More Elizabeth Banks Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Fred Claus)Elizabeth Banks is a talented actress and emerging producer, who recently co-founded Brownstone Productions. She was last seen on the big screen reprising her role as journalist Betty Brant in this summer's action blockbuster Spider-Man 3. Banks appeared in both of the previous Spider-Man films in the role director Sam Raimi created for her. Following Fred Claus, Banks will star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Rachel Weisz in the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, set for a February 2008 release. She will also star opposite Eddie Murphy in the sci-fi comedy Starship Dave. Banks recently wrapped production on A Tale of Two Sisters, a remake of the 2003 Korean thriller. She also stars in the upcoming comedy Bill, opposite Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba.
As a producer, Banks is currently in development on several projects, including the comedy What About Barb, a story about a socialite who must allow her cousin to be maid of honor so her rich uncle will pay for the wedding; The Surrogates, a sci-fi feature based on the graphic novel; and Too Far from Home, an adaptation of the Chris Jones novel about three astronauts who were stranded on the international space station.
Last year, Banks starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear in the sports drama Invincible, which opened number one at the box office. In 2005, Banks made a memorable turn in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin as a playful bookstore employee who tries to seduce Steve Carell's title character. Her other recent credits include The Sisters, opposite Maria Bello and Eric McCormack, and the comedy horror Slither.
Banks shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the ensemble cast of the 2003 drama Seabiscuit. Her additional film credits include Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can; Daltry Calhoun, with Johnny Knoxville; Heights, opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden; Sexual Life; The Baxter; Shaft, with Samuel L. Jackson; and Wet Hot American Summer. Banks has also appeared in the indie features The Trade and Ordinary Sinner, which won the Best Film Award at the 2002 Slamdunk Film Festival in Park City.
On television, Banks has a recurring role on NBC's Scrubs. She will also be seen in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon, which is scheduled to air in late December.
For the stage, Banks' theater credits include American Conservatory Theatre's productions of Hurlyburly, Bethlehem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Woman of No Importance and Uncle Vanya, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of Summer & Smoke, directed by David Esbjornson, and William Inge's comedy Bus Stop at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Fred Claus" (10-Nov-2007)
Biography #3 (for Seabiscuit)Elizabeth Banks' natural talent, striking presence and undeniable energy are quickly earning her a reputation as one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood.
Banks most recently appeared in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed Catch Me If You Can. The film, based on the true story of young con artist Frank Abagnale, starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Banks plays a bank teller who is unwittingly instrumental in teaching Frank some tricks of the con-artistry trade.
Banks appeared in two other major motion pictures in 2002: she co-starred with Madonna, Jeanne Tripplehom and Bruce Greenwood in Guy Ritchie's Swept Away, the story of a group of socialites whose boating trip goes awry; she also appeared as Betty Brant (a role director Sam Raimi created for her) in the box office hit Spider-Man. The film about the iconic web-spinning hero starred Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe and Kirsten Dunst.
Banks' additional feature credits include roles in John Singleton's Shaft, with Samuel L. Jackson, and Wet Hot American Summer, starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She has also appeared in several independent features, including The Trade and Ordinary Sinner, which won the Best Film Award at the 2002 Slamdunk Film Festival in Sundance.
On the small screen, Banks has appeared in several guest-starring roles, including a highly acclaimed performance in Law & Order: SYU, HBO's Sex and the City and NBC's Third Watch.
Her extensive theater credits include roles in American Conservatory Theater's productions of Hurly Burly, Bethlehem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Woman of No Importance and Uncle Yanya, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of Summer & Smoke, directed by David Esbjornson.
Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her graduate degree at the American Conservatory Theater. Banks currently resides in Los Angeles.
Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Seabiscuit" (27-Jul-2003)