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Elisabeth Moss

Moss at the International Press Academy's 12th Annual Satellite Awards, December 16 2007
Born Elisabeth Singleton Moss
July 24, 1982 (1982-07-24) (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Fred Armisen (2009-present)

Elisabeth Singleton Moss[1] (born July 24, 1982) is an American actress. Notable roles include first daughter Zoey Bartlet on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999–2006), and secretary turned copy writer Peggy Olson on the AMC original series Mad Men (2007–present). Born to a British father and an American mother, Moss holds dual citizenship.[2]


Life and career

Moss was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ron Moss, a record company owner and music manager, and a musician mother.[3] Moss began acting in 1990 when she appeared in the television film Bar Girls. She also did commercials for Excedrin and Secret deodorant.

In 1992 through 1995 Moss appeared in seven episodes of the TV series Picket Fences as Cynthia Parks. In 1993, Moss provided the voice of Michelle in the animated film Once Upon a Forest. That same year, she also appeared in the television remake of Gypsy which starred Bette Midler. In 1994, Moss played Harvey Keitel's younger daughter in Imaginary Crimes directed by Anthony Drazan. In 1995 Moss appeared in the remake of the Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain. Also in 1995, she appeared as a young Ashley Judd in the made-for-TV biopic Love Can Build A Bridge, about the life and career of mother and daughter country duo The Judds. From 1999 to 2006 she played Zoey Bartlet in 25 episodes of The West Wing. In 1999, she had a supporting role as a patient in a mental institution in Girl, Interrupted, opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. That same year, she had a small role as Katie Brockett in the movie Mumford opposite Loren Dean, where she played the daughter of a woman with a shopping addiction. Moss went on to do Heart of America in 2004 (along with three other films) before making the movie Virgin, a breakthrough performance for which she earned a 2004 Independent Spirit Award nomination. The award went to Charlize Theron. She also had a role in the 2005-06 sci-fi series Invasion.

Moss was cast in Day Zero, with Elijah Wood and Chris Klein and appeared in the February 22, 2007 episode (season 3, episode 19) of Grey's Anatomy as Nina Rogerson, the daughter of a patient ("My Favorite Mistake").

Since July 2007, she has played Peggy Olson on the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award-winning dramatic series Mad Men. The series revolves around a fictional Madison Avenue advertising agency, Sterling Cooper, during 1960-1962. Throughout Season One, her character unknowingly becomes pregnant. Moss did not gain any weight for the role, however, but wore increasingly bigger padding and makeup artists used prosthetics to make her face and neck appear fat and swollen. Her character is central to the many plot twists on this series. In 2009, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[4]

Since October 2008, she has appeared on Broadway in the play Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet.

She also starred in the 2008 horror film The Attic from Mary Lambert, director of Pet Sematary, along with Jason Lewis, Tom Malloy, Catherine Mary Stewart, and John Savage.

Currently in Los Angeles filming the third season of Mad Men, she also appeared in Did You Hear About the Morgans?, in which she played Sarah Jessica Parker's assistant, opposite Hugh Grant.[2]

Personal life

Moss is married to Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen.[5] She is a Scientologist.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Bar Girls Robin TV movie.
1991 Suburban Commando Little Girl
1992 It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown! (voice) TV movies.
Midnight's Child Christina
Frosty Returns Holly (voice)
1993 Once Upon a Forest Michelle (voice)
Gypsy Baby Louise TV movie.
1994 Imaginary Crimes Greta Weiler
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Anna TV movies.
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Early Teen Ashley Judd
Separate Lives Ronni Beckwith
The Last Supper Jenny Tyler
1997 A Thousand Acres Linda
1998 Angelmaker Little Turcott
1999 Earthly Possessions Mindy TV movie.
The Joyriders Jodi
Mumford Katie Brockett
Anywhere but Here Rachel
Girl, Interrupted Polly 'Torch' Clark
2001 Spirit Kelly TV movie.
2002 West of Here Cherise
Heart of America Robin Walters
2003 Temptation Wind/Morgan
Virgin Jessie Reynolds
The Missing Anne
2005 Bittersweet Place Paulie Schaffer
2007 They Never Found Her Anna
Day Zero Patricia
Honored Katie
2008 The Attic Emma Callan
El camino Lily
New Orleans, Mon Amour Hyde
2009 The Pack Diana Whelan
Did You Hear About the Morgans? Jackie Drake
Buddy Gilbert Comes Alive Susan Post-Production.
2010 Get Him to the Greek Daphne Binks Post-Production.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Lucky Chances Lucky - Age 6
1991 Anything but Love "A Tale of Two Kiddies"
1992 Picket Fences Cynthia Parks 7 episodes (1992-1995)
1993 Batman Kimberly 'Kimmy' Ventris "See No Evil"
Animaniacs Katrina (voice) "O Silly Mio/Puttin' on the Blitz/The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert"
Freakazoid! Kathy/Additional Voices "Candle Jack/Toby Danger in Doomsday Bet/The Lobe"
1999 The West Wing Zoey Bartlet 25 episodes (1999-2006)
2003 The Practice Jessica Palmer "Rape Shield"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Katie Nevins "Baby Boom"
Invasion Christina 5 episodes (2005-2006)
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Rebecca Colemar "The Good"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Nina Rogerson "My Favorite Mistake"
Medium Jennie/Haley Heffernan "No One to Watch Over Me"
Ghost Whisperer Nikki Drake "Unhappy Medium"
Mad Men Peggy Olson Series Regular (2007-Present)
2008 Saturday Night Live "Jon Hamm/Coldplay"
Fear Itself Danny Bannerman "Eater"
2009 Mercy Lucy Morton "The Last Thing I Said Was"


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  2. ^ a b Unknown author (April 19, 2009). "Unknown title". Sunday Express magazine (Express Newspapers).
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  5. ^ a b Barnes, Brooks. "She's Nothing Like Peggy, or Is She?", The New York Times, 2009-06-05. Retrieved on 2009-08-27.

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