Elizabeth Karlsen

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Elizabeth Karlsen
Born1960 (age 58–59)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Stephen Woolley

Elizabeth Karlsen (born 1960)[citation needed] is a British film producer. She co-founded Number 9 Films in 2002 with production partner and husband Stephen Woolley.[1][2]

Karlsen's producing credits include Terence DaviesThe Neon Bible, starring Gena Rowlands and selected for Cannes competition; Mark Herman’s Little Voice, nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, six BAFTA Awards and an Academy Award; the HBO single drama Mrs. Harris, starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley, nominated for 12 Primetime Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a Producers Guild of America Award and for which Karlsen received the Women's Image Network Award; the BAFTA-nominated Great Expectations, directed by Mike Newell, starring Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter; Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan, starring Saoirse Ronan; and Made in Dagenham, nominated for three BAFTAs. She also produced the international box office success Ladies in Lavender, starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, and co-produced Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, nominated for six Academy Awards.

Her latest films − Carol, written by Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel − premiered in main competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4] Projects in development include an original project from Caméra d'Or winner Anthony Chen and a co-production with Killer Films, written and directed by Wash West.[citation needed]

Karlsen has served on the board of EM Media,[5] the Edinburgh Festival and is currently Chair of Women in Film & Television (UK).[6]

In 2019 she was awarded the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, together with Stephen Woolley.[7]

Number 9 Films[edit]

Number 9 Films was co-founded by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley after a long collaboration at both Palace and Scala Productions.[8][9] The company is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies forging relationships with a wide range of talent in the UK, across Europe and in the States.[10]

Films produced under the Number 9 Films banner include Made in Dagenham,[11] which was made into a West End musical in 2014, Byzantium,[12] Great Expectations,[13] How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, Sounds Like Teen Spirit,[14] Breakfast on Pluto, Mrs. Harris,[15] Stoned, and And When Did You Last See Your Father?.[16]

Number 9 Films’ most recent productions are Carol, written by Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.[17] Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, and Jane Fonda,[18] and Hyena, which opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[19]

Current productions include On Chesil Beach, screenplay by Ian McEwan and directed by Dominic Cooke,[20] The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman and directed by Juan Carlos Medina.[21] and Their Finest, written by Gaby Chiappe, directed by Lone Scherfig.[22] Colette (2018 film) starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West was filmed in 2017 and set for release in late 2018.[23]

Filmography as producer[edit]

Director's name in brackets after film title.


  1. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (December 5, 2013). "Karlsen named new chair of WFTV". Screen Daily.
  2. ^ Picardie, Ruth (September 5, 1996). "Golden girl, producer, mother, babe". The Independent.
  3. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (May 14, 2015). "Passion project: meet the indie super-producer behind Cannes hot ticket Carol". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Karlsen's Films Carol and Youth". WFTV. April 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Cooper, Sarah (June 8, 2011). "EM Media extends board to cover East of England". WFTV.
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Karlsen New WFTV UK Chairperson". WFTV. December 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Karlsen & Stephen Woolley – Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ Gritten, David (September 16, 2010). "Made in Dagenham: interview with producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen". The Daily Telegraph.
  9. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (July 7, 2011). "Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, Number 9 Films". Screen Daily.
  10. ^ Dams, Tim (May 16, 2012). "The UKs top 40 film production companies". Televisual.
  11. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (July 7, 2011). "Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, Number 9 Films". The Daily Telegraph.
  12. ^ Kemp, Stuart (May 14, 2011). "Saoirse Ronan & Gemma Arterton star in Vampire Pic 'Byzantium'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Waters, Florence (July 5, 2011). "BBC commissions two rival versions of Charles Dickens Great Expectations". The Daily Telegraph.
  14. ^ Harvey, Dennis (September 17, 2008). "Sounds Like Teen spirit a popumentary". Variety.
  15. ^ Harvey, Dennis (September 16, 2005). "Mrs Harris". Variety.
  16. ^ Hunter, Allan (August 22, 2007). "And When Did You last See Your Father". Screendaily.
  17. ^ "Todd Haynes' Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara starts production". Goldcrest Films. March 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "Elizabeth Karlsen's Films Carol and Youth". WFTV. April 2016, 2015. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  19. ^ "Hyena". British Film Council.
  20. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (17 February 2016). "Saoirse Ronan to star in 'On Chesil Beach'". Variety (magazine)\Variety. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  21. ^ Barraclough, Leo (April 17, 2015). "Alan Rickman to star in jane goldman's gothic tale Limehouse Golem". Variety.
  22. ^ Barraclough, Leo (April 14, 2015). "Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin to star in Lone Scherfig's Their Finest Hour and a Half first Golem". Variety.
  23. ^ https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a23494636/dominic-west-colette-interview/

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