Lizzy Caplan Biography

Lizzy Caplan is an American actress best known for her role in the television series ‘Masters of Sex’. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about her life.

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Birthday: June 30, 1982

Nationality: American

Famous: Jewish Actresses Actresses

Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Cancer

Born in: Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females

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father: Richard Caplan

mother: Barbara Bragman

siblings: Ben Caplan, Julie Caplan

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

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Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan is an American actress, best known for her roles in films like ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Cloverfield’ and television series ‘Masters of Sex’. She was born in Los Angeles and spent her childhood in the Miracle Mile district. She was inclined towards drama as a child, and upon graduation went on to pursue a career in acting. Lizzy Caplan started working at the age of seventeen and began her work with roles in television series like ‘Freak and Geeks’, ‘Smallville’, ‘The Pitts’ and ‘Tru Calling. She made her movie debut with ‘Mean Girls’, a role that gained attention, both commercially and critically. Her work has earned her several nominations for prestigious awards like the Primetime Emmy Awards and Satellite Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Award. Apart from being an actress, Lizzy Caplan is also a voice actress.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • In 1999, Lizzy Caplan began her acting career with teen comedy drama series ‘Freaks and Geeks’. Her initial performance led to her being part of the recurring cast of the series. Eighteen episodes of the series were shot, however, only twelve were aired.
  • Lizzy Caplan went on to do guest appearances in several shows and music videos including Jason Mraz‘s music video titled ‘You and I Both’. In 2000, she made her film debut ‘From Where I Sit’. The movie was premiered on television.
  • In 2001, she appeared in an episode of television series ‘Smallville’, and appeared once again in the series in 2003. In 2001 she also appeared in the episode ‘Tough Love’ of television series ‘Once and Again’.
  • In 2003, she was part of the main cast of American sitcom ‘The Pitts’. The following year she acted in teen comedy film ‘Mean Girls’.
  • In 2005, she was part of the cast of the second season of the supernatural drama series ‘Tru Calling’. Between 2005 and 2006, she acted in comedy drama television series ‘Related’, where she essayed the role of Marjee Sorelli. One season of the series was aired that included eighteen episodes.
  • In 2006, Lizzy Caplan acted in drama film ‘Love Is the Drug’. Her performance in the movie was highly acclaimed. The same year she was part of the cast of CBS sitcom, ‘The Class’, which was aired for a season. During this time, she made several appearances in television series like ‘Family Guy’ and did voice acting in ‘American Dad’.
  • In 2008, she acted in monster horror film ‘Cloverfield’, a performance that was well accepted and critically acclaimed as well. The same year she acted in film ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’. She also made a guest appearance for six episodes on the horror television series ‘True Blood’.
  • In 2009, she was part of the comedy television series ‘Party Down’. The series aired for two seasons between 2009 and 2010. In 2010, she also acted in the survival drama feature film ‘127 Hours’.
  • Other films in which she has made appearances include: ‘High Road’ (2011), ‘Save the Date’ (2012), and ‘Bachelorette’ (2012).
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  • In 2013, she acted alongside Michael Sheen in drama series ‘Masters of Sex’. The series was loosely based on the Thomas Maier's biography with the same title. She was also a producer of the show. It fictionally depicted the story of gynecologist Dr. William Masters and wife Virginia Johnson, who was a sexologist. It was aired for four seasons until 2016, and went on to receive critical and commercial acclaim.
  • Between 2013 and 2014, she made appearances in television series like ‘The League’ (2013-2014), “Kroll Show’ (2014) and ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’( 2014).
  • In 2014, she also played the role of Agent Lacey in the spy comedy film ‘The Interview’.
  • In 2015, she acted in ‘The Night Before’ and in 2016, she acted in the movies ‘Now You See Me 2’ and ‘Allied’.
Major Works
  • Lizzy Caplan is best known for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson in the drama series ‘Masters of Sex’. Other works that garnered attention include ‘Mean Girls’, ‘True Blood’ and ‘Cloverfield’.
Awards & Achievements
  • Lizzy Caplan has been nominated for several awards but hasn’t won an award yet.
  • She was nominated for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie ‘Cloverfield’ in 2007.
  • In 2010, she was nominated for Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy for 'Hot Tub Time Machine'.
  • In 2014, Lizzy Caplan was nominated for Critics' Choice Television Award and Primetime Emmy Award for the television series 'Masters of Sex'.
  • In 2015, she was nominated for Satellite Award for Best Actress for 'Masters of Sex'.
  • In 2016, she was nominated for Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female for the movie 'Now You See Me 2'.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Lizzy Caplan was in a relationship with actor Matthew Perry from 2006 to 2012.
  • In 2015, she began dating actor Tom Riley. The couple got engaged the following year.
  • Lizzy Caplan is the godmother of Birdie Leigh (born in 2008), who is the daughter of screenwriter Marc Silverstein and actress Busy Philipps.
  • Lizzy Caplan discontinued her studies after high school and did not attend college as she thought it was time consuming and she wanted to concentrate on building a career in acting.

1. 127 Hours (2010)

  (Adventure, Biography, Thriller, Drama)

2. Allied (2016)

  (Drama, Action, Romance, Thriller, War)

3. Cloverfield (2008)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Horror, Thriller)

4. Mean Girls (2004)


5. Crossing Over (2009)

  (Crime, Drama)

6. The Interview (2014)


7. Now You See Me 2 (2016)

  (Action, Mystery, Comedy, Crime, Adventure, Thriller)

8. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

  (Comedy, Sci-Fi)

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