Jessica Capshaw

Active - 1997 - 2014  |   Born - Sep 9, 1976 in Columbia, Missouri, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction

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Fair haired-beauty Jessica Capshaw had an easy means of entering the world of show business, as her stepfather is blockbuster director Steven Spielberg, but she didn't let that stop her from learning the ropes on her own. After graduating from Brown University, Capshaw attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She then began wracking up a modest collection of supporting roles on episodes of shows like ER and the British series Odd Man Out, as well as in movies like Minority Report and The Groomsmen. In 2002, Capshaw joined the cast of the series The Practice, playing Jamie Stringer from 2002 to 2004. Another starring TV role came in 2009, when she signed on to play Dr. Arizona Robbins on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

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  • Studied acting in New York while in college and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London after college.
  • Was a production intern on stepfather Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Schindler's List, and had a small role in his 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report
  • Made her TV debut  in the 1996-97 ABC police drama High Incident (Spielberg was a cocreator) and her feature-film debut in the 1997 drama The Locusts (her mother, Kate Capshaw, was a costar).
  • First appeared as a regular on the 1999-2000 ABC sitcom Odd Man Out.
  • Was a regular on The Practice (2002-04), and played a lover of Bette (Jennifer Beals) in 2007 on The L Word.
  • Began a stint as pediatrician Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy in 2009.