabeth can currently be seen in Bjorn Runge’s Oscar and BAFTA nominated THE WIFE, with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. She is currently shooting WAR OF THE WORLDS, with Gabriel Byrne for Canal Plus and Fox, and can next be seen in the West End Premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s THE STARRY MESSENGER, with Matthew Broderick.

2017 saw Elizabeth produce her first feature, in which she also stars, THE CHAPERONE, written by Julian Fellowes. The film will debut in March 2019 as PBS’ first theatrically released film.

Elizabeth 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 Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage in RACING WITH THE MOON.  

Elizabeth has performed in the theatre in America and the U.K., winning the 2013 Will Award from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Other notable productions include Alexi Kaye Campbell’s SUNSET AT THE VILLA THALIA, Lindsay Posner’s GOD OF CARNAGE last year in Bath, THE MISANTHROPE at the Young Vic, THREE DAYS OF RAIN at the Donmar and David Mamet’s THE SHAWL at the Arcola Theatre. 2017 saw her return to Broadway in J.B Priestley’s TIME AND THE CONWAYS.

McGovern also fronts and writes the songs for the band ‘Sadie and the Hotheads’ and has performed globally with them. Her first solo album THE TRUTH will be released by Universal on their Mi5 label on March 21, 2019.