About Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, born as Elizabeth Irene Mitchell, is an American actress, producer, director who is well known and successful. She is famous for acting in movies like The Hunger Games, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Pitch Perfect franchise. She is also a successful producer who has produced many favorite movies. Her directorial debut film Pitch Perfect 2 was very successful and made a record for first time director. Banks has also worked on TV shows and hosted game shows. She is an award winner and still working in movies and shows. 

Quick Info
Full NameElizabeth Irene Mitchell
Date of BirthFebruary 10, 1974
Birth PlacePittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Parent(s)Mark Mitchell and Ann Mitchell
OccupationActress, Director, Writer, and Producer.
Spouse(s)Max Handelman ​(m. 2003)
Net worthUS $50 million

Early Life

Elizabeth Banks was born to Mark Mitchell and Ann Mitchell as Elizabeth Irene Mitchell on February 10, 1974. She was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA. Banks has ne sibling Geoff Mitchell. Her father was an electrician in General Electric, and she worked in a bank. She completed her high school at Pittsfield High School in the year 1992. During her high school time, she was interested in sports and was a member of the softball team but unfortunately, she quit sports after her leg got fractured in a softball game.

Elizabeth Banks then changed her interest from sports to acting and started doing plays. She joined the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Communications. After her college, she trained in drama at American Conservatory Theatre and performed in plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Banks received her MFA degree in 1998. 

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Elizabeth Mitchell had to change her name to Elizabeth Banks to join the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) because someone of her name had already registered in the union. Elizabeth moved to New York to pursue her acting career. Banks got some minor and supporting roles in the movies at first, but in 1998, she was cast in an independent film ‘Surrender, Dorothy.’

Due to her performance in the movie, she got roles in the TV series ‘Third Watch’ and ‘Sex and the City.’ Till 2001 she played some prominent roles in the movies ‘Uninvited’, ‘Shaft,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ and ‘Ordinary Sinner.’ Still, her breakthrough in the career came in 2002 as she was cast as the secretary in the blockbuster film ‘Spider-Man.’ Banks was cast in salient roles in the movies ‘Swept Away’ and ‘Catch me if you can’ the same year. That year, Banks also started her own production company with ‘Max Handelman’ her future husband. The company runs by the name ‘Brownstone Productions.’ Elizabeth acted in the movie ‘Seabiscuit’ in 2003 that got her nominated for ‘SAG awards.’

In 2004, Elizabeth Banks reprised her role as ‘Betty Brant’ in the second Spiderman movie ‘Spider-Man 2’. Banks got more known after her role as ‘Beth’ in the hit movie ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’. Elizabeth’s first leading role was as ‘Starla Grant’ in the 2006 horror movie ‘Slither.’ Banks also worked in the same year’s film ‘Invincible.’ The third part of the spiderman movie ‘Spider-Man 3’ came out in 2007, where she played her exact role. Elizabeth played a significant role in the 2008 films, ‘Meet Dave,’ ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno,’ ‘Lovely, Still,’ ‘W,’ and ‘Definitely, Maybe.’ Banks had gained wide recognition by the year 2010.

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In 2012, Elizabeth Banks worked in the film ‘Man on a Ledge’ and played a supporting role in the hit film ‘Hunger Games.’ Her role got very popular among audiences. Banks played her role of ‘Effie Trinket’ in all the sequels of Hunger games, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (2013), ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ (2014), and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2’ (2015). Banks have Co-Produced and starred in all the movie ‘Pitch Perfect,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 1,2 & 3’.

In 2019 she made her directorial debut in the movie ‘Charlie’s Angles’ also portraying the role of ‘Bosley’ in the film. Bank’s most recent work is in live-action, animated, hybrid media franchise ‘The Magic School Bus, ’ produced through her own company ‘Brownstone Production.’


Personal Life

 Elizabeth met Max Handelman, a producer and a sportswriter from Portland, on her first day of college in the year 1992. They soon started dating and married after a long relationship in 2003. The couple has two children together; both are a boy and were born through surrogacy and named Felix and Magnus Mitchell. They also own a production company called Brownstone, which produced movies like ‘Surrogates’ and ‘Pitch Perfect.’

Elizabeth Banks spoke about her religion and said that she is Jewish. She is also involved in politics and was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. Banks uses her popularity in social media to spread information. Banks recently asked her followers to make sure they have proper voter IDs and are ready to vote. She also identifies herself as a feminist.

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Age, Height, Nationality and other facts

Born on February 10, 1974, Elizabeth banks is 46 years old (at the time of writing). She was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the United States, so she is an American and white race. She is Jewish. The actress is 5 feet 5 inches tall that is 1.65 meters and 165 centimeters tall. The American weighs about 55 kg (121 lbs.).

Elizabeth Banks has a fair complexion, which perfectly suits her blue eyes and blonde hair. She has a magnificent body measuring 34-26-35 inches. Her Zodiac sign is Aquarius. She is also called Liza Banks in short. The American changed her name from Elizabeth Mitchell to Elizabeth Banks because Elizabeth Mitchell was already registered in the Screen Actors Guild. Banks is also known to be a massive fan of David Letterman.


Net Worth

Elizabeth Banks is a very successful actress, a producer who has acted in many blockbusters and has directed successful movies like Pitch Perfect franchise and Charlies Angle Reboot. She has worked for many years in the film industry and has earned quite a lot of money. Her net worth is estimated to be about $50 million.