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ELIZABETH BANKS (Charlene) is a talented actress and emerging producer, who recently co-founded Brownstone Productions. She was last seen on the big screen reprising her role as journalist Betty Brant in this summer's action blockbuster "Spider- Man 3.” Banks appeared in both of the previous "Spider-Man” films in the role director Sam Raimi created for her. Following "Fred Claus,” Banks will star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Rachel Weisz in the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe,” set for a February 2008 release. She will also star opposite Eddie Murphy in the sci-fi comedy "Starship Dave.” Banks recently wrapped production on "A Tale of Two Sisters,” a remake of the 2003 Korean thriller. She also stars in the upcoming comedy "Bill,” opposite Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba.

As a producer, Banks is currently in development on several projects, including the comedy "What About Barb,” a story about a socialite who must allow her cousin to be maid of honor so her rich uncle will pay for the wedding; "The Surrogates,” a sci-fi feature based on the graphic novel; and "Too Far from Home,” an adaptation of the Chris Jones novel about three astronauts who were stranded on the international space station.

Last year, Banks starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear in the sports drama "Invincible,” which opened number one at the box office. In 2005, Banks made a memorable turn in Judd Apatow's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin” as a playful bookstore employee who tries to seduce Steve Carell's title character. Her other recent credits include "The Sisters,” opposite Maria Bello and Eric McCormack, and the comedy horror "Slither.”

Banks shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the ensemble cast of the 2003 drama "Seabiscuit.” Her additional film credits include Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can”; "Daltry Calhoun,” with Johnny Knoxville; "Heights,” opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden; "Sexual Life”; "The Baxter”; "Shaft,” with Samuel L. Jackson; and "Wet Hot American Summer.” Banks has also appeared in the indie features "The Trade” and "Ordinary Sinner,” which won the Best Film Award at the 2002 Slamdunk Film Festival in Park City.

On television, Banks has a recurring role on NBC's "Scrubs.” She will also be seen in the CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon,” which is scheduled to air in late December.

For the stage, Banks' theater credits include American Conservatory Theatre's productions of "Hurlyburly,” "Bethlehem,” "A Midsummer Night's Dream,” "A Woman of No Importance” and "Uncle Vanya,” as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer & Smoke,” directed by David Esbjornson, and William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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