Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell (born Elizabeth Joanna Robertson: March 27, 1970) is an American actress. She is known for her lead role as Juliet Burke on the ABC drama mystery series Lost (2006–2010).[1] Mitchell also had lead roles on the television series V (2009–2010), Revolution (2012–14), and Dead of Summer (2016), as well as a recurring role as the Snow Queen on Once Upon a Time (2014) and as Annuska Volovodov on The Expanse. She has starred in such films as Gia (1998), Frequency (2000), The Santa Clause 2 (2002), The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), and The Purge: Election Year (2016).

Elizabeth Mitchell
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Mitchell at WonderCon in 2014
Elizabeth Joanna Robertson

(1970-03-27) March 27, 1970 (age 49)
Years active1992–present
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Chris Soldevilla
(m. 2004; div. 2013)

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 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, and then studied at the British American Drama Academy.[6]


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

Mitchell had an early TV role as Dinah Lee on the soap opera Loving from 1994 to 1995.

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 2006 she started on Lost, then 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]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 wherein she played June Frye.[9] Mitchell starred in the film, Answers to Nothing in 2011 as Kate. In 2012, she joined the cast of the series Revolution[10] as Rachel Matheson, replacing actress Andrea Roth, with whom Mitchell had worked for one episode on Lost. The series premiered on September 17, 2012,[11] and ended in May 2014. She then recurred as the Snow Queen on the TV fantasy series Once Upon a Time in late 2014.[12]

Mitchell in Seattle 2008 supporting the Boston Red Sox

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 main cast of the Freeform supernatural horror series Dead of Summer. She portrayed the character of Deb Carpenter. The series ended after one season.[13]

Mitchell's theater work includes six years in Dallas Theater Center and a season at Encore Theater.

Personal lifeEdit

While 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.[14]

Mitchell married improvisation actor Chris Soldevilla in 2004 and the two lived together in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with their son, who was born in 2005.[15] In 2013, Mitchell and Soldevilla divorced due to irreconcilable differences.[citation needed] 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 the Screen Actors Guild because the name Elizabeth Mitchell was already taken.



Year Title Role Notes
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 Mrs. Claus / Carol Newman
2006 Running Scared Edele Hansel
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Mrs. Claus / Carol Newman-Calvin
2011 Answers to Nothing Kate[16]
2016 The Purge: Election Year Charlene "Charlie" Roan
TBA Witch Hunt TBA Post-production
TBA What We Found Captain Hilman Post-production
TBA Welcome to Pine Grove! Laura Wilson Post-production

Television filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Gia Linda Mitchell
2000 The Linda McCartney Story Linda McCartney
2002 Man and Boy Cyd Mason
2004 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Teresa Earnhardt
2013 Prosecuting Casey Anthony Linda Drane Burdick
2013 Kristin's Christmas Past Barbara Cartwell
2019 The Christmas Club Olivia Bennett

Television seriesEdit

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 The 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 The Beast Alice Allenby 6 episodes
2001 Spin City Nancy Wheeler Episode: "Fight Club"
2003 The 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 46 episodes
2009–2011 V Erica Evans 22 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit June Frye Episode: "Totem"
2012–2014 Revolution Rachel Matheson 42 episodes
2014 Once Upon a Time Ingrid / Snow Queen / Sarah Fisher 10 episodes
2015 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Future Mel Fuller Episode: "Mel vs. the Future"
2015 Crossing Lines Carine Strand 12 episodes
2016 Dead of Summer Deb Carpenter 10 episodes
2018 The Expanse Dr. Annushka "Anna" Volovodov 11 episodes
2019 Blindspot Scarlett Myers Episode: "Everybody Hates Kathy"


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

Mitchell has won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2008, among other nominations. For her appearance as Dr. Juliet Burke on the series finale of Lost, Mitchell was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2010.

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. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 19, 2009). "'Lost' scoop: Juliet mystery (sort of) solved". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  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-)". www.filmreference.com.
  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". MyHeritage.com. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Southern Beauty Magazine " Elizabeth Mitchell". www.sobeautymag.com. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 20, 2009). "Exclusive: Elizabeth Mitchell trading "Lost" for "V"?". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  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. ^ Keck, William (March 7, 2011). "Keck's Exclusives: Elizabeth Mitchell Turns Evil on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "'Revolution': Elizabeth Mitchell on Sticking With Genre Fare and Her Biggest Surprise (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' star Elizabeth Mitchell spills scoop on the Snow Queen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  13. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 10, 2016). "'Once Upon a Time' Alums Elizabeth Mitchell & Elizabeth Lail Cast in Freeform's 'Dead of Summer'". variety.com. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "Europe Intelligence Wire – Interview with Gary Bakewell". Elizabeth Mitchell Fan Club. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  15. ^ Rizzo, Monica (February 18, 2008). "Lost's Mystery Woman Elizabeth Mitchell". People. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "'V' star joins cast of 'Answers'". November 5, 2009.

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