Jessica Capshaw is an American actress. She is known for her role as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. She was introduced in Grey’s Anatomy’s fifth season as an attending surgeon and the new head of pediatric surgery. Originally contracted to appear in three episodes, Capshaw’s contract was extended to the remainder of the fifth season, with her becoming a series regular in the sixth season.
Capshaw was born August 9, 1976, in Columbia, Missouri, the daughter of actress and producer Kate Capshaw, and Robert Capshaw, a sales manager, marketing director, business executive, and high school principal. Similarly, Capshaw graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles in 1994. Further, she then enrolled at Brown University, where she appeared in productions of Arcadia and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English. Likewise, during summers, she attended classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, where she appeared as Puck in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Capshaw had a minor role in the drama The Locusts (1997), co-starring her mother, at age nineteen. Further, she subsequently had a role in Adam Rifkin’s independent film Denial (1998). Since 2001 slasher film Valentine, Capshaw played Dorothy Wheeler. She then had a minor role in Minority Report (2002) and a lead role in Edward Burns’s The Groomsmen (2006).
Since 2009, she became a regular on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It was first reported in December 2008 that Capshaw would be joining the cast of Grey’s Anatomy as pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins, for a multi-episode arc. Initially scheduled to appear in three episodes of the show’s fifth season, series creator Shonda Rhimes later extended Capshaw’s contract to appear in all of the season’s remaining episodes, becoming a series regular in the sixth season.
Capshaw tied a knot to Christopher Gavigan on May 22, 2004, at her family’s East Hampton estate. The couple have a son and three daughters.
- Full Name: Jessica Brooke Capshaw
- Date of Birth: August 9, 1976
- Age: 43
- Birth Place: Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
- Alma mater: Brown University (BA)
- Occupation: Actress, Activist, Entrepreneur
- Years active: 1997–present
- Spouse(s): Christopher Gavigan (since m. 2004)
- Children: 4
- Parent(s): Kate Capshaw
- Height: 1.65 m
- Net Worth: $20 million dollars
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