- Birth Name: Elizabeth Robertson
- Name: Elizabeth Mitchell
- Nick: Liz, Lizzie (her mother calls her Lizzie)
- Date of birth: March 27, 1970
- Place of birth: Los Angeles, CA, USA, moved with her mother to Dallas, TX just after her birth.
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Blond
- Height: 5′ 9″ (1,75 m)
- Children: C.J. (Christopher Joseph). Born on September 12, 2005.
- Mother: Josephine Marian Mitchell. Moved with daughter to Dallas in 1970 and married Joseph Day Mitchell in 1975. Tax attorney.
- Father: Joseph Day Mitchell, tax attorney.
- Father: Joseph Day Mitchell, tax attorney.
- Sister: Katherine Mitchell. Doctor. Born in 1982; daughter of Joseph and Josephine Mitchell
- Sister: Kristina Mitchell. Doctor. Born in 1978; daughter of Joseph and Josephine Mitchell
- Boyfriend: Jordan Arnold
- Boyfriend: Jordan Arnold
- EX-Husband: Christopher Soldevilla (June 13, 2004 – 2013) (DIVORCED) (1 child: CJ)
- Ex-boyfriend: Gary Bakewell (2000 – 2001)
- Ex-boyfriend: David Lee Smith (1994 – 1999)
Elizabeth was born on March 27, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. In the same year she and her mother moved to Dallas, Texas, where her mother married Joseph Mitchell in 1975. Her father, Joseph Day Mitchell, and mother, Josephine Marian Mitchell (née Jenkins), are lawyers based in Dallas; they are real estate and tax attorneys with their own firm about 5 blocks from their house in the wealthy area of Highland Park of the city. Elizabeth is the older one of 3 sisters, Kristina Helen “Kristie” Mitchell (1978) and Katherine Day “Kate” Mitchell (1982).
Her grandmother was an enormous movie and theatre fan and used to take her to everything she could, so she fell in love with acting and the world of entertainment as a fan. When her mother was attending the law school, she used to drop her off at a theatre school.So Elizabeth knew at a young age that she was going to become an actress.
Her stage debut was at the Dallas Theatre Center at the age of 7 in the role of Alice in a production of Alice in Wonderland.
She worked pretty much every job in the theatre and spent six year working at the Dallas Theatre Center since she was 13 and one year with its Encore Company. She also taught kids when she grow older.
Nobody ever thought she’d really become an actress, but she did it. People kept saying she will never work in this business, but that just made her more determinate.
She graduated for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1988 from Booker T. Washington High School located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, then went on to earn a B.F.A. in Acting from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1991. Though she wanted a stage career in her hometown, Elizabeth instead began performing in regional and summer stock theater in Missouri and Iowa. Her theatrical stage credits include productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Measure for Measure, Baby and Chicago, among many others.
After College she travelled to London where she studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy, an acting school composed of students from around the world who study with some of Britain’s more accomplished thespians. She went to theatre quite every day to see all the shows on the West End, and played Rosalind in As You Like It at the Embassy Theatre.
Three Sisters had the biggest effect on her, because she had to play all the three sisters. After finishing her studies in London she returned to Dallas where she had hope to stay, but all the amazing theatre groups there were gone, so she followed the path of all aspiring thespians and went to New York.
She moved there and lived with her boyfriend David Lee Smith (ex-Brent on the soap One Life to Live) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They had been together from 1994 until 1999.
Elizabeth got her first regular television role, Dinah-Lee Mayberry on the daytime soap Loving in 1995. Because of her Shakespearean training, Elizabeth took her role very seriously and used to make a lot of suggestions about the scripts, so she was fired after six months and she went back on stage.
She understudied one of the lead in the hit play of Edward Albee’s off-Broadway production, Three Tall Women.. When the show hit the road Elizabeth joined the cast and travelled with them to Los Angeles where she stayed for a long time.
In 1996 she appeared again on television in an episode of The Sentinel before landing a regular role on the short-lived drama, L.A. Firefighters (unfortunately canceled after 5 episodes) as the wife of a captain.
In 1997 she appeared as guest star in Jag as Lt. Sandra Gilbert, a fighter pilot facing court martial after being accused of fraternizing with a married enlisted man.
She returned to regular television work with the short-lived drama series, Significant Others (1997-98), because they asked her to and she really like the people involved.
Elizabeth said she made L.A. Firefighters just because she had never been on TV before, except for Loving, and even though both roles (on Significant Others and L.A. Firefighters) were miniscule and not even particularly interesting, as she said herself, she took the jobs but never had a stake in whether or not they worked.
At the time she was broke and sleeping on floors. That’s when she claims she found her lucky charm: a man’s shirt. She took it and after that, good things started happening.
Her breakthrough performance, alongside Angelina Jolie in Michael Cristofer’s much acclaimed HBO movie Gia (1998), captivated audiences and critics. It was certainly her first controversial role. Linda is a make-up artist whom the supermodel Gia Carangi felt in love with.
In 1999 she had her first theatrically released film, Molly. After being a recurring in the Party of Five spin-off, The Time of Your Life (2000), she starred in the made-for-TV movie The Linda McCartney Story (2000) as the former Rolling Stone photographer Linda Eastman, who goes on assignment to photograph The Beatles.
It’s based on real-life story about the woman with whom Paul McCartney felt in love, and her tragic battle with breast cancer.
At first, Elizabeth didn’t want to play such a high-profile part, but the more she looked into it, the more she was attracted by her, a fascinating and complex woman. It’s a role spanning a few decades, so she got to play young and old.
