Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw

TV Actress

Jessica Capshaw is an American actress known for her roles as Jamie Stringer in The Practice, and as Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Full Name
Aug 9, 1976
5′ 5″
Net Worth


Jessica Brooke Capshaw Gavigan, popularly known as Jessica Capshaw, was born on August 9th, 1976 in Columbia, Missouri. She is an American actress and former fashion model. Her parents are Robert Capshaw, a sales manager and Kate Capshaw, an actress best known for her role in the Indiana Jones films. 

Capshaw studied at Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After graduating from college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and landed a few small roles in television shows such as "ER" and "The Practice." In 2004, she was cast as Dr. Arizona Robbins in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy; a role which she held until 2018 when her character departed from the show.

In addition to her acting career, Capshaw also worked as a fashion model for brands such as Banana Republic and Gap. She has appeared on numerous magazine covers including Glamour and Cosmopolitan and has made several television appearances including The Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

Capshaw is married to Christopher Gavigan with whom she has four children: Luke Hudson (born 2006), Eve Augusta (born 2008), Poppy James (born 2012) and Josephine Kate (born 2015). Together they founded Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-income children with basic necessities such as diapers and clothing.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1976</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Jessica Capshaw is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 9, 1976, Jessica Capshaw was born in Columbia, Missouri. Her mother is former actress Kate Capshaw and her father is Robert Capshaw.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Graduates from Brown University</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Capshaw graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2003</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins the Cast of Grey's Anatomy</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">In 2003, Jessica joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Arizona Robbins.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries Christopher Gavigan</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan, cofounder of The Honest Company, on May 5, 2005.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Gives Birth to 1st Child</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On June 6, 2007, Capshaw gave birth to her first child, Luke Hudson Gavigan.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Gives Birth to 2nd Child</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On October 20, 2009, Capshaw gave birth to her second child, Eve Augusta Gavigan.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Exits Grey's Anatomy</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">After 11 years on the show, Capshaw exited Grey's Anatomy at the end of Season 14.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She is a Positive Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jessica Capshaw is a positive role model for young women. Through her work on TV, she shows that women can be strong, independent and successful. She also speaks openly about issues like body image and self-confidence in interviews, which helps to inspire young women.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's an Amazing Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jessica Capshaw is an amazing actress. Her roles are always engaging and her performances are captivating. She has been nominated for numerous awards and continues to impress with each new role she takes on.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She Is A Humanitarian</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jessica Capshaw is a humanitarian who works with multiple organizations that aim to help children in need. She supports causes like education, healthcare and poverty alleviation, and she has even visited countries like India to witness the effects of these programs firsthand.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> She is the Stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessica Capshaw is the stepdaughter of famous director Steven Spielberg. She has appeared in two of his films, notably Minority Report (2002) and The Terminal (2004).</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> She is Part Mexican</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessica Capshaw is part Mexican. Her mother Kate Capshaw was born in Fort Worth, Texas and is of English, German and Irish descent.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> She Played a Lesbian Character on Grey's Anatomy</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">On Grey’s Anatomy, Jessica Capshaw played the role of Dr. Arizona Robbins, a lesbian pediatric surgeon. Her character was popular with fans for her frank attitude and strong convictions.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> She Was an All-American Volleyball Player</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In college, Jessica Capshaw played volleyball on the UCLA Bruins Women’s Volleyball team. She was named All-American in 1994 and 1995.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> She is Married to Christopher Gavigan</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessica Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan in 2004. They have four children together - two sons and two daughters.</p></div>


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