Ellie Smith

Mrs. Hardcastle

Ellie Smith has been an actress for over forty years and most recently starred in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of ENDOF THE RAINBOW.

At the beginning of her career, Ellie spent ten successful years in London where she played Janet in the original ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Kings Road Theatre and worked in many of London’s top cabaret venues.

Resident in New Zealand since 1981, Ellie has been much awarded for portray­ing many strong female roles including Edith Piaf, Shirley Valentine, Roxie Hart, Mary Pickford, Lillian Hellman and Maria Callas. In 1988, audi­ences were captivated by her portrayal of Judy Garland in the award-winning JUDY at Downstage Theatre. Other favourite roles have been Claire Zachanassian in THE VISIT, Rita in EDUCATING RITA, Josie in STEAMING, Rosa in HOOTERS, TRUMPETS ANDRASPBERRIES and Mrs Lovett in SWEENEY TODD.

A recipient of the prestigious MNZM Services to Theatre award, Ellie was the Artistic Director of Downstage Theatre from 1999 –- 2000. She completed her MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at Victoria University in 2007 and has since been writing for stage, television and radio. Her first play, RUTHIE BIRDANDTHE KING OF HEARTS, was performed at BATS Theatre for the Wellington Fringe Festival, to critical acclaim. These days Ellie is busy working on two comedies for the theatre.