Elizabeth Henstridge

Elizabeth Henstridge
Elizabeth Henstridge - PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Henstridge at PaleyFest 2014
Elizabeth Frances Henstridge

(1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 32)
Sheffield, England
Years active2010–present

Elizabeth Frances Henstridge (born 11 September 1987)[1] is an English actress best known for her role in ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Jemma Simmons (2013–present).

Early life

Henstridge was born in Sheffield, England, attending Meadowhead School and King Edward VII School. She graduated from the University of Birmingham.[when?] She studied at East 15 Acting School and later moved to Los Angeles.[2]


On British television, she appeared on the soap opera Hollyoaks as Emily Alexander in 2011.[3] She was cast as lead in 2012 The CW TV pilot Shelter,[4] and co-starred in feature films The Thompsons, Gangs of Tooting Broadway, and Reach Me. In November 2012, she was cast as Agent Jemma Simmons, a series regular character in the ABC pilot Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[5][6][7] The series was ordered on 10 May 2013, and premiered on ABC on 24 September 2013.[8]

Henstridge in 2016

In 2015, Henstridge starred in "4,722 Hours", the fifth episode of the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In contrast with the ensemble nature of the show, this episode contained none (except Iain De Caestecker) from the main cast and was centered around Henstridge's character. The episode received a positive critical response, with praise going to its bottle episode nature and Henstridge's performance. The episode was named one of the best television episodes of 2015 by The Atlantic.[9]

In 2016, Henstridge reprised the role of Jemma Simmons in animated form in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man.[10][11]That same year, she was cast as Abigail Folger in the horror film Wolves at the Door, loosely based on the infamous Manson Family's murders.[12]The film was released direct-to-DVD in the United States on 18 April 2017.

She starred in the 2019 Hallmark Christmas film "Christmas at the Plaza" as Jessica Cooper

Personal life

Henstridge is in a relationship with actor Zachary Abel. On 22 April 2019 she announced their engagement with an Instagram post.[13] She has a dog named Maggie. She supports Smile Train, a charity organization.[14]


Henstridge at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Easy Under the Apple Bough Farmer's Daughter Short film
2011 And the Kid Kid Short film
2012 The Thompsons Riley Stuart
2013 Gangs of Tooting Broadway Kate
2013 Delicacy The Virgin Short film
2014 Reach Me Eve
2016 Wolves at the Door Abigail Folger


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Hollyoaks Emily Alexander 2 episodes
2012 Shelter Grace Unaired CW pilot
2013–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jemma Simmons Main cast
119 episodes
2014 Film School Shorts The Virgin 1 episode: "Sugar & Spice"
2015, 2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Princess (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man vs The Sinister 6 Jemma Simmons (voice) 1 episode: "Lizards"
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot Jemma Simmons Web series
1 episode: "Progress"
2019 Christmas at the Plaza Jessica Hallmark Original Movie

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "4,722 Hours" Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Won
2017 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "Self Control" - shared with Iain De Caestecker Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nominated
2019 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "Inescapable" - shared with Iain De Caestecker Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Won


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge profile". tvguide.com. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast & Stars". Abc.go.com. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  3. ^ Staff. "McQueen guest hopes for 'Hollyoaks' return – Hollyoaks News – Soaps". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Elizabeth Henstridge Joins JJ Abrams Drama". Deadline.com. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Adds Two Agents (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  6. ^ Bierly, Mandi (13 November 2012). "'S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot adds two new agents". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker Cast on S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  8. ^ Souppporis, Aaron (17 July 2013). "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' will debut on September 24th". The Verge. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  9. ^ "The Best Television Episodes of 2015". The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  10. ^ Cavanaugh, Patrick (11 July 2015). "SDCC 2015: Celebrate the World of Marvel Animation". Marvel.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  11. ^ Prudom, Laura (8 March 2016). "Watch: 'Agents of SHIELD' Favorites Fitz and Simmons Get Animated for 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man'". Variety. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  12. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (8 May 2015). "Katie Cassidy Joins New Line Period Thriller 'The Wolves At The Door'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Elizabeth Henstridge Is Engaged to Zachary Burr Abel — See Her Gorgeous Ring!". People. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  14. ^ blawson (30 September 2016). "Elizabeth Henstridge and Zachary Abel Visit Local Smile Train Partners". Smile Train. Retrieved 18 July 2017.

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