Stephanie Leonidas

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Stephanie Leonidas
Stephanie Leonidas Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Born (1984-02-14) 14 February 1984 (age 38)
Westminster, London, England
Years active1992–present
(m. 2016)
RelativesDimitri Leonidas (brother)
Georgina Leonidas (sister)

Stephanie Leonidas (born 14 February 1984) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Helena in the fantasy film MirrorMask and as Irisa on the American science fiction television series, Defiance.

Personal life[edit]

Leonidas was born in Westminster, London, the daughter of a Greek Cypriot father and an English mother.[2] She also has Welsh ancestry through her mother. Her younger brother Dimitri and younger sister Georgina are also actors. She married fellow actor Robert Boulter on New Year's Eve 2016.[3]


Leonidas started acting in community theatre when she was eight; at nine she acquired an agent and began to work in television.[4]

Notable credits include the television drama Daddy's Girl, the soap opera Night and Day and a 2004 episode of Doc Martin (entitled 'Of All the Harbours in All the Towns') in which she plays Melanie, a local Portwenn 15-year-old girl who develops an unhealthy interest in the surgeon. In 2005 she starred in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's MirrorMask in the dual roles of Helena and the Dark Princess. She followed this with roles in a BBC adaptation of Dracula, as well as Crusade in Jeans. Her theatrical roles have included Adela in a production of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre, and Dani in The Sugar Syndrome, staged at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in 2003. In this latter production, reviewer Lizzie Loveridge said she gave a performance "way beyond her years".[5]

Leonidas also starred in the BBC docudrama Atlantis, which aired on BBC One and BBC One HD on 8 May 2011. In 2011, she was also in a play for the Transatlantyk Festival called Influence, written by Shem Bitterman. Leonidas later teamed up with Dave McKean to work on the film Luna, released in 2014. She also starred as Irisa Nolan in the science fiction TV series Defiance, which ran for three seasons.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Fogbound Annette at 16 Uncredited
2004 Yes Grace
2005 MirrorMask Helena Campbell / The Dark Princess (Anti-Helena)
2005 The Feast of the Goat Uranita
2006 Crusade in Jeans Jenne
2011 How to Stop Being a Loser Patch
2013 uwantme2killhim? Kelly
2014 Luna Freya
2016 Tomorrow Katie


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Chalk Rabbit Girl 2 Episode: "Exam"
2000 Down to Earth Chrissie Episode: "O Best Beloved"
2001 Holby City Sarah Newman Episode: "Runaway"
2001 Night and Day Della Wells Main role
2002 Daddy's Girl Emma Cooper TV film
2003 Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Kerri TV film
2003 The Bill Kirsty Sullivan Episode: "125"
2004 Rose and Maloney Katie Phelan Episode #1.2
2004 Doc Martin Melanie Gibson Episode: "Of All the Harbours in All the Towns"
2004 Wall of Silence Tracy Broughton TV film
2005 Revelations Athena Episode: "Hour Two"
2005 Empire Girlfriend Olivia TV miniseries
2005 Beneath the Skin Zoe Haratounian TV film
2006 Brief Encounters Jay Episode: "One Night in White Satin"
2006 Dracula Mina Murray TV film
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Hester Argyle Episode: "Ordeal by Innocence"
2011 Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend Pinaruti TV film
2012 Eternal Law Jude Episodes: "Episode Three", "Episode Four"
2012 Whitechapel Georgie Fox Episodes: "Case One (Part 1)", "Case One (Part 2)"
2013–2015 Defiance Irisa Nyira Main role
2013 The Bible Rahab Episode: "Homeland"
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Hattie Stubs Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
2013 By Any Means Coleen Parker Episode #1.2
2015 Midsomer Murders Annabel Latimer Episode (#17.2): "Murder by Magic"
2015 Killing Jesus Salome TV film
2016 American Gothic Sophie Hawthorne Main role
2016 Killjoys Clara Guest role
2017 Snatch Chloe Koen Main role
2019 Van der Valk Eva Meisner Episode: "Love in Amsterdam"
2020 Endeavour Violetta Talenti Series 7, Episodes 1 - 3
2021 Feel Good Binky Season 2, Episode 3

Video game[edit]

  • Defiance (2013), as Irisa Nyira (voice role)


  • MirrorMask (2005), Narrator, as Helena Campbell



  1. ^ "Steph Leonidas on Instagram: "Love"".
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview with a Bride - New Year's Eve wedding". Louise Weddings. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  4. ^ Epstein, Daniel Robert (2005). "Stephanie Leonidas of MirrorMask"., 2005. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Loveridge, Lizzie (20 October 2003). "The Sugar Syndrome"., 20 October 2003. Retrieved from
  6. ^ "The Secretly Beautiful Stephanie Leonidas of Defiance". 18 October 2013.

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