Elisabeth Moss

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Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
At the Paley Center, 2014
Born Elisabeth Singleton Moss
(1982-07-24) July 24, 1982 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Religion Scientology
Spouse(s) Fred Armisen
(m. 2009–11)

Elisabeth Singleton Moss[1] (born July 24, 1982)[2] is an American actor, known for her roles as Zoey Bartlet, the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet, on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999–2006); Peggy Olson, secretary-turned-copywriter on the AMC series, Mad Men (2007–2015), which earned her six Emmy Awards nominations and one Golden Globe nomination; and Det. Robin Griffin in the BBC miniseries Top of the Lake (2013), the last of which won her a Golden Globe and Satellite Awards for Best Actress in a Miniseries and/or TV film.

Early life and career[edit]

Elisabeth Moss was born in 1982 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of musicians. She was first seen onscreen in 1990, when she appeared in the NBC miniseries Lucky/Chances.[3]

From 1992 until 1995, Moss appeared in seven episodes of the TV series Picket Fences, as Cynthia Parks.[3] Moss provided the voice of Holly DeCarlo, a main character in the TV special Frosty Returns (1992) and of Michelle in the animated film Once Upon a Forest (1993). She appeared in the television remake of the 1993 film Gypsy (2013) and played Harvey Keitel's younger daughter in the film Imaginary Crimes (1994). The following year, she appeared in the remake of the Walt Disney Pictures film Escape to Witch Mountain (1995) and played a young Ashley Judd in the TV-movie biopic Love Can Build A Bridge (1995).[3]

At the International Press Academy's 12th Annual Satellite Awards, December 2007

From 1999 to 2006, she played Zoey Bartlet in 25 episodes of the White House TV drama The West Wing.[3] In 1999, she had a supporting role as a patient in a mental institution in Girl, Interrupted, opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.[3] That same year, she had a small role as Katie Brockett in the movie Mumford, playing the daughter of a woman with a shopping addiction.

Moss went on to do Heart of America and three other films in 2004. That year, she also made the movie Virgin,[3] for which she was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award. She also appeared in the film Day Zero.

She had a role in the 2005–2006 science fiction series Invasion,[3] and a 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy entitled "My Favorite Mistake".[4]

Moss with then-husband Fred Armisen at the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009

From 2007-2015, she played Peggy Olson, secretary-turned-copywriter in the AMC dramatic series Mad Men. In 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, Moss was nominated for an Emmy[5] for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[6][7] In 2010, she was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy.[8]

Moss made her Broadway début in October 2008, playing the role of Karen in the 20th Anniversary revival of Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet.[9] She also starred in the 2008 horror film The Attic, and appeared in Did You Hear About the Morgans?, playing Sarah Jessica Parker's assistant.[10] Moss's West End début was as Martha Dobie in Lillian Hellman's play The Children's Hour, which opened at The Comedy Theatre, London on January 22, 2011.[11]

Moss played detective Robin Griffin in the 2013 Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake, a co-production by the Sundance Channel, the UK's BBC Two and Australia's UKTV. It was written and directed by Oscar-winner Jane Campion.[12][13] For her role, Moss received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film.

It was announced in June 2014 that Moss would join the cast of the upcoming film High Rise directed by Ben Wheatley. It is set to release sometime in 2015.[14]

In September 2014 it was announced that Moss would star on Broadway as Heidi Holland in The Heidi Chronicles.[15] The play opened on March 19, 2015.[16] Though the play received some positive reviews,[16] it closed on May 3, 2015 due to low ticket sales.[17] Moss was nominated for a Tony Award for her role.[18]

Personal life[edit]

After meeting Fred Armisen in October 2008,[19] Moss and he became engaged, in January 2009.[20] They wed on October 25, 2009, in Long Island City, New York.[21] Moss and Armisen separated in June 2010,[22] and in September, Moss filed for divorce,[22] which was finalized on May 13, 2011.[23]

