Betty Gilpin Biography

American actress (born 1986)

Elizabeth Folan Gilpin (born July 21, 1986) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Debbie "Liberty Belle" Eagan in the Netflix comedy series GLOW (2017–2019), for which she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also starred as Dr. Carrie Roman in the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie (2013–2015). In 2023, she starred in the lead role as a nun who battles A.I. in the Pea* science fiction series Mrs. Davis.

Gilpin has appeared in films such as the mystery thriller True Story (2015), the science fiction romantic comedy Future '38 (2017), the fantasy romantic comedy Isn't It Romantic (2019), the drama A Dog's Journey (2019), and the action comedy Stuber (2019). In 2020, Gilpin starred in the horror film The Grudge, the horror thriller film The Hunt, and the action comedy Coffee & Kareem. For The Hunt, she won a Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie.

Early life

Elizabeth Folan Gilpin was born in New York City on July 21, 1986, the daughter of actors Jack Gilpin and Ann McDonough. Her father, also an Episcopal priest, is a first cousin of Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University from 2007 to 2018. She grew up in the South Street Seaport neighborhood of Manhattan, where she says that her family home was "one of the only occupied buildings on the block." Gilpin is a 2004 graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School, and a 2008 graduate of Fordham University. During her time at Fordham, she studied under Dianne Wiest.


Gilpin began her acting career with guest starring roles in numerous television series, including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Fringe, Medium, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Elementary. She received further recognition for her starring role as Dr. Carrie Roman in the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, appearing from 2013 to the series' conclusion in 2015. She has also appeared off-Broadway in productions such as Heartless, I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, and We Live Here. Gilpin had supporting roles in such films as Ghost Town (2008), Take Care (2014), True Story (2015), and Future '38 (2017).

Her breakthrough came with her starring role as Debbie "Liberty Belle" Eagan in the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW (2017–2019), which was inspired by the 1980s female professional wrestling league of the same name. She received significant critical acclaim and numerous award nominations for her performance, including three Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Between 2019 and 2020, Gilpin appeared in the fantasy romantic comedy film Isn't It Romantic, the comedy-drama film A Dog's Journey, the action comedy film Stuber, and the action horror film The Hunt. In 2021, she appeared in the science fiction action movie The Tomorrow War. In the same year, Gilpin was set to star in the HBO series Blood Sugar. In 2022, Betty appeared as Mo Dean in the Starz political thriller limited series Gaslit. She received recognition for her role with a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. That same year, she appeared in an episode of the Apple TV+ anthology series Roar.

In September 2022, Betty published her first book, a collection of 20 essays *led All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns.

In 2023, Gilpin starred as Sister Simone / Elizabeth Abbott, a nun who battles artificial intelligence in the Pea* science fiction series Mrs. Davis. For her performance, Gilpin received critical acclaim and garnered a nomination for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. She also had a main voice role as Irene in the Netflix animated adventure series Skull Island.

Personal life

While in high school at Loomis Chafee School, Gilpin dated actor and musician Damon Daunno.

In 2016, she married actor Cosmo Pfeil. Gilpin gave birth to their daughter in November 2020.




Awards and nominations

External links

  • Betty Gilpin at IMDb


    Betty Gilpin