Elizabeth Henstridge gets ready to drop her ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’


Marvel adventure series begins its final ABC season

Elizabeth Henstridge

Though Elizabeth Henstridge’s tenure with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is about to end on the air, it technically finished last year.

ABC gave notice early enough for the fantasy-adventure’s cast and crew to film its seventh and final round at the same time as the sixth season, and the final episodes start Wednesday, May 27. Along with the rest of her team, Henstridge’s Agent Jemma Simmons is stuck in Depression-era New York, where something otherworldly could alter the course of history. The S.H.I.E.L.D. unit races time to solve the problem, with their Zephyr vehicle prone to make another time jump at any moment.

“Every good thing must come to an end,” the pleasant Henstridge reasons. “We’d had some warning that this was coming, so it’s been the long goodbye. As time goes on, it will get a bit harder, but I’ll be maintaining those relationships that are so special to me. And it’s nice now to have a history in a town that used to be so foreign to me (Los Angeles).”

Henstridge began her post-“S.H.I.E.L.D.” path last holiday season with her starring role in the Hallmark Channel movie “Christmas at the Plaza,” in which the native of England effected a flawless American accent that likely surprised her fans. She says she’s now “working on my own projects and keeping very busy, and hopefully, I’ll be doing something that I’m very passionate about.

“I do love auditioning,” adds Henstridge. “When you’re in that process, you get to be a lot of different characters and try out things. It’s a nice kind of wake-up call to make sure your skills are honed as an actor.”


Birthdate: Sept. 11, 1987

Birthplace: Sheffield, England

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Engaged to actor Zachary Abel (“Make It or Break It”)

Other television work includes: “Christmas at the Plaza,” “Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6” (voice only); “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero” (voice only), “Hollyoaks”

Movie work includes: “Wolves at the Door,” “Reach Me,” “Gangs of Tooting Broadway,” “The Thompsons”

On pursuing other projects now: “There’s an excitement to it. There’s not the same pressure as there was when I first moved to L.A., though it’s an adjustment. It’s an emotional roller coaster, and you don’t want to be on that roller coaster too long.”


Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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