Elizabeth Karlsen


Elizabeth co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 after a long collaboration at leading independent UK film distribution and producing company Palace Pictures.

In 2015 they produced the multi-award-winning critical and box office success CAROL, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, written by award-winning scribe Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Mara was awarded the Best Actress award in Cannes where the film was selected for 2015 Cannes competition. The film was the most nominated film of 2015 receiving 6 Golden Globe nominations, 6 Academy Award nominations, 9 BAFTA nominations, the winner of 4 New York Film Critics Circle Awards including Best Picture and multiple other nominations and wins worldwide.

They also co-produced in the same year Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda, which was selected for 2015 Cannes competition, nominated for an Academy Award and the winner of 3 European Film Awards including Best Film.

Other credits include: Neil Jordan’s THE CRYING GAME, nominated for 6 Academy Awards, Mark Herman’s LITTLE VOICE, nominated for 6 Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award and 6 BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture; the HBO single drama MRS HARRIS starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley nominated for 12 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Producer’s Guild of America Award; the BAFTA nominated GREAT EXPECTATIONS, written by David Nicholls, directed by Mike Newell and starring Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane as well as BYZANTIUM written by Moira Buffini, directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan; MADE IN DAGENHAM nominated for 3 BAFTAs, 4 BIFAs, 2 Evening Standard Awards and a London Critics Circle Award. MADE IN DAGENHAM THE MUSICAL opened at the Adelphi in London’s West End in October 2014 starring Gemma Arterton.

Recently filmography includes: HYENA directed by Gerard Johnson and starring Peter Fernando which opened the Edinburgh Festival in the UK and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York; 2016 releases include LIMEHOUSE GOLEM adapted from Peter Ackroyd’s novel, written by Jane Goldman, and directed by Juan Carlos Medina, starring Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth; WE HAPPY FEW, an adaptation of Lissa Evans’ THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF by Gaby Chiappe, directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. This Autumn sees production commence on ON CHESIL BEACH, an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best-selling Booker Prize short-listed novel, adapted by Ian, directed by Dominic Cooke and starring two-time Academy Award nominee, Saoirse Ronan.

Elizabeth has served on the board of EM Media, The Edinburgh Festival, was chair of Women in Film and TV UK and she was on the advisory board for the 2016 NFTS Gala.

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