Elizabeth McGovern is an American actress whose Hollywood career started in the 1980s. She debuted in the film Ordinary People. She was then acclaimed for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime. For her performance, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Following this, she also made a notable performance as Deborah Gelly in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America. During the ’90s, she starred in the films The Handmaid’s Tale, King of the Hill, The Favor, and The Wings of the Dove. The following decade, she also became more active on TV. She had notable roles on The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire and Three Moons over Milford. In the 2010s, she had supporting roles in Kick-Ass, Clash of the Titans, and The Chaperone. She also became widely known for her role as Cora, Countess of Grantham in the British series Downtown Abbey.