Elizabeth Henstridge is an English actress best known for her starring role as Jemma Simmons, an bio-chemist agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specialises in life sciences (both human and alien), in the superhero science fiction comedy-drama television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Having grown up on a farm in England's northern city of Sheffield, Elizabeth became the black sheep of the family when she chose to pursue acting in lieu of a "proper job".
She studied at Birmingham University followed by East 15 Acting School, London and soon thereafter moved to Los Angeles. Within six weeks of arriving, she booked a leading role in J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn's CW pilot Shelter.
Her first year culminated with filming the feature Reach Me with Sylvester Stallone, and being offered the role of Agent Jemma Simmons in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.