Moss is a Scientologist.[24]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Suburban Commando Little Girl
1993 Once Upon a Forest Michelle (voice)
1993 Recycle Rex (voice) Short film
1994 Imaginary Crimes Greta Weiler
1995 Separate Lives Ronni Beckwith
1995 Last Supper, TheThe Last Supper Jenny Tyler
1997 Thousand Acres, AA Thousand Acres Linda
1998 Angelmaker Little Turcott Short film
1999 The Joyriders Jodi
1999 Mumford Katie Brockett
1999 Anywhere but Here Rachel
1999 Girl, Interrupted Polly 'Torch' Clark
2002 West of Here Cherise
2002 Heart of America Robin Walters
2003 Temptation Wind / Morgan
2003 Virgin Jessie Reynolds
2003 Missing, TheThe Missing Anne
2005 Bittersweet Place Paulie Schaffer
2007 Attic, TheThe Attic Emma Callan Video
2007 They Never Found Her Anna Short film
2007 Day Zero Patricia
2007 Honored Katie Short film
2008 El camino Lily
2008 New Orleans, Mon Amour Hyde
2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans? Jackie Drake
2010 Buddy Story, AA Buddy Story Susan
2010 Get Him to the Greek Daphne Binks
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Arisia Rrab (voice) Video
2012 Smoking/Non-Smoking Diana Whelan
2012 Darling Companion Grace Winter
2012 On the Road Galatea Dunkel
2014 Listen Up Philip Ashley
2014 The One I Love Sophie
2015 Queen of Earth Catherine
2015 Meadowland Shannon
2015 Truth Lucy Scott Post-production
2015 High-Rise Helen Wilder Post-production
2016 The Seagull Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Bar Girls Robin TV movie
1990 Lucky Chances Lucky - Age 6 TV miniseries
1991 Anything but Love Episode: "A Tale of Two Kiddies"
1992 Midnight's Child Christina TV movie
1992 Frosty Returns Holly (voice) TV short
1992–95 Picket Fences Cynthia Parks 7 episodes
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Kimmy Ventrix (voice) Episode: "See No Evil"
1993 Johnny Bago Agnes Episode: "Hail the Conquering Marrow"
1993 Animaniacs Katrina (voice) Episode: "O Silly Mio/Puttin' on the Blitz/The Great Wakkorotti"
1993 Gypsy Baby Louise TV movie
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Anna Disney Channel TV movie
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Early Teen Ashley Judd TV movie
1995 Freakazoid! Kathy / Additional Voices Episode: "Candle Jack/Toby Danger in Doomsday Bet/The Lobe"
1996 It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown Girl Player (voice) TV short
1999 Earthly Possessions Mindy TV movie
1999–2006 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Zoey Bartlet 25 episodes
2001 Spirit Kelly TV movie
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Jessica Palmer Episode: "Rape Shield"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Katie Nevins Episode: "Baby Boom"
2005–06 Invasion Christina 5 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Rebecca Colemar Episode: "The Good"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Nina Rogerson Episode: "My Favorite Mistake"
2007 Medium Haley Heffernan / Jennie Episode: "No One to Watch Over Me"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Nikki Drake Episode: "Unhappy Medium"
2007–15 Mad Men Peggy Olson Lead role
2008 Fear Itself Danny Bannerman Episode: "Eater"
2008 Saturday Night Live Peggy Olson (uncredited) Episode: "Jon Hamm/Coldplay"
2009 Mercy Lucy Morton Episode: "The Last Thing I Said Was"
2013 Top of the Lake Robin Griffin Lead role
2013 The Simpsons Gretchen Episode: "Labor Pains"
Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2008 Speed-the-Plow Karen Ethel Barrymore Theatre
2011 The Children's Hour Martha Dobie The Comedy Theatre
2015 The Heidi Chronicles Heidi Holland Music Box Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Production Result
2001 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress The West Wing Nominated
2004 Director's Choice Award Best Actress Virgin Won
Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2009 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Series, Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2010 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Golden Nymph Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Nominated
2011 Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
PRISM Award Performance in a Drama Series Episode Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Actress Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Actress Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Actress Nominated
Best Movie/Miniseries Actress Top of the Lake Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Top of the Lake Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie Won
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Equity Ensemble Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Miniseries or Telemovie Won
2015 Tony Awards Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play The Heidi Chronicles Nominated
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Pending


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  2. ^ "Elisabeth Moss". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
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  4. ^ "My Favorite Mistake". TV.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Elisabeth Moss Emmy Nominated
  6. ^ "Emmy nominations". Emmys. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Nominations Released for Prime-Time Emmys" July 14, 2011, New York Times
  8. ^ "2010 Primetime Emmy Nominations". 
  9. ^ "Elisabeth Moss Joins 'Speed-The-Plow' Cast 2008/07/22". Broadway World. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  10. ^ Scheck, Frank. (TV channel)|y "Did You Hear About the Morgans? – Film Review", Hollywood Reporter, December 15, 2009
  11. ^ "Children's Hour". Ambassadortickets. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Mad Woman, Bad Girl". New York Post. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  13. ^ SundanceChannel.com
  14. ^ Leo Barraclough. "Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss Join Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Michael Gioia. "Elisabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham, Jason Biggs Set for Broadway Revival of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles". 
  16. ^ a b Isherwood, Charles (March 19, 2015). "Review: ‘The Heidi Chronicles,’ With Elisabeth Moss, Opens on Broadway". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (April 22, 2015). "'The Heidi Chronicles' with Elisabeth Moss closes early". Crain's New York Business. 
  18. ^ Schulte-Hillen, Sophie (June 8, 2015). "Getting Ready for the Tonys With Elisabeth Moss". Vogue. 
  19. ^ Barnes, Brooks (June 5, 2009). "She’s Nothing Like Peggy, or Is She?". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "Mad Men Actress and SNL Star Are Engaged". People. January 23, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss Marries SNL's Fred Armisen". People. October 26, 2009. 
  22. ^ a b Oh, Eunice (2010-09-20). "Elisabeth Moss Files for Divorce from Fred Armisen". People. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  23. ^ "Elisabeth Moss, Fred Armisen divorce official". MSNBC. May 19, 2011. 
  24. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2009-06-05). "She’s Nothing Like Peggy, or Is She?". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

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