Episode 5: Elizabeth Karlsen

Elizabeth Karlsen is an internationally renowned, award-winning producer, who co-founded the leading independent UK based production company Number 9 Films in 2002 with partner Stephen Woolley.


In February 2019, Elizabeth and Stephen jointly received the highly prestigious and coveted BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. She has produced some of the most celebrated independent films in the US and Europe including: Todd Haynes’s Carol (nominated for 6 Academy Awards®, 6 Golden Globe Awards and 9 BAFTA Awards) Mark Herman’s Little Voice (winner of a Golden Globe Award, nominated for 1 Academy Award®, 6 Golden Globe Awards and 6 BAFTA Awards) Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game (winner of an Academy Award®, a BAFTA Award and nominated for 6 Academy Awards®), Made In Dagenham (nominated for 3 BAFTA Awards) and Phyllis Nagy’s Mrs Harris (nominated for 12 Emmy® Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards and a PGA Award) and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette (Nominated for 4 BIFA’s and an Independent Spirit Award).


Other work includes: On Chesil Beach, written by Ian McEwan and directed by Dominic Cooke and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (nominated for 1 Academy Award® and winner of 3 European Film Awards). Her work with Stephen Woolley has garnered a total of 52 BAFTA nominations and wins and 20 Academy Award® nominations and wins.


Her latest feature, Mothering Sunday, written by Alice Birch and directed by Eva Husson, stars Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, Colin Firth and Olivia Colman. The film world premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the Toronto Film Festival, followed by a worldwide theatrical release. Elizabeth and Stephen are set to release Living later this year, which recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival to stunning critical acclaim. The film is scripted by Kazuo Ishiguro, directed by Oliver Hermanus (Moffie) and starring Bill Nighy, Aimee-Lou Wood and Alex Sharp.