Elizabeth McGovern, 60, embraces greying locks after sharing struggles with ageism in Hollywood


Elizabeth McGovern, 60, looks incredible as she embraces her greying locks after sharing her struggles with ageism in Hollywood


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Elizabeth McGovern, 60, looked incredible as she embraced her greying hair for an appearance at the BBC studios on Sunday. 

The Oscar nominated actress donned a chic all-black ensemble with tan heels as she showed up to chat with presenter Sophie Raworth. 

Elizabeth, who is known for her long standing role on Downton Abbey, recently discussed her thoughts on ageism and sexism in Hollywood. 

So chic! Elizabeth McGovern, 60, looked incredible as she embraced her greying hair for an appearance at the BBC studios on Sunday

So chic! Elizabeth McGovern, 60, looked incredible as she embraced her greying hair for an appearance at the BBC studios on Sunday

So chic! Elizabeth McGovern, 60, looked incredible as she embraced her greying hair for an appearance at the BBC studios on Sunday

Speaking to The Telegraph, the actress admitted that she feels restricted as an older actress due to the lack of variation in the roles available.  

Reflecting on her past and future characters, Elizabeth admitted that her choices are limited between two stereotypical roles, ‘the perfect grandmother’ or a ‘crazy woman.’ 

She explained: ‘When you get to be my age, you either have a choice between the crazy woman who refused ever to become the perfect mother and wife and is now a neurotic, mostly alcoholic mess, or you play the nice perfect grandmother with hands folded in your lap.’  

Speaking out: Elizabeth, who is known for her long standing role on Downton Abbey, recently discussed her thoughts on ageism and sexism in Hollywood

Speaking out: Elizabeth, who is known for her long standing role on Downton Abbey, recently discussed her thoughts on ageism and sexism in Hollywood

Speaking out: Elizabeth, who is known for her long standing role on Downton Abbey, recently discussed her thoughts on ageism and sexism in Hollywood 

Elizabeth, who famously played Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, recently reprised her role for the new film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, set to be released in March. 

In her most recent venture, Ava: the Secret Conversations, she will take on the role of Hollywood legend Ava Gardner, of whom she is a big fan. 

The London based theatre production, has been adapted by Elizabeth from the 2013 biography by Peter Evans, based on conversations he has with Ava between 1988 and her death in 1990.   

Stereotypical characters: The actress admitted that she feels restricted as an older actress due to the lack of variation in the roles available

Stereotypical characters: The actress admitted that she feels restricted as an older actress due to the lack of variation in the roles available

Striking: Elizabeth is pictured with raven hair in 2019

Striking: Elizabeth is pictured with raven hair in 2019

Stereotyped: The actress (pictured right with raven hair in 2019) admitted that she feels restricted as an older actress due to the lack of variation in the roles available

Ava, who was known as a screen siren, saw her love-life and numerous marriages the focus of the tabloids. 

Elizabeth admitted that she felt Hollywood films ‘are very much a male gaze at a woman’, and that most of the time her ‘job was to recreate some kind of version of it.’

She added: ‘First, it was the perfect girlfriend, then it became the perfect wife, then the perfect mother.’ 

Elizabeth confessed that the recent #Metoo social movement, which worked to lift the lid on sex crimes and empower women to speak up, made her realise issues within the industry. 

The Golden Globe nominee, admitted that it was through her daughters, Matilda, 28, and Grace, 23, that she learnt about her past acceptance of certain experiences. 

It was the attitude of her daughters that helped her become aware of sexism in Hollywood as she was forced to reflect on her own career. 

She detailed: ‘My daughters see right through all the c**p in a way that I wouldn’t have done at their age. I was more sort of looking for somebody to sweep me off my feet in a romantic way.’ 

One to watch: Elizabeth, who famously played Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, recently reprised her role for the new film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, set to be released in March (seen alongside Hugh Bonneville)

One to watch: Elizabeth, who famously played Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, recently reprised her role for the new film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, set to be released in March (seen alongside Hugh Bonneville)

One to watch: Elizabeth, who famously played Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, recently reprised her role for the new film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, set to be released in March (seen alongside Hugh Bonneville)

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