In 2013, British actress Elizabeth Henstridge won an unbelievably high number of positive reviews thanks to her role as agent Jemma Simmons in ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode “4,722 Hours”, in which Henstridge’s character is the focus of attention, was celebrated by critics in 2015 with incredibly high positive reviews. The episode was named Best TV Episode of 2015 by The Atlantic and earned Henstridge the first professional award of her career – a TVLine Award as Actress of the Week.
Elizabeth Henstridge Bio/Facts/Parents
Elizabeth Frances Henstridge was born on 11 September 1987 in Sheffield, England, where she was raised by her family. Surprisingly, she has the same birthday as her S.H.I.E.L.D. character Jemma Simmons.
To clarify speculation that Elizabeth may be related to Species actress Jemma Simmons, NO she is not. Natasha is Canadian.
Henstridge attended Meadowhead School and later King Edward VII School. She attended the University of Birmingham, where she earned a degree in theater arts. She then refined her acting education at the renowned East 15 Acting School.
In 2010 Elizabeth began her professional acting career with her debut in the short films “Easy Under the Apple Bough” (2010) and “And The Kid” (2011). In 2011 she appeared as Emily in two episodes of the British soap opera Hollyoaks.
Henstridge then moved to Los Angeles and was cast as the lead actor in CW’s TV pilot Shelter, which was never aired. She made her feature film debut in 2012 in the independent horror movie “The Thompsons”. Henstridge also portrayed Kate in the 2013 feature film Gangs of Tooting Broadway.
Elizabeth’s impressive achievements earned her the role of Agent Simmons in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which eventually became her breakout role thanks to rising ratings and positive reviews.
Her appearance at S.H.I.E.L.D. brought her wide recognition and attracted further performances in her own way. Her other feature films include Reach Me (2014) and the horror movie Wolves at the Door from 2016, in which she played Abigail Folger. The film is partly based on the murder story of the Manson Family.
On the small screen, Henstridge has managed to get a few speaking roles, first in Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, where she sang Princess and Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6 in 2016, where she sang Jemma Simmons. She resumed her role as an agent in the web series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot.
Henstridge is a supporter of the charity Smile Train.
Henstridge has been dating the American actor Zachary Burr Abel for over a year. Like Henstridge, Zachary Abel owes his breakout to an ABC series – he is best known for his role as Carter Anderson in the ABC Family series Make It or Break It. In 2010 this role earned him a nomination for the Teen Choice Award for the Choice Summer TV Star Male. However, he lost to Ian Harding of the Pretty Little Liars.
Another similarity between the couple is that they were born in the same month – September. Zachary was born on September 4, 1980, which makes him 7 years older than Henstridge.
While Henstridge kept her relationship with Zachary a secret. We speculate that the duo may have met on the set of SHIELD’s agents. How do we know this? From our investigation, we have discovered that Zachar filmed the role of Tad in a 2014 episode of Agents of SHIELD, but the scene was deleted, and he was never credited. However, it’s safe to say that it wasn’t all in vain for the American pretty boy, as he left with a trophy girlfriend.
Although Abel began his acting career in 2007, three years before Henstridge, he seems to have had less success compared to his girlfriend. Since his role in Make It or Break It, Abel has only played a handful of performances, including guest roles in 90210 (2010), Awkward (2011), The Secret Circle (2011), and Criminal Minds (2017). He had a role in the comedy Night Club (2011), which was Sam Borowski’s directorial debut.
Before he made it big with Make It or Break It, Abel’s longest role was an appearance in 4 episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He started his career with a guest role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
One notable difference between the two is that while Henstridge always knew that acting was her vocation, given the fact that she studied theater arts in college, Abel seemed to have wanted something else since he studied finance and international economics at Washington University in St. Louis.
In their social media reports, the two dedicated sweet words to each other and exchanged pictures of themselves.
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@lil_henstridge happy birthday to my wine tasting, point chasing, globe trotting, ghost busting, dessert seeking, Maggie walking, screen grabbing, sushi eating, afternoon tea drinking, hotel reviewing, self tape directing, FaceTime-ing, non stop laughing, 3am Austin trekking, add an -ing to anyth-ing, partner in crime! Love you to the moon! Here's to another magical year 😘🍰🎂☝🏻️👆🏼✨🍾
Another love in Henstridge’s life is her little cute dog named Maggie.
Elizabeth Henstridge Body Measurements
Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Breast-waist hips: 35-24-35 inches (89-61-89 cm)