Elisabeth Moss is an American actress best known for her television roles as first daughter Zoey Bartlet on The West Wing and as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.
She also had a starring role as Robin Griffin, a gutsy but inexperienced detective who investigates the case of a young pregnant girl who has gone missing, in the mystery drama television miniseries Top of the Lake, in 2013.
Moss made her screen debut at the age of six and has been steadily honing her skills ever since, working with some of Hollywood’s biggest names and landing coveted roles in an array of film, television and theater projects for which she has received critical acclaim.
As Peggy Olson, the ambitious yet naïve secretary who has evolved to a junior copywriter, Moss was nominated in 2009 for both an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Moss is most recognized for her seven-season run as Zoey Bartlet, the daughter of the president (Martin Sheen) on the critically acclaimed series The West Wing, but her extensive television credits include a recurring role on ABC's Invasion, and guest-starring turns on numerous shows, including Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey's Anatomy and The Practice.
Additionally, Moss co-starred opposite Susan Sarandon in HBO Pictures' off-beat road comedy, Earthly Possessions, directed by James Lapine; played a young Ashley Judd in the CBS mini-series The Judds: Love Will Build a Bridge, and starred with Bette Midler in CBS's remake of Gypsy, in the role of a young Gypsy Rose Lee.
Equally as accomplished on the big screen, Moss was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her starring role in the independent feature Virgin.
She starred alongside Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in producer Judd Apatow's Get Him to the Greek and was also featured in the 2009 romantic comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans?, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant and directed by Marc Lawrence.
Additional feature credits include director Ron Howard's The Missing with Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones; director James Mangold's Girl, Interrupted with Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder; writer/director Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford; A Thousand Acres opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange; Bittersweet Place opposite Seymour Cassel; The Joyriders with Martin Landau; and Imaginary Crimes with Harvey Keitel.
In 2008, Moss garnered rave reviews in her Broadway debut opposite Jeremy Piven and then William H. Macy starring in the revival of David Mamet's Hollywood satire Speed-the-Plow.
Moss made her stage debut in 2002 in the title role of Franny in Richard Nelson's Franny's Way at the Atlantic Theater, later reprising the role for the Los Angeles premiere of the play at the acclaimed Geffen Playhouse.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Moss trained in ballet from the age of five and attended a number of prestigious ballet schools, including the School of American Ballet in New York, and also studied with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center.