Jessica Capshaw
Jessica Brooke Capshaw
(born August 9, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and for her role as Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. She was introduced in the show's fifth season as an attending surgeon and the new head of paediatric 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.

Personal LifeEdit

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.

Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan on May 22, 2004 at her family's East Hampton estate. They have three children: son Luke Hudson Gavigan (born September 8, 2007) and daughters Eve Augusta Gavigan (born October 20, 2010) and Poppy James Gavigan (born June 20, 2012).


In the motion picture, Valentine, Capshaw played Dorothy Wheeler. In 2009, she became a regular on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, reuniting with The Practice co-star Chyler Leigh and Valentine co-star Katherine Heigl. She was a recurring character in the fifth season, and was upgraded to series regular in the sixth.


Year Film Role
1999 ER Sally
Odd Man Out Aunt Jordan
2000 Big Time Claire
2001 Valentine Dorothy Wheeler
2002 Minority Report Officer Evanna
The Practice Jamie Stringer
The Mesmerist Daisy
2003 "View from the Top" Air Hostess
2005 Into the West Rachel Wheeler
2006 The Groomsmen Jen
Thick and Thin Mary
Bones Rebecca Stinson
2007 The L Word Nadia Karella
Blind Trust Cassie Stewart
2009-present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Arizona Robbins
2010 One Angry Juror Sarah Walsh