Born in London, England, Elizabeth led a fairly sheltered life of privilege throughout her childhood. Since the death of her mother, Governor Swann had raised his daughter on his own. Much to her father’s dismay, pirates had always fascinated Elizabeth, mainly on the HMS Dauntless’ voyage from England to the British colony at Port Royal on the vibrant and prosperous island of Jamaica. When the Dauntless crew rescued young Will Turner, a mysterious shipwreck survivor from a pirate attack, she recognized the “pirate medallion” he wore. Little did she know what adventures would stem from this fateful encounter.
Eight years later, Elizabeth’s cozy world was turned upside down after Captain Jack Sparrow rescued her from drowning: lured by the medallion, cursed pirates kidnapped Elizabeth. She was brought aboard the Black Pearl, a captive of Hector Barbossa, and was taken to Isla de Muerta. Days after Will Turner joined forces with Jack Sparrow, the cursed pirates were defeated with the assistance of Elizabeth’s betrothed, Commodore James Norrington. In return for his help, Elizabeth aided Jack Sparrow in escaping from the gallows, and then left Norrington for Will Turner, her path chosen.
Except Will didn’t choose her.
He left with Captain Jack Sparrow, leaving her behind, humiliated. Norrington resigned his post, refusing to be the second fiddle to Elizabeth’s attention. Over the next year she convinced herself that Will only need to be saved, and tricked him into coming back to Port Royal for their wedding.
Only to have them both arrested by Cutler Beckett.
When Will was released to find Sparrow, she followed to save him from the influence of Sparrow, leading to her betraying the Pirate Captain to Davy Jones and the Kraken.
It was then, she realized the mistake she made.
Determined to set it right, she helped lead Will and his friends to the End of the World to find Jack. She watched in shocked dismay at the real relationship between Jack and Will. Still in shock, she was handed over to Sao Feng, who thought she was Calypso returned.
Attacked by the Dutchman, the Captain was killed and ship destroyed – Elizabeth was named Captain, just in time to be captured by Davy Jones. It was here she was reunited with Norrington. He helped her and the crew escape and when she turned back to call to him, she saw Davy Jones kill him.
Elizabeth realized she had been deceiving herself the whole time. Her heart had always belonged to Norrington, and it was her rebellious spirit that called out to Will.
During the battle with Davy Jones, Sparrow gave his consent and married Elizabeth and Norrington. She was pretty sure it was mainly to get her away from Will.
Only to have her life up-heaved when Davy Jones gave the command of the Dutchman to Norrington and spilled her blood on the deck to tie them for eternity.
She at least got her wedding night, and when Norrington showed up ten years later he was introduced to his son.
In time she moved to South Carolina to raise her son, and watched as he grew, got married and had kids of her own. When the time came she moved to England for a while to be introduced to an ancestor in Guin, Camelot’s Queen.
She’s traveled and had many adventures, over the decades, and recently took up acting in the recent years. When she discovered a descendant had gotten into trouble, she asked Charlie to go pick the young Claire up and bring her to Sanctuary.
Only for them to disappear.
She knew Will and Sparrow were looking for her, and their lost Clan Member, when it hit her that it was the Locker. When she showed up to inform them, the Dutchman was in harbor. Happy to see her husband, she was dismayed to learn he had no idea how to get into the locker.
Davy Jones arrived to take over the Dutchman, leaving her and Norrington behind.
Finally being together, after all this time they knew what had to be done, so they approached Jack and Stephen to be Turned.