Like her character Countess Cora Crawley, actress Elizabeth McGovern is one of the only Americans on set at Downton Abbey. The Illinois-born actress has appeared in a variety of productions including an Academy Award-nominated performance in the 1981 film Ragtime. When not filming, Elizabeth fronts the band Sadie and the Hotheads. Sometimes, her onscreen daughter Michelle Dockery even joins in.
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois. Has lived in London for more than 20 years.
Birthday: July 18, 1961
Marital status: Married to English producer Simon Curtis since December 12, 1992. The couple have two children. Previously engaged to actor Sean Penn.