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15 April 1987 |
Early and personal life
Sapphire Chrystalla Elia was born on 15 April 1987 in London. Elia is of Greek-Cypriot heritage. She is 3/4 Greek and 1/4 English
Elia modelled for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Selfridges and Debenhams from the age of three. She later went on to appear in a number of adverts. In 1996, Elia began attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She was cast in the role of a young Cosette in Trevor Nunn's theatre production of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre.
In 1998, Elia became an entertainer on ITV's Fun Song Factory for one series. Two years later she became a presenter on Discovery Kids, which led to a two-hour reality show called Blast Off, where she attended the NASA Astronaut Training Camp for children. In 2002, Elia played Isabelle in the educational series, Energy for Pearson Education. The following year, she graduated from Sylvia Young.
In 2008, Elia successfully auditioned for the musical drama series Britannia High. She was cast as Claudine Cameron. During her time on the show, she recorded a song 'Do It All Over Again'. The song peaked at #21 on the UK charts and it also entered the Australian charts at #12. A year later, Elia played Snow White in a Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre. In 2010, the actress played the role of Amber in the movie Black Forest for the Syfy channel. In September of that year, Elia joined the cast of Emmerdale as Mia Macey. In May 2011, Elia confirmed her departure from Emmerdale.
For the 2010/2011 panto season, Elia played Princess Belle in Sleeping Beauty at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading.
In 2012, Sapphire toured the UK as Cecily Cardew in the Oscar Wilde play "Importance of Being Earnest" for Middle Ground.
Sapphire has also starred as Snow White in the 2012/13 panto season in Ipswich.
Sapphire graced the second cover to Image 34 magazine in June 2012.
Sapphire is to appear in the Christmas pantomime of Aladdin in Poole as Princess Xiaoxue in the 2016/17 season.
|1998||Fun Song Factory||Herself/Entertainer||One series|
|2000||Blast Off||Herself||2-hour Reality Show|
|2006||Dream Team||Gemma Craig||Television Drama Series|
|2010||The Bill||Polly Delwar / Kerry||2 separate stints, TV series.|
|2008||Britannia High||Claudine Cameron||9 episodes, series regular.|
|2010–2011||Emmerdale||Mia Macey||November 2010 – August 2011|
|2012||Black Forest||Amber||Television movie.|
|2013||Invasion of the Not Quite Dead||Alison||British feature movie in pre-production|
|2016||Undercover Hooligan||Karolina Turner||British feature film|
- "Life after Emmerdale: Soap star Sapphire Elia splashes about in Cyprus with her breakdancer boyfriend". Mail Online. 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
- Love, Ryan (30 September 2010). "'Emmerdale' reveals new Home Farm dynasty". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- Ayres, Tom (15 May 2011). "Sapphire Elia confirms 'Emmerdale' exit". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 22 August 2011.