Elizabeth Henstridge

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Elizabeth Henstridge
Elizabeth Henstridge - PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Henstridge at the 2014 PaleyFest
Born Elizabeth Frances Henstridge
(1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 28)
Sheffield, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present

Elizabeth Frances Henstridge (born 11 September 1987)[1] is an English actress best known for her role in ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Jemma Simmons.

Early life[edit]

Henstridge was born in Sheffield, England, attending Meadowhead School and then King Edward VII School before graduating from the University of Birmingham. She studied at East 15 Acting School and later moved to Los Angeles.[2]


She was cast as lead in 2012 The CW TV pilot Shelter,[3] and co-starred in feature films The Thompsons, Gangs of Tooting Broadway, and Reach Me. On British television, she appeared on the soap opera Hollyoaks as Emily Alexander in 2011.[4]

In November 2012, Henstridge was cast as Agent Jemma Simmons, a series regular character in the ABC pilot Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[5][6][7] The series was officially ordered on 10 May 2013, and premiered on ABC television on 24 September 2013.[citation needed]


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 Kid Short film
2012 The Thompsons Riley Stuart
2013 Gangs of Tooting Broadway Kate
2013 Delicacy The Virgin Short film
2014 Reach Me Eve


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Hollyoaks Emily Alexander 2 episodes
2012 Shelter Grace Unaired CW pilot
2013–present Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jemma Simmons Main cast
52 episodes
2014 Film School Shorts The Virgin 1 episode: "Sugar & Spice"
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Princess (voice) 1 episode: "That Purple Girl"
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister 6 Jemma Simmons (voice)


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge Biography". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast & Stars - ABC.com". Abc.go.com. 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "CW's 'Shelter' Books First Cast - Elizabeth Henstridge Joins JJ Abrams Drama". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  4. ^ Published Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11:12 BST (2011-05-25). "McQueen guest hopes for 'Hollyoaks' return - Hollyoaks News - Soaps". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Adds Two Agents (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  6. ^ Bierly, Mandi (2012-11-13). "'S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot adds two new agents | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker Cast on S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot". TV Fanatic. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 

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