Elisa Donovan

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Elisa Donovan
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Donovan at the "Remember to Give" Holiday Party on December 13, 2007
Born Lisa Adaline Donovan
(1971-02-03) February 3, 1971 (age 44)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, writer, producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Charlie Bigelow (m. 2012)
Children Scarlett Bigelow

Elisa Donovan (born Lisa Adaline Donovan; February 3, 1971) is an American actress, writer, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Elisa was born Lisa Adaline Donovan in Poughkeepsie, New York, the daughter of Charlotte and Jack Donovan, who was a business executive.[1] She later changed her first name to "Elisa" when she had to join the stage union, Actor's Equity, because there was already an actress in that union named Lisa Donovan.[citation needed] She grew up on Long Island where she was an accomplished gymnast, dancer and equestrian. She began studying acting at age 12. She attended The New School, in New York City, where she studied writing, literature and acting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and got her first sitcom role as Tanya on Blossom.[citation needed]


Donovan's major breakthrough role was in the 1995 film Clueless as Amber, Cher's nemesis. Donovan also reprised her role in the television series of the same name. Other notable roles included the film A Night at the Roxbury, Beverly Hills, 90210 as Ginger LaMonica and playing Morgan Cavanaugh on the television sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She also played Sharona on Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance, and has appeared in the films Complacent, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, and its sequel The Dog Who Saved the Holidays. Donovan starred in the web series, The Lake on TheWB.com.[2] Additionally, Donovan played Gayle, an insurance agent in the small town of Maple Grove, in the web series In Gayle We Trust on NBC.com.[3]

Donovan also had a role in the film A Golden Christmas, where she played Anna, the sister of the main character.

In 2006 she played a guest role in the NCIS episode "Dead and Unburied".[4]

She was also featured in 'N Sync's 1999 music video for "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)" as the love interest for Joey Fatone.

Personal life[edit]

Donovan has been married to her husband Charlie Bigelow since October 20, 2012. They have a daughter named Scarlett Avery Bigelow (born May 8, 2012).


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Café Babel Lover (she) Short film
1995 Clueless Amber Mariens
1996 Encino Woman Ivana Television film
1997 Justice League of America Cheryl Television film
1998 Night at the Roxbury, AA Night at the Roxbury Cambi
1999 Pop Nora
1999 15 Minutes E.D Short film
1999 Loving Jezebel Salli
2000 Best Actress Lori Seefer Television film
2001 Rebound Guy Alexandra Short film
2001 Liars Club Mae
2002 Wolves of Wall Street Annabella Morris
2004 Bandwagon Elisa Donovan
2004 Eve's Christmas Eve Television film
2006 National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Susie
2006 Bliss, TheThe Bliss Martina
2006 Kiss Me Again Malika
2007 Framed for Murder June Baldwin Television film
2007 Betrayals Carson O'Conner Television film
2008 15 Minutes of Fame Red
2008 Shark Swarm Brenda Television film
2009 Dog Who Saved Christmas, TheThe Dog Who Saved Christmas Belinda Bannister Television film
2009 Golden Christmas, AA Golden Christmas Anna Television film
2010 Complacent Jennifer Pulchek
2010 Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation, TheThe Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Belinda Bannister Television film
2011 Chasing Happiness Jen
2011 Valentine's Date, AA Valentine's Date Laura Conners Television film
2011 Dog Who Saved Halloween, TheThe Dog Who Saved Halloween Belinda Bannister Television film
2011 Spooky Buddies Janice Direct-to-DVD
2011 12 Wishes of Christmas Laura Lindsey Television film
2012 Dog Who Saved the Holidays, TheThe Dog Who Saved the Holidays Belinda Bannister Television film
2012 MoniKa Andrea
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Blossom Tanya 2 episodes
1995–1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ginger LaMonica 4 episodes
1995 Renegade Tina Douglas Episode: "The Ballad of D.B. Cooper"
1995 Simon Holly Episode: "Simon Gets Carl a Job"
1996–1999 Clueless Amber Mariens Main cast
1999 Oh Baby Jennifer Episode: "Sitting on Babies"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Amber Episode: "Jack Gets Tough"
2000 Jack & Jill Annie 2 episodes
2000–2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Morgan Cavanaugh Main cast (seasons 5–7); 54 episodes
2001 Spyder Games Gail Sanders Episode #1.43
2004 Judging Amy Shelby Crawford 2 episodes
2006 NCIS Rebecca Kemp Episode: "Dead and Unburied"
2009 Sonny with a Chance Sharona Episode: "Poll'd Apart"
2014 Melissa & Joey Darcy Episode: "Catch & Release"
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Turbo Dates N/A Episode: "3:10 to Puma"
2009 Lake, TheThe Lake Leslie Main cast
2009–2011 In Gayle We Trust Gayle Evans Main cast; also producer
2012 Whole Day Down Nadine Main cast; 4 episodes


  1. ^ "Elisa Donovan Biography (1971-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  2. ^ "The WB can only be viewed in the United States". Thewb.com. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  3. ^ "NBC Official Site". In Gayle We Trust. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  4. ^ "NCIS: Dead and Unburied Cast List". Tv.com. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 

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