Elizabeth Mitchell

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Elizabeth Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born (1970-03-27) March 27, 1970 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1992–present
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Spouse(s) Chris Soldevilla (m. 2004–13)
Partner(s) Gary Bakewell (2000-2002)
Children 1

Elizabeth Mitchell (born March 27, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Dr. Juliet Burke on the ABC series Lost.[1] She also had lead roles on the TV series V and Revolution, and recurred as the Snow Queen on Once Upon A Time in late 2014. Mitchell has starred in such films as The Santa Clause 2 & 3, Gia and The Purge: Election Year.

Early life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Los Angeles, California.[2] Her stepfather, Joseph Day Mitchell, and mother, Josephine Marian Mitchell (née Jenkins), are lawyers based in Dallas.[3] Mitchell and her mother moved to Dallas, Texas in 1970, where her mother married Joseph Mitchell in 1975.[4] Mitchell graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a public magnet school. She is the eldest of three sisters, the others being Kristina Helen "Kristie" Mitchell (b. 1977), and Katherine Day "Kate" Mitchell (b. 1981).

She attended Stephens College, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, and then studied at the British American Drama Academy.[5]


Mitchell worked for six years in Dallas Theater Center and a year at Encore Theater.

Mitchell had a recurring role as psychiatrist Dr. Kim Legaspi, the first lesbian lover of Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) during the 2000–01 season of TV series ER. Mitchell played in the 2000 movie Frequency (film) alongside Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. She also played Angelina Jolie's hairdresser/lover in the movie Gia. She also had a one episode role in House M.D. as a patient.

In March 2009, Mitchell was cast in the ABC series V, a remake of the classic science fiction television miniseries. Although ABC and Warner Bros. officials told the magazine she was only cast as a guest star, the announcement led to speculation and concern that Mitchell's character would be killed off at the end of Lost's fifth season,[6] which ended on a cliffhanger that left the fate of her character unknown. Mitchell was later named the lead actress on V.[7][8] Mitchell's character was killed off in the premiere of the sixth (and final) season of Lost, but returned for the two-part series finale.

V lasted for one more season, which premiered on January 4, 2011. Mitchell had a guest starring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2011 where she played June Frye.[9] Mitchell starred in the film, Answers to Nothing in 2011, where she played Kate. In 2012, she joined the cast of the series Revolution as Rachel Matheson, replacing actress Andrea Roth, whom Mitchell had worked with for one episode on Lost. The series premiered on September 17, 2012,[10] and ended in May 2014. She then recurred as the Snow Queen on the TV fantasy series Once Upon A Time in late 2014. In 2016, Mitchell starred at Senator Charlene 'Charlie' Roan in the science-fiction horror film The Purge: Election Year.

Awards and honors[edit]

For her appearance on the series finale of Lost, Mitchell was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with Aventura magazine, Mitchell claimed she was just "a dorky kid" when she left Los Angeles for Dallas:

"I would finish school in Dallas where my mom was going to law school, and she would make sure I got right over to the Theater Center," says Mitchell. "It was magic. I loved every second of being there and wanted to sleep on stage. I knew then I wanted to be an actress."

Mitchell married actor Chris Soldevilla in 2004, with whom she has a son named C.J., who was born in 2005.[11] In 2013 Mitchell and Soldevilla divorced due to irreconcilable differences.

She shares the same birth name as actress Elizabeth Banks, who changed her name to avoid confusion with Elizabeth Mitchell.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Gia Linda Television movie
1999 Molly Beverly Trehare
2000 Frequency Julia 'Jules' Sullivan
2000 Nurse Betty Chloe Jensen
2000 Linda McCartney Story, TheThe Linda McCartney Story Linda McCartney Television movie
2001 Hollywood Palms Blair
2001 Double Bang Dr. Karen Winterman
2002 The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause Carol Newman / Mrs. Claus
2002 Man and Boy Cyd Mason Television movie
2004 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Teresa Earnhardt Television movie
2006 Running Scared Edele Hansel
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Mrs. Claus / Carol Newman-Calvin
2011 Answers to Nothing Kate[12]
2013 Prosecuting Casey Anthony Linda Drane Burdick Television movie
2013 Kristin's Christmas Past Barbara Cartwell Television movie
2016 The Purge: Election Year Charlene 'Charlie' Roan


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dangerous Curves Bethanny Haines Episode: "Rainbow Serpent"
1994–1995 Loving Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden McKenzie #2 Unknown episodes
1996 L.A. Firefighters Laura Malloy 6 episodes
1996 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Wendy Hawthorne Episode: "True Crime"
1997 JAG Lt. Sandra Gilbert Episode: "The Court-Martial of Sandra Gilbert"
1997 Comfort, Texas Trudy Unsold TV pilot
1998 Significant Others Jane Chasen 6 episodes
1999–2000 Time of Your Life Ashley Holloway 4 episodes
2000–2001 E.R. Dr. Kim Legaspi 14 episodes
2001 Beast, TheThe Beast Alice Allenby Episode: "The Price"
2001 Spin City Nancy Wheeler Episode: "Fight Club"
2003 Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's Den Ariel Saxon 7 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Andrea Brown Episode: "Mercy"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melissa Winters Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
2004 Grammercy Park Taylor Elliot Quinn Unsold TV pilot
2004 Everwood Sara Beck Episode: "Staking Claim"
2004 Boston Legal Christine Pauley 2 episodes
2004 House Sister Mary Augustine Episode: "Damned If You Do"
2006 Haskett's Chance Ann Haskett Unsold TV pilot
2006–2010 Lost Dr. Juliet Burke Starring Role
55 episodes
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2007–09)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2007, 2009–10)
2007–2008 Lost: Missing Pieces Dr. Juliet Burke 4 episodes
2009–2011 V Erica Evans Lead Role
22 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit June Frye Episode: "Totem"
2012–2014 Revolution Rachel Matheson Lead Role
42 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2014 Once Upon a Time Ingrid the Snow Queen/Sarah Fisher Guest Role
10 episodes
2015–present Crossing Lines Carine Strand Lead Role
2016-present Dead of Summer Deb Lead Role
Filming to begin March 2016


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Amateurs Jennifer
1994 Red Channels Shelia Harcourt
1995 Three Tall Women C
1999 Absolution Gordon's Wife
2008 A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Lost Nominated
2007 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2008 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Won[A]
2009 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television V Nominated
2014 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Revolution Nominated


  1. ^ 'Lost' scoop: Juliet mystery (sort of) solved | Inside TV | EW.com
  2. ^ State of California. California Birth Index, 1805–1995. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Mitchell Biography (1970–)
  4. ^ Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Marriage Index, 1966–2002. Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas.
  5. ^ "Southern Beauty Magazine " Elizabeth Mitchell". www.sobeautymag.com. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2009-03-20). "Exclusive: Elizabeth Mitchell trading "Lost" for "V"?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  7. ^ McPherson, Stephen (May 19, 2009). "ABC Unveils 2009–2010 Primetime Schedule" (PDF). ABC Medianet. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 11, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 18, 2009). "Lost scoop: Juliet mystery (sort of) solved". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ Keck, William (March 7, 2011). "Keck's Exclusives: Elizabeth Mitchell Turns Evil on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 30, 2012). "'Revolution's' 'Lost' Reunion: Elizabeth Mitchell Joins J.J. Abrams Drama as Series Regular". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Monica Rizzo (2008-02-18). "Lost's Mystery Woman Elizabeth Mitchell". People. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  12. ^ Movies – News – 'V' star joins cast of 'Answers' – Digital Spy

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