Joy, It's Nina Joy Elias-Rilwan  Jane Thorburn

JOY ELIAS-RILWAN appeared in SALLY POTTER'S 'THE GOLD DIGGERS', her first feature film whilst still training at Dartington College of Arts. On graduating she attended a workshop given by MIKE FIGGIS who invited her to join THE PEOPLE SHOW to do site- specific multi media experimental productions internationally. After 3 years she left to create the first of her ONE WOMAN SHOWS which opened at the Meilk Weg Theatre in Amsterdam. A season at the Royal National Theatre afforded her first Shakespeare experience in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM, whilst also creating the role of a student nurse, one of the leading characters in the last year of the BBC soap ANGELS. Her other theatre roles vary from LADY BRACKNELL in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST to the lead in HIGH LIFE at the Hampstead Theatre which won her a leading actress award. She was seen as the co lead opposite Leslie Grantham In Zenith TV filmed crime series 99-1 and on the big screen in THE SECRET LAUGHTER OF WOMEN with Colin Firth. Her many voice-overs & radio work include commercially produced Talking Books as well as a serialised reading of CHANGES by Ama Ata Aidoo for the BBC. Joy recently played the lead part of the mother in SOME OTHER MOTHER, the powerful new play by AJ Taudevin at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Agent: Carey Dodd Associates