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Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Singleton Moss is an American actress. She is known for her work in several television dramas, earning such accolades as two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, which led Vulture to name her the “Queen of Peak TV”.

  • Born: 24 July 1982, Los Angeles, California, U.S
  • Full name: Elisabeth Singleton Moss
  • Citizenship: American and British (dual)
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Early life

Elisabeth Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ron and Linda Moss, both of whom were musicians.

Moss has one younger brother. She was raised a Scientologist. Her father is English.  Her mother is of part Swedish descent.

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Initially, Moss had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer.

In her adolescence, she traveled to New York City to study ballet at the School of American Ballet, after which she studied with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Moss continued to study dance throughout her teenage years, but began obtaining acting roles as well. In order to manage her education and career, she began homeschooling, and graduated in 1999 at age sixteen.

Personal life

Moss holds both British and American citizenship.

She met Fred Armisen in October 2008, and they became engaged in January 2009, marrying on October 25, 2009, in Long Island City, New York. They separated in June 2010, and in September 2010, Moss filed for divorce, which was finalized on May 13, 2011.

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Moss practices Scientology and identifies as a feminist. After a fan questioned whether her role in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale made her think about her involvement with the Church of Scientology, Moss defended her beliefs on Instagram, writing that the idea that Gilead in the series and Scientology “both believe that all outside sources are wrong or evil,” as the fan had described, is “actually not true at all”.

She continued, “Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me.”

Career

Moss began acting in the early 1990s and first gained recognition for playing Zoey Bartlet, the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet, in the NBC political drama series The West Wing (1999–2006).

Wider recognition came for playing Peggy Olson, a secretary-turned-copywriter, in the AMC period drama series Mad Men (2007–2015).

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She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for playing a detective in the BBC miniseries Top of the Lake (2013), and she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series for producing and starring in the Hulu dystopian drama series The Handmaid’s Tale (2017–present).

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In film, Moss has appeared in Girl, Interrupted (1999), Virgin (2003), Get Him to the Greek (2010), The One I Love (2014), Listen Up Philip (2014), Queen of Earth (2015), The Square (2017), The Seagull (2018), Her Smell (2018), and Us (2019).

Her theatre work includes Broadway productions of David Mamet’s Speed the Plow and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles.

For the latter, she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She has also appeared in the West End production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour.