Not all famous people have had it all delivered on a plate. Some of them, like Elizabeth Mitchell, have worked hard to reach fame. Who is Dr. Juliet Burke from “Lost” in real life? How did she get her breakthrough role, and who is the man who won her heart?
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Early life and Education
Elizabeth Mitchell was born as Elizabeth Joanna Robertson on 27 March 1970 in Los Angeles, California USA. Her mother is Josephine Marian Mitchell, who worked as a lawyer. Because of Josephine’s job, the two moved to Dallas, Texas in 1970, where Josephine met Joseph Day Mitchell, who was also a lawyer; the two married in 1975, and Elizabeth took her stepfather’s last name.
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In 1978 and 1981, Mitchell’s half-sisters, Kristina Helen ‘Kristie’ Mitchell and Katherine Day ‘Kate’ Mitchell were born.
Mitchell attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual arts located in Dallas, Texas, together with the future musician, Ray Hargrove. After matriculating, she enrolled at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. After that, she briefly moved to Europe where she continued her acting studies at the British American Drama Academy.
Mitchell started her acting career in several theatre productions, such as “As You Like It”, “Measure for Measure”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Baby and Chicago”.
Despite briefly appearing in TV series “Loving” when she was just 13 years old, Mitchell’s ‘real’ TV debut happened in 1993, when she portrayed Bethanny Haines in an episode of the action TV series, “Dangerous Curves”. Her first bigger role came in 1996 when she landed the part of Laura Malloy in another action TV series, “L.A. Firefighters”. In the next two years, she had minor roles in the series “JAG” and “The Sentinel”.
In 1998 she portrayed the recurring character Jane Chasen in the mini-series “Significant Others”, and the same year played Angelina Jolie’s hairdresser in the movie “Gia”.
The next year she had her first major feature film role in the comedy movie “Molly”, and in 2000 appeared in movies “Frequency” – she broke her nose during the filming – as well as in “Nurse Betty”. She starred in the TV movie “The Linda McCartney Story”, portraying the first wife of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who was played by Gary Bakewell.
Mitchell’s next prominent role also came in 2000, when she portrayed Dr. Kim Legaspi, the lover of Laura Innes’ character, in the famous TV series “ER”, remaining on the show for two seasons. In 2001, she had the recurring role as Alice Allenby in the TV series “The Beast”, and in the following few years she appeared in several films, most notably “Double Bang”, “Hollywood Palms” and “The Santa Clause 2”.
She also portrayed Ariel Saxon in the first season of drama TV series “The Lyon’s Den”, and made a guest appearance in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in an episode from 2003.
2004 was a successful year for Mitchell, as she was in a number of TV series, most notably in “Everwood”, “Boston Legal” and “House”. She was also in TV movies “3: The Dale Earnhardt Story” and “Gramercy Park”.
In 2006, she was cast as Dr. Juliet Burke in the hit survival TV series “Lost”, and remained in the show for 55 episodes until her departure in 2010. She also reprised the character in the spin-off mini-series “Lost: Missing Pieces”.
From 2009 to 2011, Mitchell starred in the sci-fi TV series “V”, then after the show ended, she appeared in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, guest-starring as the character June Frye.
From 2012, she portrayed the recurring character Rachel Matheson in “Revolution”, an adventure series about survival in the time of a global power blackout, remaining in the show until it ended in 2014. That same year she landed another prominent role, this time in the fantasy TV series “Once Upon a Time”, in which she portrayed Ingrid, the Snow Queen.
Mitchell appeared next to Tom Wlaschiha in the last season of TV series “Crossing Lines” in 2015. The next year she portrayed Senator Charlie Roan in the film called “The Purge: Election Year”, and later that year joined the main cast of the TV series “Dead of Summer”, but the show only lasted for one season.
She next guest-starred as Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov in the 2018 season of the sci-fi TV series “The Expanse”.
As of May 2020, she is announced to appear in several movies, such as “What We Found”, “Witch Hunt” and “Never Too Late”.
Mitchell has had several public relationships during her career, firstly with actor David Lee Smith, who is known for movies such as “A Walk to Remember”, “The Man from Earth” and “Mysterious Skin”. The duo dated for several years, and lived together on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, New York City in 1995.
Her second disclosed relationship was with her “The Linda McCartney Story” colleague, Gary Bakewell.
The two met on the set and started dating soon after, even becoming engaged, but broke up in 2002 without tying the knot.
In 2004 Mitchell married Chris Soldevilla, who at the time worked as an improvisation actor. The couple welcomed their son, Christopher Joseph Soldevilla Jr., just a few months after the wedding ceremony, on 12th September 2005. The family lived on Bainbridge Island, Washington D.C. However, their marriage didn’t last, and in 2013 they filed for divorce.
She and her fellow actress Elizabeth Banks actually share the same name. Banks changed her screen name when she joined the Screen Actors Guild to avoid confusion between the two.
As of May 2020, her parents live in a luxurious area of Dallas, Texas. Mitchell is not active on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook, but she does have an official Instagram account with over 26,000 followers.
Elizabeth Mitchell has a rather successful acting career that has brought her a small fortune. In 2014, Mitchell bought a ranch located on Bainbridge Island, Washington D.C., for an undisclosed amount. As of May 2020, her net worth is estimated at around $3 million.
Mitchell is considered to be a beautiful woman, with blonde hair and bright blue eyes. She is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, weighs around 145lbs (65kgs), with vital statistics of around 37-29-36.