Elizabeth North

Played by Portia de Rossi
Character Biography

Elizabeth North knows how to shake up the White House. From chairwoman of the Republican National Committee to campaign advisor to Chief of Staff, she wears many hats and looks dang good doing it. A Stanford Law grad, she started as a grassroots organizer before rubbing shoulders with the powerful people of the White House. She's confident, fierce, and smart — a good ally to have on any team. The only problem is she has no problem switching sides… 

Characters: Olivia Pope | President Fitzgerald Grant | Mellie Grant | Jake Ballard | Abby Whelan | Huck | Quinn Perkins | Cyrus Beene | David Rosen | Elizabeth North | Marcus Walker

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Actor Biography

Portia de Rossi has had a widely varied career, captivating audiences in both television and film. In addition to starring as Elizabeth North on Scandal, De Rossi most recently starred in the return of the cult classic show, “Arrested Development,” which aired on Netflix in May 2013. She reprised her role as ‘Lindsay Bluth Funke’ in the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning comedy.

De Rossi released her memoir, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, in November 2010 with Atria Books. Her book debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at No. 3 and was on the list for five weeks.

De Rossi previously starred on ABC’s comedy, “Better Off Ted” as ‘Veronica Palmer.’ She also previously starred as the enigmatic lawyer ‘Nelle Porter’ on FOX’s widely successful show, “Ally McBeal.” De Rossi also starred as a series regular in the fifth season of the popular FX original drama series “Nip/Tuck” as ‘Olivia Lord,’ a holistic medicine practitioner who has problematic relationships with both her girlfriend, Julia, and her out-of-control daughter.

De Rossi received her first acting break in the feature film “Sirens,” starring opposite Hugh Grant, Sam Neil and Elle Macpherson, and went on to become an international and critical success.

De Rossi also co-starred alongside Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Allen in “Who Is Cletis Tout?,” as well as Dennis Hopper and Melanie Griffith in “The Night We Called It A Day.” Some of De Rossi’s other film credits Include “I Witness,” “Scream 2,” “Stigmata,” “Women In Film,” and “The Invisibles.”

In 2002, she starred in the television movie “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr.Story,” in which she portrayed Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

Cast: Kerry Washington | Tony Goldwyn | Bellamy Young | Scott Foley | Darby Stanchfield | Guillermo Diaz | Katie Lowes | Jeff Perry | Joshua Malina | Portia de Rossi | Cornelius Smith Jr.

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