Sapphire Elia

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Sapphire Elia
Born (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 30)
London, England
Occupation Actress

Sapphire Elia (born 15 April 1987), is an English actress, model and singer best known for her roles in musical drama Britannia High and the soap opera Emmerdale.

Early and personal life[edit]

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.[1]

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 2006, the actress was cast as Gemma Craig in the television drama series Dream Team. Elia played two Polly Delwar and Kerry in two separate stints in The Bill.

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.[2] In May 2011, Elia confirmed her departure from Emmerdale.[3]

For the 2010/2011 panto season, Elia played Princess Belle in Sleeping Beauty at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading.

After leaving Emmerdale, Elia performed the role of Princess Jasmine in Maidstone's Christmas pantomime of Aladdin in 2011/12.

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 appeared in the Christmas pantomime of Aladdin in Poole as Princess Xiaoxue in the 2016/17 season.

Sapphire is currently appearing as Snow White in the Christmas Pantomime at Sevenoaks, Stag Theatre for the 2017/18 season.


Film & Television Roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Fun Song Factory Herself/Entertainer One series
2000 Discovery Kids Herself/Presenter
2000 Blast Off Herself 2-hour Reality Show
2002 Energy Isabelle Educational Program
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


  1. ^ "Life after Emmerdale: Soap star Sapphire Elia splashes about in Cyprus with her breakdancer boyfriend". Mail Online. 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  2. ^ Love, Ryan (30 September 2010). "'Emmerdale' reveals new Home Farm dynasty". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Ayres, Tom (15 May 2011). "Sapphire Elia confirms 'Emmerdale' exit". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 

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