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Elizabeth Banks stars in "30 Rock" on NBC in the recurring role of Avery Jessup. She earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance.

On the big screen, Banks stars in Lionsgate's motherhood comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting." She portrays an author of a children's book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique, who is militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time. The film, directed by Kirk Jones, is based on Heidi Murkoff's bestseller, and the ensemble cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid.

Banks also stars in DreamWorks Pictures' "People Like Us," in which she stars opposite Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film follows a businessman (Pine) who returns home after his estranged father's death and discovers that he has an alcoholic sister (Banks) with a 12-year-old son.

Banks was recently seen in Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," as Effie Trinket. The film, based on the first novel of 20 Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and tells the story of a 16-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual televised event called the Hunger Games. Effie is a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes mentor to Katniss.

Banks will next be seen in Universal Pictures' college a cappella group comedy "Pitch Perfect," which she is producing with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company, Brownstone Productions. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson.

Elizabeth Banks has become one of Hollywood's most sought after and versatile actresses, moving effortlessly between comedy and drama, film and television, and now also taking on a role as a producer.

She was recently seen starring opposite Sam Worthington and Jamie Bell in "Man on a Ledge" and opposite Russell Crowe in "The Next Three Days," directed by Paul Haggis. In August 2011, she was seen in "Our Idiot Brother" opposite Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel. Both that film and "The Details" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and were purchased for distribution by The Weinstein Company. In "The Details," she stars as Nealy Lang, whose husband's (Tobey Maguire) efforts to rid his backyard of lawn-destroying raccoons somehow leads him down a path with disastrous results.

In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as First Lady Laura Bush opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone's "W." The impressive cast included James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. In Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," Banks (Miri) and Zack (Seth) played two broke friends who decide to cure their financial ills by making an X-rated movie.

Banks' additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the award Academy Award-winning films "Seabiscuit," in which she starred as Marcela Howard opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can." She has also appeared in "Role Models," "Meet Dave," "Invincible," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Fred Claus," "Sisters," "Slither," "Heights," "The Baxter," "The Trade," "Ordinary Sinner," "The Uninvited," "Daltry Calhoun," "Sexual Life," John Singleton's "Shaft" with Samuel L. Jackson and cult hit "Wet Hot American Summer," starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She also appeared as journalist Betty Brant, a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in Columbia Pictures' three blockbuster "Spider-Man" films with Tobey Maguire as the title character.

On the small screen, Banks has appeared on ABC's "Modern Family" and in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Porter on NBC's "Scrubs." In 2007 she appeared in the CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon," which is Larry McMurtry's popular prequel to "Lonesome Dove." Banks also produced Disney's 2009 sci-fi thriller "The Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis, through her company Brownstone Productions.

Upcoming projects for Brownstone, which Banks runs with her husband Max Handelman, include "Tink," a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of Tinkerbell; "Forever 21," a DreamWorks comedy which Banks will star in and produce; "Too Far from Home," a Universal film about three astronauts who were stranded on the international space station; and the college a cappella group comedy "Pitch Perfect."

Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer & Smoke," directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop," as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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How tall is Elizabeth Banks? How old is Elizabeth Banks? Where does Elizabeth Banks live? Find out here.

Age: 42 years old
Birthday: February 10, 1974
Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
Birthplace: Pittsfield, MA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Max Handelman (7/5/2003, 1 child)

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