Elizabeth Hanna

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Elizabeth Hanna
Born (1953-04-02) April 2, 1953 (age 63)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Education National Theatre School of Canada
Carleton University
University of Toronto
Occupation Actress, speech-language pathologist
Years active 1980–present

Elizabeth Hanna (born April 2, 1953) is a Canadian film and television actress, most notable for her voice acting work in animated films. She later complemented her voice acting skills by becoming a speech-language pathologist.


Early history[edit]

Elizabeth Hanna spent her early years in Ottawa, where she graduated from Glebe Collegiate Institute.[1] She attended Carleton University, where she graduated with a major in philosophy.[2][3] She was then accepted into the National Theatre School of Canada, based in Montreal, Quebec, from which she graduated in 1977.[4][5]

Acting career[edit]

Hanna then relocated to Toronto, where she continues to be based. She initially commenced her professional acting career appearing in various Toronto stage productions. She also began to obtain commercial voice-over work, contributing to national television and radio advertising campaigns. This led to the development of her career as a voice actor in a number of animated films associated with such well-known characters as Little Bear, the Care Bears, Babar the Elephant, and Sailor Moon.[6] Much of Hanna's voice acting work has been in productions of the Nelvana group.

As a speech-language pathologist[edit]

Hanna later complemented her voice acting and voiceover skills by obtaining a Master of Health Science degree, majoring in Speech-Language Pathology, from the University of Toronto. She commenced practising as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1996 while continuing her voice and other contributions to film and television, as well as voice contributions to video games.[6]



  1. ^ Where she was preceded by Luba Goy, later of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. Both also graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. Both also have done extensive voice-acting work in productions for Nelvana, including performing together in such productions as The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland.
  2. ^ And where some of her undergraduate work was published. See reference to her "The '6's' in the Tractatus", published in Vol 1(2) of The Carleton University Student Journal of Philosophy (Summer, 1974), CUSJP Issues Printed on Paper; www.carleton.ca/philosophy/cusjp, in which Hanna discusses Ludwig Wittgenstein's sixth proposition from his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus . Hanna's research and analytical orientations have continued in her later career as a speech-language pathologist: see "Selected Recent Presentations/Publications" at Profile of Elizabeth Hanna; www.clearspeech.ca.
  3. ^ One of Hanna's contemporaries during her time at Carleton was comedian Dan Aykroyd.
  4. ^ "Alumni, Acting: 1970-1979". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. 
  5. ^ One of Hanna's classmates at the National Theatre School was Canadian actor, writer and director Jack Blum.
  6. ^ a b Profile of Elizabeth Hanna; www.clearspeech.ca.
  7. ^ Primarily from the Internet Movie Database, as supplemented. For further details, see Elizabeth Hanna Filmography; www.imdb.com.
  8. ^ One episode, "Sky High Anxiety".
  9. ^ See also List of Franklin characters.
  10. ^ One episode, "Treed" (1995); www.imdb.com.
  11. ^ One episode, "Taking Flight" (1995); www.imdb.com.
  12. ^ See also The Haunt of Fear.
  13. ^ Hanna voiced the character of Delia Deetz, who was played in the 1988 film by Catherine O'Hara. See Delia Deetz (character); www.imdb.com.
  14. ^ See also List of characters in The Raccoons.
  15. ^ One episode, "World Class City" (1989); www.imdb.com.
  16. ^ One episode, "Skeleton In The Closet" (1989); www.imdb.com.
  17. ^ See also Mirage (C.O.P.S.).
  18. ^ Credited as The Wicked Witch of the West, but also voicing The Good Witch of the North and Jellia Jamb.

External links[edit]