Elisabeth Moss Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Elisabeth Moss is an American actress and producer born on July 24, 1982. She’s famous for her roles in TV dramas winning awards like the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Some even call her the “Queen of Peak TV.”

Her acting career kicked off in the early 1990s but she got noticed when she played the daughter of President Bartlet in the TV series The West Wing. Then she gained even more fame as Peggy Olson in Mad Men and Detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. Her role as June Osborne in The Handmaid’s Tale has also earned her a lot of praise bagging her an Emmy Award.

She’s not just a TV star; she’s made her mark in movies too. You might have seen her in films like Girl Interrupted Get Him to the Greek and Us. Plus she’s been in stage productions like Speed the Plow and The Heidi Chronicles even getting nominated for a Tony Award.

In a nutshell, Elisabeth Moss is a powerhouse in both TV and film with a list of accolades that prove her talent.

Full NameElisabeth Moss
Date of BirthJuly 24, 1982
Place of BirthLos Angeles, California
Height5 feet 3 inches (160 cm)
SpouseFred Armisen (m. 2009; div. 2011)
Net Worth$30 million

Elisabeth Moss Early Life and Education

Elisabeth Moss Early Life

Elisabeth Moss was born in Los Angeles California. Her dad Ronald Charles Moss was British from Birmingham England and her mom Linda Moss was American with Swedish roots. Her parents were into music; her mom was a jazz and blues harmonica pro. Moss has a younger brother too. She grew up as a Scientologist.

At first, Moss wanted to be a dancer. She went to New York City to learn ballet at the School of American Ballet in her teens. Later she studied with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She kept dancing and started acting. To juggle her studies and career she switched to homeschooling and graduated in 1999.


Early TV Roles to Breakout Success

Elisabeth Moss Early TV Roles to Breakout Success

Elisabeth Moss started acting on TV in 1990 in a show called Lucky/Chances. Then from 1992 to 1995, she was in a series called Picket Fences. She did voice acting for some cartoons and movies too. You might recognize her voice in Frosty Returns and Once Upon a Forest.

In 1994, she played Harvey Keitel’s daughter in a movie called Imaginary Crimes. The next year she was in a remake of Escape to Witch Mountain and played a younger version of Ashley Judd in Love Can Build a Bridge. She also appeared in a few other films during that time.

Then in 1999, she got a big role in a TV show called The West Wing. She played Zoey Bartlet the president’s daughter until the show ended in 2006. Her character became important in the fourth season and she was praised for her performance.

In the same year, she was in a movie called Girl Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. She also had smaller parts in other films like Mumford.

From Memorable Commercials to Emmy Nominations

In 2002, Elisabeth Moss starred in a commercial for Excedrin where she talked directly to viewers about how the medicine helps with migraines. It became really popular and ran for years giving her extra money while she pursued acting.

In 2004, Moss was in a movie called Heart of America and three others. She was also in a film called Virgin which got her nominated for an award. She had a small role in a thriller called The Missing in 2003.

From 2005 to 2006 Moss was in a scary TV show called Invasion. She also appeared in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 and was in a show called Medium with Patricia Arquette. She acted in a horror movie called The Attic in 2007 a drama called Day Zero in 2007 and a drama called El Camino in 2008.

In 2006, Moss got a big break when she was cast as Peggy Olson in the show Mad Men. She was nominated for five Emmy awards for her role from 2009 to 2015. In 2010 she got nominated for a different Emmy award. She said auditioning for Mad Men was a big deal because it was one of the best scripts at the time.

While she was on Mad Men Moss also acted on Broadway in 2008 and was in a comedy movie called Did You Hear About the Morgans? in 2009. She played Sarah Jessica Parker’s assistant. Then she was in another comedy called Get Him to the Greek in 2010 with Jonah Hill.

From Golden Globes to Broadway and Beyond

Elisabeth Moss From Golden Globes to Broadway and Beyond

In 2011, Elisabeth Moss started performing in the West End theater scene in London. She starred in a play called “The Children’s Hour” alongside Keira Knightley. The next year she acted in a movie called “On the Road” based on a book by Jack Kerouac.

Then in 2013, Moss played a detective named Robin Griffin in a TV show called “Top of the Lake.” She won a Golden Globe award for her role. After that she appeared in some indie films like “Listen Up Philip” and “The One I Love.”

In 2014, Moss was set to star in a play on Broadway called “The Heidi Chronicles” but unfortunately it didn’t do so well and closed early. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her part in it. After that, she acted in a thriller called “Queen of Earth” and a British movie called “High-Rise.”

She was also in a biopic called “Chuck” in 2016 and another movie called “Mad to Be Normal” in 2017. That same year she started playing a character named June Osbourne / Offred in a TV series called “The Handmaid’s Tale” which got her a lot of praise and even an Emmy Award.

In 2018, Elisabeth Moss starred in a short film for a song by Max Richter. She also acted in a movie called “Her Smell” and another one called “The Old Man & the Gun” which both got good reviews. In 2019 she was in a horror film called “Us” and a crime drama called “The Kitchen.”

Entrepreneurial Ventures

Elisabeth Moss Entrepreneurial Ventures

In 2020, Moss acted in a movie called “Shirley” where she played Shirley Jackson the famous writer. She was also in “The Invisible Man” a scary movie that got a lot of praise. The next year she appeared in a Wes Anderson film called “The French Dispatch.” In 2023 she was in a movie called “Next Goal Wins” by Taika Waititi.

In 2020, Moss started her own production company called Love & Squalor Pictures. She was supposed to act in and help make a movie called “Run Rabbit Run” but she had to drop out because of scheduling problems.

What Is Elisabeth Moss’s Net Worth?

Elisabeth Moss’s Net Worth is estimated to be $30 Million as of 2024, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Elisabeth Moss’s Personal Life

Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen

Elisabeth Moss who has citizenship in both Britain and America got married to Fred Armisen in October 2008 and they tied the knot on October 25, 2009, in Long Island City New York. Unfortunately, they separated in June 2010 and officially divorced on May 13, 2011.

Moss follows Scientology and considers herself a feminist. She responded to a fan’s question about her involvement in Scientology after her role in The Handmaid’s Tale clarifying on Instagram that the comparison made by the fan between Gilead in the series and Scientology wasn’t accurate. She emphasized the importance of religious freedom tolerance and equal rights for everyone. In January 2024 Moss announced that she was expecting her first child.