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Elizabeth Mitchell (born Elizabeth Joanna Robertson: March 27, 1970) is an American actress 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, as well as the Snow Queen on Once Upon a Time and as Deb Carpenter on Dead of Summer. Mitchell has starred in such films as The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Gia, and The Purge: Election Year.

Elizabeth Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell 2014.jpg
Mitchell at WonderCon in 2014
Born Elizabeth Joanna Robertson
(1970-03-27) March 27, 1970 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1992–present
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Spouse(s) Chris Soldevilla (m. 2004; div. 2013)
Children 1


Early lifeEdit

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. 1978), and Katherine Day "Kate" Mitchell (b. 1981).[5]

She attended Stephens College, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, and then studied at the British American Drama Academy.[6]


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. She played in the 2000 movie Frequency alongside Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. She also played Angelina Jolie's hairdresser/lover in the movie Gia and 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 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,[7] which ended on a cliffhanger that left the fate of her character unknown. Mitchell was later named the lead actress on V.[8][9] 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.

Mitchell at a Revolution panel, at WonderCon in 2014, with actor Stephen Collins

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 wherein she played June Frye.[10] Mitchell starred in the film, Answers to Nothing in 2011 as Kate. In 2012, she joined the cast of the series Revolution[11] as Rachel Matheson, replacing actress Andrea Roth, with whom Mitchell had worked for one episode on Lost. The series premiered on September 17, 2012,[12] and ended in May 2014. She then recurred as the Snow Queen on the TV fantasy series Once Upon a Time[13] in late 2014. In 2016, Mitchell starred as Senator Charlene 'Charlie' Roan in the science-fiction horror film The Purge: Election Year. Also that year, it was announced Mitchell would join the cast of the Freeform supernatural horror series Dead of Summer.[14] She portrays Deb Carpenter, a lead role in the series.

Awards and honorsEdit

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 lifeEdit

Mitchell in Seattle 2008 supporting the Boston Red Sox

Between 1994 and 1999, Mitchell dated actor David Lee Smith and the two lived together in New York City.[15] Whilst filming The Linda McCartney Story in 2000, Mitchell and co-star Gary Bakewell began dating and later became engaged, but the relationship ended in 2002.[16]

Mitchell married improvisation actor Chris Soldevilla in 2004 and the two lived together in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with their son Christopher Joseph (CJ) Soldevilla, who was born in 2005.[17] In 2013, Mitchell and Soldevilla divorced due to irreconcilable differences. In 2014, Mitchell purchased a ranch in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

She shares the same name as actress Elizabeth Banks' birth name, who changed her name to join Screen Actors Guild because the name Elizabeth Mitchell was already taken.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Gia Linda Mitchell
1999 Molly Beverly Trehare
2000 Frequency Julia 'Jules' Sullivan
2000 Nurse Betty Chloe Jensen
2001 Hollywood Palms Blair
2001 Double Bang Dr. Karen Winterman
2002 The Santa Clause 2 Carol Newman / Mrs. Claus
2006 Running Scared Edele Hansel
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Mrs. Claus / Carol Newman-Calvin
2011 Answers to Nothing Kate[18]
2016 The Purge: Election Year Charlene 'Charlie' Roan
2019 The Buried Girl Katherine Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dangerous Curves Bethanny Haines Guest star
Episode: "Rainbow Serpent"
1994–1995 Loving Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden McKenzie #2 Guest star; unknown episodes
1996 L.A. Firefighters Laura Malloy Recurring role; 6 episodes
1996 The Sentinel Wendy Hawthorne Guest star
Episode: "True Crime"
1997 JAG Lt. Sandra Gilbert Guest star
Episode: "The Court-Martial of Sandra Gilbert"
1997 Comfort, Texas Trudy Unsold TV pilot
1998 Significant Others Jane Chasen Recurring role; 6 episodes
1998 Gia Linda Television movie
1999–2000 Time of Your Life Ashley Holloway Recurring role; 4 episodes
2000 The Linda McCartney Story Linda McCartney Television movie
2000–2001 E.R. Dr. Kim Legaspi Recurring role; 14 episodes
2001 The Beast Alice Allenby Lead Role
6 Episodes
2001 Spin City Nancy Wheeler Guest star
Episode: "Fight Club"
2002 Man and Boy Cyd Mason Television movie
2003 The Lyon's Den Ariel Saxon Recurring role; 7 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Andrea Brown Guest star
Episode: "Mercy"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melissa Winters Guest star
Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
2004 Grammercy Park Taylor Elliot Quinn Unsold TV pilot
2004 Everwood Sara Beck Guest star
Episode: "Staking Claim"
2004 Boston Legal Christine Pauley Guest star; 2 episodes
2004 House Sister Mary Augustine Guest star
Episode: "Damned If You Do"
2004 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Teresa Earnhardt Television movie
2006 Haskett's Chance Ann Haskett Unsold TV pilot
2006–2010 Lost Dr. Juliet Burke Series regular
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)
2009–2011 V Erica Evans Lead role
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit June Frye Guest star
Episode: "Totem"
2012–2014 Revolution Rachel Matheson Lead role
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2013 Prosecuting Casey Anthony Linda Drane Burdick Television movie
2013 Kristin's Christmas Past Barbara Cartwell Television movie
2014 Once Upon a Time Ingrid/Snow Queen/Sarah Fisher Recurring role; 9 episodes
2015 Crossing Lines Carine Strand Lead role
2016 Dead of Summer Deb Carpenter Lead role
2018 The Expanse Dr. Annushka "Anna" Volovodov Recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2008 Lost: Missing Pieces Dr. Juliet Burke 4 episodes


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 nominationsEdit


  1. ^ 'Lost' scoop: Juliet mystery (sort of) solved | Inside TV |
  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. ^ "Elizabeth Mitchell - Biographical Summaries of Notable People - MyHeritage". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Southern Beauty Magazine " Elizabeth Mitchell". Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2009-03-20). "Exclusive: Elizabeth Mitchell trading "Lost" for "V"?". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 18, 2009). "Lost scoop: Juliet mystery (sort of) solved". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ Keck, William (March 7, 2011). "Keck's Exclusives: Elizabeth Mitchell Turns Evil on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "'Revolution': Elizabeth Mitchell on Sticking With Genre Fare and Her Biggest Surprise (Q&A)". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' star Elizabeth Mitchell spills scoop on the Snow Queen". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (10 February 2016). "'Once Upon a Time' Alums Elizabeth Mitchell & Elizabeth Lail Cast in Freeform's 'Dead of Summer'". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Biography". Elizabeth Mitchell Fan Club. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  16. ^ "Europe Intelligence Wire – Interview with Gary Bakewell". Elizabeth Mitchell Fan Club. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  17. ^ Monica Rizzo (2008-02-18). "Lost's Mystery Woman Elizabeth Mitchell". People. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  18. ^ Movies – News – 'V' star joins cast of 'Answers' – Digital Spy

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