Full Name: Elisha Ann Cuthbert Phaneuf
Birthdate: November 30, 1982
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Known for: Canadian Actress and Model
Family: Dion Phaneuf (Husband), Zaphire Phaneuf (Daughter), Kevin Cuthbert (Father), Patricia Cuthbert (Mother), Jonathan Cuthbert (Brother), Lee-Ann Cuthbert (Sister).
Who is Elisha Cuthbert?
Elisha Ann Cuthbert is a Canadian actress and model best known for her performance as Danielle, a former porn star in the teen comedy film The Girl Next Door (2004), Kim Bauer in 24, Carly Jones in House of Wax (2005), Alex Kerkovich in the ABC comedy Happy Endings, Carol Anne in Love Actually, among many others. She is also a model, and in fact, one of her earliest involvement was as a model.
Elisha Ann Cuthbert was born on November 30, 1982, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her parents are Kevin Cuthbert, an automotive design engineer and her mother, Patricia Cuthbert, a housewife. Elisha Cuthbert grew up in Greenfield Park, Quebec. As a result, she speaks fluent French. She attended Centennial Regional High School in 2000 and moved to Hollywood, Los Angeles, when she was 17.
As a child and member of Girl Guides of Canada, she participated in several Girl Guide programs. When she moved to Los Angeles, she had a deadline of six weeks to start an acting career, and she landed a role as Kim Bauer, the daughter of a federal agent, Jack Bauer, in the television series 24.
Elisha Cuthbert began modelling for children’s apparel and footwear when she was nine years old. She appeared on TV for the first time in 1996 as an extra on the Canadian horror-themed series titled Are You Afraid of the Dark? She later landed a recurring role as Megan on the show.
She played the fictional character of Carolyn Price in the 1997 juvenile fiction book Nico the Unicorn. Elisha Cuthbert co-hosted alongside Jay Baruchel the 1997 episode, Hollywood FX of the Canadian children’s television series Popular Mechanics for Kids, and subsequently offered a chance to host another episode in 1999.
She was noticed by Hillary Clinton, the then-US, while travelling around the world as a journalist for the award-winning show, and she was invited to the White House. She began her career in the Canadian film business, making her feature film debut when she featured in the family drama titled Dancing on the Moon (1997) as Sarah. Elisha Cuthbert appeared in the disaster thriller Airspeed (1998) as Nicole Stone before acting alongside Ricky Mabe in Believe (1999) as Katherine Winslowe.
After moving to Hollywood, she landed the role of Kim Bauer on Fox’s 24. She played the lead part for three seasons before quitting to pursue a film career, but she guest-starred in the show multiple times and also gave her voice in 24: The Game.
She also appeared as a guest in five episodes of season seven and two episodes in season eight. She was in the ensemble cast of the Christmas-themed romantic comedy Love Actually as Carol Anne, which was a box office hit, and she had a minor role as Darcie Goldberg in the Hollywood movie Old School in 2003.
Her big break came when she was cast in The Girl Next Door as Danielle, an ex-porn star who fell in love with a straight-A student. Elisha Cuthbert had doubts about portraying the character at first, but after being persuaded by the movie director, Luke Greenfield, she researched the role by reading the biographies of adult actresses and meeting with some of them.
She received two ‘MTV Movie Award’ nominations for her performance in the film, for ‘Best Kiss’ and ‘Best Breakthrough Performance,’ and was lauded for her humorous performance.
Elisha Cuthbert starred alongside Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton in the 2005 adaptation of the 1953 horror film House of Wax, in which she played Carly Jones. Despite its commercial success, the film underperformed, according to critics.
Elisha Cuthbert co-produced The Quiet, in which she also acted the role of Nina Deer, a sexually-abused teenage cheerleader. The film’s director gave her the role because she was deemed to be too prominent to be the ‘invisible’ character, Dot. Cuthbert appeared in the music videos for Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved in 2004, Weezer’s Perfect Situation in 2005, and Paris Hilton’s Nothing in This World in 2006.
