|Born||Jessica Brooke Capshaw
(1976-08-09) August 9, 1976
Columbia, Missouri, U.S
|Alma mater||Brown University (1998)
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
|Spouse(s)||Christopher Gavigan (m. 2004)|
|Relatives||Steven Spielberg (stepfather)
Sasha Spielberg (maternal half-sister)
Theo Spielberg (adopted brother)
Jessica Brooke Capshaw Gavigan (born August 9, 1976), known professionally as Jessica Capshaw, is an American actress. She is known for her role as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and Dr. 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 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. She is the stepdaughter of director Steven Spielberg. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1994 and Brown University in 1998 with an English degree. She then attended acting classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. Her mother converted to Judaism subsequent to her birth.
In the 2001 slasher film Valentine, Capshaw played Dorothy Wheeler. In 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.
She was established as a love-interest for orthopedic resident Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). Series creator Shonda Rhimes was pleased with the chemistry between Robbins and Torres, citing the addition of Capshaw to the cast as an element of the season of which she was most proud. Speaking of the new addition, Rhimes said: “I love Jessica Capshaw, and when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.” Initial media reaction to the character was positive. Matt Mitovich of TV Guide described her as a “fan favorite”, and Chris Monfette for IGN praised the addition of “fresh, new characters”, such as Robbins over the course of the season. In March of 2018, Capshaw was let go from Grey’s Anatomy, with the producers citing creative reasons.
Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan on May 22, 2004, at her family’s East Hampton estate. Capshaw took her husband’s last name at marriage, becoming “Jessica Brooke Capshaw Gavigan”. The couple have three daughters and a son. Luke (b. 2007), Eve (b. 2010), Poppy (b. 2012) and Josephine (b. 2016).
|1999||The Love Letter||Kelly|
|2000||Big Time||Claire||Short film|
|2002||The Mesmerist||Daisy Valdemar|
|2003||View from the Top||Royalty International Flight Attendant||Uncredited|
|2007||Blind Trust||Cassie Stewart|
|2014||The Hero of Color City||Duck|
|1999||ER||Sally McKenna||1 episode: “Rites of Spring”|
|1999-2000||Odd Man Out||Aunt Jordan||Main cast
|2001||The Back Page||TV Movie|
|2002-2004||The Practice||Jamie Stringer||Main cast
Season 7 & 8; 42 episodes
|2005||Into the West||Rachel Wheeler||1 episode: “Manifest Destiny”|
|2006||Thick and Thin||Mary||Unaired|
|2006||Bones||Rebecca Stinson||2 episodes: “Mother and Child in the Bay”, “The Truth in the Lye”|
|2007||The L Word||Nadia Karella||3 episodes: “Livin’ La Vida Loca”, “Lassoed”, “Layup”|
|2009||Head Case||1 episode: “Tying the Not”|
|2009–2018||Grey’s Anatomy||Dr. Arizona Robbins||Recurring (Season 5)
Main Cast (Season 6-14) 214 episodes
|2010||One Angry Juror||Sarah Walsh||TV Movie|