Elizabeth Irene Banks (February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, and producer. She broke into film with the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). Banks is well-known for the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), the Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Pitch Perfect (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Hunger Games (2012–2015).
Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). The film grossed $69 million on the opening weekend, setting a record for a first-time director. She played Avery Jessup in 30 Rock (2010-2012), a role which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She earned another Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her role on Modern Family (2009, 2013–15, 2017).
Banks is married to the sportswriter and producer, Max Handelman. The couple has two sons, Felix (March 2011) and Magnus (November 2012).