Her career hit rock bottom when she was nominated for the ‘Razzie Award’ in the ‘Worst Actress’ category for her performance in the 2007 thriller Captivity as a fashion model imprisoned by a psychopath.
Elisha Cuthbert later played Venessa Parks, quadriplegic, in the drama film He Was a Quiet Man (2007). She then acted as an affluent, playful teenager in the comedy film My Sassy Girl (2008).
She made her comeback to television in 2008, starring in the Canadian miniseries Guns and the pilot of the failed American adaptation of the Channel 4 drama NY-LON.
She appeared as a judge on one episode of Project Runway Canada and as the daughter of Tim Allen in the family comedy The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, which was released on DVD.
In 2010, she portrayed Maxine Denver in the ABC crime drama The Forgotten, and from 2011 to 2013; she starred as Alex Kerkovich in the ABC ensemble comedy Happy Endings. She presented the American Music Awards in 2012 and appeared in The Gaslight Anthem’s music video Here Comes My Man. A Maxim magazine named Elisha Cuthbert as “TV’s most beautiful woman.”
She had a small role in the 2014 black comedy Just Before I Go and in 2015. Elisha Cuthbert played the female lead role in Liz Feldman and Ellen DeGeneres’ NBC sitcom pilot One Big Happy in 2014. Cuthbert portrays Lizzy, a lesbian who becomes pregnant for her straight male best friend (Nick Zano), who at the same time as meets and marries Prudence, the love of his life.
In 2014, six episodes of the show were ordered, and it premiered in early 2015. After one season, the show was cancelled. Cuthbert starred alongside Seann William Scott in the sequel to the 2011 comedy Goon in 2015. In June, Goon: Last of the Enforcers began filming in Toronto in which she played Mary. Alison Pill and Liev Schreiber reprised their roles from the first film.
Elisha Cuthbert joined the cast of Netflix’s comedic TV series The Ranch in 2016, where she has played the main role. She played Janet Berry-Straw in the film Eat Wheaties! in 2020. She will star in the horror movie The Cellar.
Elisha Ann Cuthbert Personal Life
Between 2003 and 2005, Elisha Cuthbert dated and was engaged to Trace Ayala, who is the best friend and a business partner to singer-songwriter and actor Justin Timberlake. However, in November 2005, they called off their engagement, prompting Timberlake to write the song What Goes Around Comes Around, which is purportedly about Cuthbert cheating on Ayala with hockey player Sean Avery.
She began dating Avery shortly after, but they broke up in 2007, and she moved on to Dion Phaneuf, another hockey player. After making a vulgar remark about his ex-current girlfriend’s involvement with Phaneuf, Avery was suspended for six games and subsequently thrown off the Dallas Stars in 2008.
After announcing their engagement in September 2012, Elisha Cuthbert and Phaneuf married on July 6, 2013. The couple has one daughter, Zaphire.
Cuthbert enjoys drawing and has two younger siblings. She is an ice hockey fan who owned a season ticket to the Los Angeles Kings. Elisha Cuthbert’s mother and brother were also ice hockey players. She had a blog on the NHL website in 2005, albeit she didn’t publish for the majority of the season. Elisha Cuthbert’s Instagram is @elishaphaneuf.
She is Not ‘Just’ A Canadian Actress
She has been named to FHM and Maxim’s yearly lists of “hottest women” every year since she began playing Kim Bauer. In the 2008 UK edition of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, she was ranked No. 4. In other publications, she has maintained a high rating.
Awards And Nominations
Elisha Cuthbert has been nominated for several awards and has won quite a few. In 2001 she won her first award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series at the Gemini Awards for her performance as Katlin Palmerson in Lucky Girl.
In 2003, she won Best Cast in a Drama Series at the Online Film Critics Society for her performance as Kim Bauer in 24. The same year, Elisha won Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award’s Best Ensemble.
That is all for now on the biography of Elisha Cuthbert.