Elisabeth Harnois is an American actress who is popularly known for playing the character of ‘Morgan Brody’ in the American procedural forensics crime drama television series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ from seasons 12 to 16. She started acting at a very young age and has done several television shows and films in her career which already spans over three decades. She did many projects as a child artist and was praised for her work as well as nominated for several awards. On entering her teens she started taking up more mature roles. She portrayed the character of ‘Kate’ in ‘Façade’, which helped showcase her versatile acting talents and established her as a young upcoming actress to reckon with. Coming to her personal life, she is a very private person and doesn’t like to share details about her dating and family life with the media. She is not much active on social media platforms though she does operate a Twitter handle.
Elisabeth Harnois entered the show business at a very young age and appeared in several commercials for different brands as a child artist. She made her debut in the film industry in 1985 with the role of ‘Abbie Grainger’ in the American/Canadian Christmas fantasy film ‘One Magic Christmas’ by Phillip Borsos. The subsequent year, she appeared in the 1986 film ‘Where Are the Children?’, an adaptation of the original novel of the same name by Mary Higgins Clark. She played the role of ‘Missy Eldridge’ in the movie.
She made her television debut with a role in NBC drama series ‘Highway to Heaven’ and later appeared in the 1987 CBS fantasy-drama series ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as a child artist. She also appeared in ‘Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again’ as ‘Young Freddy’, ‘Timeless Tales from Hallmark’ as ‘Emily’, and ‘Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone’ as ‘Rosie’. In 1992, she was chosen to play the lead role of ‘Alice’ in Walt Disney's live-action musical television series ‘Adventures in Wonderland’, based on the original animated series ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Elisabeth appeared in the films ‘Façade’ as ‘Kate’ in 1999, ‘Swimming Upstream’ as ‘Julie Sutton’ in 2002 and several television productions including television films like ‘The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy’ as ‘Maggi Sorenson’ in 1998 and ‘My Date with the President's Daughter’ as ‘Hallie Richmond’ in 1998. She was signed to play the character of ‘Christina Nickson’ in the Fox Network television series ‘Point Pleasant’.
She appeared in films like the 2005 American black comedy/satirical ‘Pretty Persuasion’ alongside Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, and Ron Livingston. She also appeared as a guest in several television shows like ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘One Tree Hill’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘Dirt’, ‘Without a Trace’, ‘90210’, and ‘Miami Medical’. Between 2011 and 2015, she played the character of ‘Morgan Brody’, a Crime Scene Investigator in the American procedural forensics crime drama television series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ which aired on CBS.
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Awards & Nominations
Elisabeth Harnois was nominated for the ‘Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film in Comedy or Drama’ at the ‘Young Artist Awards’ in 1987 for her work in ‘One Magic Christmas’. She was also nominated for the ‘Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Drama’ in 1988 for her work in ‘Highway to Heaven’. In 1993, she won the ‘Outstanding Performer in a Children's Program’ award at the Young Artist Awards for playing the character of ‘Alice’ in ‘Adventures in Wonderland’.
Elisabeth Rose Harnois was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 26, 1979. She has four brothers and is the eldest among the siblings. She went to St. Mel's School in Woodland Hills and Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley for her early education. Later, she attended the Wesleyan University and graduated from there in 2001 with a major in film studies.
Elisabeth has always maintained a very private life and has stayed away from the limelight. It was reported that she once dated actor Jesse McCartney for a while before breaking up with him. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.