Elizabeth Henstridge

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Elizabeth Henstridge
Elizabeth Henstridge - PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Henstridge at PaleyFest 2014
Elizabeth Frances Henstridge

(1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 35)[1]
  • Actress
  • model
  • director
Years active2010–present
(m. 2021)

Elizabeth Frances Henstridge[3] (born 11 September 1987) is an English actress, model and director. She is best known for starring as Jemma Simmons in the ABC superhero action drama series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020), set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Early life[edit]

Henstridge was born in Sheffield, England, attending Meadowhead School and King Edward VII School. Henstridge has two sisters. She is of English and Irish descent. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009.[3] She studied at East 15 Acting School and later moved to Los Angeles.[4]


Henstridge made her professional acting debut in the 2010 short film Easy Under the Apple Bough. She made her television debut in 2011, appearing as Emily Alexander in the long-running British soap opera Hollyoaks.[5] She starred in the short film And the Kid, which she also composed.

Henstridge was cast in the lead role of the 2012 The CW pilot Shelter, which was not picked up to series.[6] She went on to co-star in the horror film The Thompsons (2012), the crime drama film Gangs of Tooting Broadway (2013), and the ensemble drama film Reach Me (2014).

In November 2012, Henstridge was cast as Agent Jemma Simmons, a series regular character in the ABC superhero action drama series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[7][8][9] The series was ordered on 10 May 2013, and premiered on ABC on 24 September 2013.[10]

Henstridge in 2016

For her role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she gained further recognition and acclaim from critics. In 2015, Henstridge received positive reviews for her performance in "4,722 Hours", the fifth episode of the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In contrast to the ensemble nature of the series, the episode contained none (except Iain De Caestecker) of the main cast and was centered around Henstridge's character. The episode's positive critical response focused praise on the bottle episode nature and Henstridge's performance. It was later named one of the best television episodes of 2015 by The Atlantic.[11]

In 2016, Henstridge reprised the role of Jemma Simmons in animated form in an episode of the Disney XD superhero series Ultimate Spider-Man.[12][13] That same year, she was cast as Abigail Folger in the horror film Wolves at the Door, loosely based on the infamous Manson Family's murders.[14] The film was released Direct-to-DVD in the United States on 18 April 2017.

In 2019, Henstridge starred as Jessica Cooper in the Hallmark Channel Christmas romantic comedy film Christmas at the Plaza.[15] In March 2020, it was announced that she was cast in a leading role in the Apple TV+ drama thriller series Suspicion, alongside Uma Thurman.[16] Henstridge plays Tara, a junior research fellow at Oxford and one of the suspects in the Leo Newman case.

As well as this, Henstridge has also starred in the short film The Imperfect Picture as Anna, and has done more directing. A short film she directed, Air, is now debuting in the festival circuit. In 2019, it was revealed that she was involved in an untitled superhero film that she starred, directed, wrote and produced.

On 7 December 2021, it was announced that she will be directing an episode of the CW's Superman & Lois, which will air in 2022.

Personal life[edit]

Henstridge has been in a relationship with actor and online influencer Zachary Abel since 2012. They met on the set of Shelter. On 22 April 2019, she announced their engagement with an Instagram post.[17]

The two were married in England in August 2021.[18]

Henstridge has a dog named Maggie, and she supports Smile Train, a charity organization.[19]


Henstridge at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Easy Under the Apple Bough Farmer's Daughter Short film
2011 And the Kid Girl
2012 The Thompsons Riley Stuart
Delicacy The Virgin Short film
2013 Gangs of Tooting Broadway Kate
2014 Reach Me Eve
2016 Wolves at the Door Abigail Folger


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Hollyoaks Emily Alexander 3 episodes
2012 Shelter Grace Unaired CW pilot
2013–2020 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jemma Simmons Main role; 135 episodes
Also directed episode: "As I Have Always Been"
2014 Film School Shorts The Virgin Episode: "Sugar & Spice"
2015–2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Princess (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Jemma Simmons (voice) Episode: "Lizards"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot Jemma Simmons Episode: "Progress"
2017 Temporary Emily Episode: "Poe Fashion"
2019 Christmas at the Plaza Jessica Cooper Television film
2022 Suspicion Tara Main cast
Superman & Lois N/A Director; Episode: "Anti-Hero"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "4,722 Hours" Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Won
2017 Performance in "Self Control" (shared with Iain De Caestecker) Nominated
2019 Performance in "Inescapable" (shared with Iain De Caestecker) Won
2020 Performance in "The End Is at Hand"/"What We're Fighting For"


  1. ^ Jirak, Jamie (12 September 2019). "Agents of SHIELD Stars Post Sweet Photos in Honor of Elizabeth Henstridge's Birthday". comicbook.com.
  2. ^ Kaitlyn (23 August 2021). "Elizabeth Henstridge and Zachary Burr Abel from 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Tie the Knot with Cast in Attendance". chipandco.com. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Elizabeth Henstridge profile". TV Guide. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast & Stars". ABC. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  5. ^ Staff (25 May 2011). "McQueen guest hopes for 'Hollyoaks' return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (12 March 2012). "Elizabeth Henstridge Joins JJ Abrams Drama". Deadline.com. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Adds Two Agents (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  8. ^ Bierly, Mandi (13 November 2012). "'S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot adds two new agents". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker Cast on S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot". TV Fanatic. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  10. ^ Souppporis, Aaron (17 July 2013). "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' will debut on September 24th". The Verge. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  11. ^ "The Best Television Episodes of 2015". The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  12. ^ Cavanaugh, Patrick (11 July 2015). "SDCC 2015: Celebrate the World of Marvel Animation". Marvel.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  13. ^ Prudom, Laura (8 March 2016). "Watch: 'Agents of SHIELD' Favorites Fitz and Simmons Get Animated for 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man'". Variety. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  14. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (8 May 2015). "Katie Cassidy Joins New Line Period Thriller 'The Wolves at the Door'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Christmas at the Plaza". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  16. ^ White, Peter (11 March 2020). "Uma Thurman To Headline Apple Drama Series 'Suspicion', Based on Israeli Thriller 'False Flag'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Elizabeth Henstridge Is Engaged to Zachary Burr Abel – See Her Gorgeous Ring!". People. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  18. ^ Kaitlyn (23 August 2021). "Elizabeth Henstridge and Zachary Burr Abel from 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Tie the Knot with Cast in Attendance". chipandco.com. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  19. ^ blawson (30 September 2016). "Elizabeth Henstridge and Zachary Abel Visit Local Smile Train Partners". Smile Train. Archived from the original on 24 May 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2017.

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