Born in Calgary, Canada to Patricia, a homemaker, and Kevin, an auto design engineer, Elisha Ann Cuthbert is an actress.
She has two younger siblings, and grew up near Montreal, Quebec. In 2000, she graduated from Centennial Regional High School and moved to Los Angeles at 17 to act. But she promised her parents that if she didn't find work in six months, then she'd come home and go to college. "I didn't want to be delusional. I wanted a finish line. In the last week, '24' happened. It was my 24th audition."
In 2001, Cuthbert starred in the telefilm "Lucky Girl." Her performance as a student who becomes addicted to gambling earned her a Gemini, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy.
As a child, Elisha modeled children's clothing and was a foot model. She became a regular on the show "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and co-hosted "Popular Mechanics for Kids." Her feature roles include "Airspeed," but it was her role as the daughter of Jack Bauer on "24" that earned her the most attention.
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Elisha Cuthbert has also become a fixture on "sexiest" lists. She said, "I don't check. In fact, I don't read any Internet stuff. It seems like a dark and evil place. I have a few friends who are in the spotlight, who've called me in the middle of the night crying. I go, 'What are you doing? Get off your damn computer!' I mean, I don't need to know that Joe in his basement in Nebraska prefers Jessica Alba" (womenshealthmag.com).
From there, Elisha Cuthbert landed roles in "Old School," "Love Actually," "The Girl Next Door," "House of Wax," "The Quiet," and "Captivity." Her career began to wane and then she landed on the ABC comedy "Happy Endings." She'd love for Kiefer Sutherland to play her dad on the show and said it was his idea.
Elisha said of the pace of filming a comedy, ".I do come from a more subdued, subtle form of acting. But I like to get right up there with them. It's been a lot of fun. Even though it's different, I'm comfortable in it. I feel like I belong and it's good.I'm learning a lot" (collider.com).
She is engaged to her boyfriend in what she calls "the first real, healthy relationship of my life. I think you learn something from every relationship. But I've spent too much time with people who weren't worth spending that much time with."
Elisha Cuthbert lives in Los Angeles, but travels regularly to Canada.
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