Elizabeth Reaser

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Elizabeth Reaser

Reaser in July 2011
BornElizabeth Ann Reaser
(1975-06-15) June 15, 1975 (age 37)
Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
EducationJuilliard (BFA 1999)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
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Elizabeth Reaser

Reaser in July 2011
BornElizabeth Ann Reaser
(1975-06-15) June 15, 1975 (age 37)
Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
EducationJuilliard (BFA 1999)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Elizabeth Ann Reaser (born June 15, 1975) is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, and The Twilight Saga and the TV series Saved, Grey's Anatomy and The Ex-List.


Early life and education

Reaser was born in Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit suburb, the daughter of Karen Davidson (née Weidman) and John Reaser. Elizabeth was the middle of three sisters.[1][2] Her stepfather was billionaire businessman William Davidson.[3]

Reaser attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.[citation needed] After high school, she attended Oakland University for one year,[4] then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1995-1999, Group 28)[5] where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999.[4][6]


Reaser appeared in a London stage production with an audience of two people[7] and prepared for her role on Saved by spending time in an emergency room, observing the behavior of medical staff.[7] In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the "14 To Be" emerging creative women.[citation needed] Her work in the film Sweet Land earned the "Jury Award" at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award "Best Female Lead" award.[8] Reaser earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring guest appearance throughout 2007 and 2008 on the television series Grey's Anatomy.[8]

Reaser played the role of Esme Cullen in the movie Twilight, [9] The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010.[10] and will reprise in The Twilght Saga: Breaking Dawn.[11]

Reaser appeared on the CBS' legal drama, The Good Wife in October 2010.[12]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal Molly TV series, episode: "Scrubs"
2000 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Stace TV series, episode: "D-Girl"
2001 Believer, TheThe Believer Miriam
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Young Woman in Class
2002 Emmett's Mark Alison Holmes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Serena Whitfield TV series, episode: "The Insider"
2004 Hack Elaine Jones TV series, episode: "Extreme Commerce"
Mind the Gap Malissa Zubach
Jury, TheThe Jury Rachel Byrnes TV series, episode: "Pilot"
2005 Stay Athena
Sweet Land Young Inge
Family Stone, TheThe Family Stone Susannah Stone Trousdale
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jillian Slaughter TV series, episode: "Proud Flesh"
Shut Up and Sing Julep
Puccini for Beginners Allegra
Saved Alice Alden, M.D. TV series, 13 episodes
Standoff Anya Reed TV series, episode: "Heroine"
2007 Purple Violets Bernadette
2007–2008 Grey's Anatomy Jane Doe / Ava / Rebecca Pope TV series, 17 episodes
2008 Wainy Days Katharina / Annie TV series, episode: "The Waindow"
Ex List, TheThe Ex List Bella Bloom TV series, 12 episodes
TwilightEsme Cullen
2009 Against the Current Liz Clarke
Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Esme Cullen
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Esme Cullen
Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Tammy Linnata TV series, 7 episodes
2011 Young Adult Beth Slade
The Art of Getting By Charlotte Howe
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Esme Cullen
2012 Liberal Arts Ana
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Esme Cullen Post-Production


Year Title Role Venue
1999 Sweet Bird of Youth Heavenly La Jolla Playhouse
2000 Hologram Theory, TheThe Hologram Theory Mimi Blue Lights Theatre Company
2001 Blackbird Froggy Bush Theatre (London)
Closer Alice Portland Center Stage
2002 Stone Cold Dead Serious Shaylee Ledbetter / Sharice American Repertory Theatre
2003 Winter's Tale, TheThe Winter's TalePerditaClassic Stage Company
2005 Top GirlsPatient Griselda / Nell / Jeanine Williamstown Theatre Festival
2012 How I Learned To DriveLi'l Bit Second Stage Theatre

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
2006 Newport Beach Film Festival Jury Award–Best Actress (Feature Film) Sweet LandWon
2007 Independent Spirit Award Best female Lead Sweet LandNominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Grey’s AnatomyNominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey’s AnatomyNominated
2009 Prism Award Best Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline Grey’s AnatomyNominated


  1. ^ "How ‘Sweet’ it is". Candgnews.com. http://www.candgnews.com/Homepage-Articles/2007/01-31-07/AE-SWEETLAND.asp. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ http://www.freep.com/Story_not_found
  3. ^ Davidson's Wife to Succeed Him As Owner of the Pistons Yahoo Sports, March 14, 2009
  4. ^ a b Nassour, Ellis. "Elizabeth Reaser - Actress on the rise". Lifestyles Magazine. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070929141528/http://www.lifestylesmagazine.com/website/past/stories/199/Lifestyle_09-2005_002.html. 
  5. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. February 2008. http://www.juilliard.edu/alumni/news/news_decades/2007-2008/0802/index.php. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Reaser". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/396116/Elizabeth-Reaser/biography. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Martindale, David (2003-07-15). "No Real-Life MD for Elizabeth Reaser". Tnt.tv. http://www.tnt.tv/dramalounge/article/?oid=24948. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  8. ^ a b "Awards for Elizabeth Reaser". Imdb.com. 2009-05-01. http://imdb.com/name/nm0714147/awards. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  9. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-02-19). "'Twilight' Film's First Family Revealed: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser Lead Cullen Clan". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1581728/20080215/story.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  10. ^ Another New The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Still - The Cullen Men
  11. ^ "Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, and Billy Burke Sign on to BREAKING DAWN; Plus Three New TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE Posters". Collider. 2010-05-19. http://www.collider.com/tag/the-twilight-saga-breaking-dawn/. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  12. ^ "Exclusive: Elizabeth Reaser, Lili Taylor Join The Good Wife". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Reaser-Good-Wife-1023144.aspx. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 

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