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Elizabeth McGovern (born as Elizabeth Lee McGovern on 18th July 1961; Evanston, Illinois) is the American actress who plays Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey.

For her portrayal as Cora, McGovern has received general acclaim from professional critics, many deeming her as one of the biggest stand-outs on the show[citation needed]. McGovern has also nominated for several prime awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Series or Miniseries or a Movie, making her one of only two actors in this show to be nominated for an Emmy award for acting, the other being Maggie Smith. In 2012 McGovern also nominated for the Golden Globe award for her performance.

Elizabeth McGovern also sings lead vocals with folk group "Sadie & the Hot Heads"

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