She almost didn’t get the part. It had nothing to do with competition or doubts whether or not she could handle it, but casting her was also part of a behind-the-scenes drama. They wanted Elizabeth all along, but CBS also wanted her to cast in a pilot. If she got that part, she couldn’t play Linda McCartney.
They were running out of time and had no backup. Finally someone else got the role in the pilot and she was free to do the movie at the last minute while everyone else was already casted.
On that set in Vancouver, Elizabeth met the actor Gary Bakewell, who played Paul McCartney, and they fell in love with each other not just on screen. In the same year she got the supporting role of Julia in the movie Frequency alongside Dannis Quaid, who has nothing but good things to say about Elizabeth and her professionalism: even after she broke her nose shooting a scene, she did not miss a beat. Because of the time-travel aspect of the movie, Elizabeth got to play again a young and an old of the same character.
In 2000 she also played a soap-opera actress in Neil LaBute’s Nurse Betty and she was offered to be a major recurring character in the hit medical-drama ER. While she was supposed to be just a guest star in one episode, the producers were amazed by her performance and wrote her in for 14 episodes.
In 2001 she kept herself busy both with cinema and television. She guest starred in an episode of Spin City, then played supporting roles in the films Double Bang and Hollywood Palms. In the same period Elizabeth fought for the role of Alice on the tv series The Beast. She said she auditioned fairly strenuously for it because she felt in love with that part. She worked on the series with her Lost future co-star Naveen Andrews.
In 2002 she returned to collaborate with her partner, Gary Bakewell, as the two of them starred in the made-for-TV movie Man and Boy. If Gia helped boost her profile to people in the entertainment industry, her 2002 role as Principal Carol Newman/Mrs. Claus in Disney’s movie The Santa Clause 2 helped make her a recognized public face, giving the actress plenty of opportunity to explore more high-profile parts.
Disney wanted a bigger name for the role but Tim Allen persisted Elizabeth was perfect for it and the production realized he was right.
She guest starred episodes of both Law & Order: SVU and C.S.I. and then was hired as a regular on The Lyon’s Den, a drama set in a law firm that dealt with the relationships between the clerks and the partners. The show, which the network had high hopes for since it starred ex-West Wing star Rob Lowe, was scraped after NBC aired just the pilot episode, but they filmed 13.
After that she gained guest parts on well-established shows, including Boston Legal, Everwood and House. In 2004 she filmed a pilot for a TV show called Gramercy Park about an actress married to a successful Broadway director who resents the transition to motherhood, but it never got picked up.
Then she played Dale Earnhardt’s third wife in the tv movie 3: The Dale Earnhardt Earnhardt Story.
On June 13, 2004 Elizabeth married Christopher Soldevilla (boyfriend since 2002), and gave birth to C.J. (Christopher Joseph) on September 12, 2005. (Now divorced – August 2013)
In 2006 she got a small dark role as Edele, a paedophile, in the movie Running Scared then worked on a pilot for a series called Haskett’s Chance, but the show never got picked up.
Finally in 2006 Elizabeth landed another breakthrough role on the TV phenomenon, Lost, as the fertility doctor Juliet Burke, one of the most ambiguous characters of television (at least till you know her back-story) who become a fan favourites and one of the most beloved characters of the tv.
She started as one of The Others, and then, during the season, she joined the group of the losties.
In the same year she went back on big screen playing again Mrs. Claus in the sequel The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
Her role on Lost gained her much attention from both critics and audience; from 2006 to 2009 she received 4 nominations for the Saturn Award as the Best Supporting Actress on Television and won in 2008. For the same character she also won the Break Through Award. After Season 5’s finale Juliet’s fate was at stake, she had been let go from Lost, so she took another job, playing the leading role of FBI Agent Erica Evans on V, the reimagining of the 80’ miniseries Visitors. Due to all the support from fans and critics, who want her back for the last season, Lost’s creators called her and asked her to play once again Juliet for the last season.
At the same time she were busy shooting in Vancouver the first season of V, and in Hawaii the first and last episodes of Lost season 6. Her performance in “The End”, the series finale, made her earn an Emmy nomination as best guest star on television in 2010.
After shooting the second season of V, in March 2011 Elizabeth worked alongside Jeremy Irons as guest star in an episode of Law and Order: SVU. The series producers wanted to do that episode for years and when they finally wrote it, Elizabeth was their first choice. They needed an actress who was able to go into a very dark place due to the fact that June Frye is a piano teacher accused of raping and killing one of her students.
On May 13, 2011 ABC canceled V, but not before she got another Saturn Award nomination as best leading actress on television.
She played Rachel Matheson in JJ Abrams’ post-apocalyptic series Revolution (2012-2014), role that got her another Saturn Award nomination in 2014. During V and Revolution she also filmed 3 movies; the indi Answers to Nothing (released in theaters on December 2, 2011), the Lifetime movies Prosecuting Casey Anthony (Janurary 2013) and Kristin’s Chrismas Past (November 2013).
After Revolution‘s cancellation, Elizabeth played Ingrid, the Snow Queen, on the popular show Once Upon A Time (2014) and the lead character Carine Strand in the European show Crossing Lines (2015), but she was also a guest star on the Amazon show Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (2015)
In 2016 she filmed “Dead of Summer” (a horror show from the creators of “Once Upon A Time”) where she played Deb Carpenter.
Her latest theatrical movie (2016) is “The Purge: Election Year”, the 3rd film of The Purge saga, which brought in $80 million (8 times its budget) only in USA.
In 2017 she filmed the movie “The Burried Girl” that released in 2020 on digital, DVD and theatres (limited because of covid).
In 2018 she was on the show “The Expanse” as the reverend doctor Anna Volovodov and she filmed the movie “At Last” with Ellen Burstyn.