Elissa Sursara

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Elissa Sursara
Elissa Sursara in the bridge of the MY Steve Irwin for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society..jpg
Sursara in February 2013
Born Elissa Sursara
Avalon Beach, Sydney
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Australian National University[1]
Occupation Conservationist
Website www.elissasursara.org

Elissa Sursara (born 1988)[1] is an Australian conservationist.[2][3] She has taken part in two Sea Shepherd campaigns as a crew member.[4] Since September 2015 she has been an occasional contributor on environmental issues to The Huffington Post Australia.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

As a child and teenager, Sursara appeared as an extra on television and in films, including in Touched by an Angel (1994), American Gothic (1996), Boston Public (2001), Marion Bridge (2002), Touch & Go (2003) and Going for Broke (2004).[1][6]

Sursara studied biomedical engineering and environmental biology at the Australian National University.[1]

Sea Shepherd[edit]

Sursara met Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, when he visited the Gold Coast in Queensland. She decided to join, and several years later became a crew member in two campaigns, Operation Zero Tolerance and Operation Relentless.[4] During the latter, she was a quartermaster on MY Sam Simon.[7]


Sursara has spoken out against cyberbullying and bullying in schools after being targeted herself at school as a child.[1] From 2005 she was a victim of identity theft. In a 2012 article for News.com.au, Sursara said there were over 500 fake accounts pretending to be her.[2]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Hector Reno English
2002 Marion Bridge Sam
The Wet Season Taylor
2003 Touch & Go Krissa
Going For Broke Annabelle
2004 Days Like These Alicia
2005 Johnny Benson's Adventures Camilla
2006 Live Free or Die Christy
2007 The Screening Ava
Equal Opportunity Bena Brazilian
Pain Within Brittany


Year Title Role Language Notes
1994–96 Para Crancias Co-Host Portuguese 22 episodes
Touched by an Angel Natalie English "The Heart of the Matter"
1996 American Gothic Alex English "Requiem"
2001 Boston Public Rea English "Chapter Seventeen"
2002 Taken Lena English "Dropping the Dishes"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Jessica English "Domestic Issues"
2009 Bondi Vet Herself English "Episode #1.14"
2011 Whale Wars Herself English 8 episodes


  1. ^ a b c d e Batt, Elizabeth (19 October 2012). "Australian ecologist reveals lifelong bullying nightmare", Digital Journal.
  2. ^ a b Shepherd, Tory (1 November 2012). "My Bieber nightmare: Fans sent me death threats". News.com.au. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Brooke. "Elissa Sursara Interview". girl.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Mishler, Jennifer (8 July 2013). "Elissa Sursara on Risking it All for Whales in Antarctica", Ecorazzi.
  5. ^ "Elissa Sursara", The Huffington Post Australia.
  6. ^ "Elissa Sursara biography", Internet Movie Database.
  7. ^ "Elissa Sursara", Sea Shepherd Australia.

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