Elena Carapetis (born 26 February 1970) is an Australian actress and writer, best known for her role as Jackie Kassis in Heartbreak High, as well as numerous other television series and theatre roles.

Elena Carapetis
Born (1970-02-26) 26 February 1970 (age 49)
Years active1987–present

Early lifeEdit

She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1996.

Stage careerEdit

Elena Carapetis has appeared onstage in numerous productions. Her first public performance was in Tonight We Improvise at Adelaide University's Little Theatre on 10 June 1987.[1] This was followed by appearances in Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth in 1988.

In 1990, she appeared in The Courtyard of Miracles at the Lion Theatre, Adelaide.[1]

In 1993, Elena performed in As You Like It at the Little Theatre, Adelaide.[1]

In 1997, she appeared in Features of Blown Youth at The Queens Theatre, Adelaide.[1]

In 2002, she performed in Parthenon Air at the Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville.[1]

In 2004, Elena appeared in a production of Translations[2] and Hot Fudge[3] with the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

In March 2005, Elena first performed in It's A Mother! at the Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville,[1] as part of the Greek Festival of Sydney.[4] She would return to this show in 2006 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival[5][6] and in 2007 as part of Melbourne's Arts House program.[7]

In 2006 Elena again performed in Translations, this time at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne[8] and the Beckett Theatre, Southbank.[1] In the same year, she appeared in 4:48 Psychosis at The Queens Theatre Stables, Adelaide.[1]

In 2007 Elena played in Assassins, Triple Threat, and This Uncharted Hour.[1][9]

In 2008, she appeared in Helly's Magic Cup at The Space, Adelaide.[1]

In 2009, she appeared in The Things We Do For Love[1][10] at the Dunstan Playhouse.

In 2010, Elena performed in Ruby Bruise at the Waterside Theatre, Port Adelaide.[1]

In 2011, appeared in transumer: deviate from the norm at the Waterside Hall, Port Adelaide.[1]

In 2012, she played all "the other" roles in the play Truck Stop, including a doctor, counselor, mother and grungy teenage boy.[11][12]


Feature filmsEdit

Short filmsEdit

  • The Pyjama Monologues (2012)[13] ... Helen
  • Dusk (2008)[14] .... Woman
  • Frames (2004)[15] .... Eva



Stage playsEdit

Helen BackEdit

Carapetis wrote the stage play Helen Back in 2011.[18] It has been performed in several places, including Sydney and Adelaide.[19] The play made the shortlist for the drama award at the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards.[20][21]

The Good SonEdit

Her play The Good Son will have its world premiere at the Bakehouse Theatre in April 2015.[needs update] Presented by THE OTHER ONES, it will be directed by Corey McMahon, and feature Eugenia Fragos, Renato Musolino, Adriana Bonaccurso and Demitrios Sirilas.[22][23]


In 2007, a script written by Carapetis was selected out of 1,700 submissions as an episode of the 25x5min series Marx and Venus on the SBS.[24]


  • Her mother is Greek Cypriot and her father is from the Greek island of Icaria. Elena is fluent in Greek.
  • She is currently developing a play called The Good Son [25] with assistance from Arts SA.
  • Elena appeared in the short film Dusk, which made the shortlist at the 2008 Tropfest Short Film Festival.[26]
  • She has worked extensively as a voice over artist on advertising campaigns.[27]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m AusStage - Elena Carapetis
  2. ^ "Translations – The Adelaide review". Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Hot Fudge – State Theatre Company of South Australia". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Greek Festival of Sydney". Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  5. ^ "It's A Mother! – Melbourne International Comedy Festival". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  6. ^ "It's A Mother! – Sidetrack Performance Group". Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  7. ^ It's A Mother! – Melbourne
  8. ^ "Translations – Malthouse Theatre". Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  9. ^ "This Uncharted Hour – The Adelaide Festival Centre". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  10. ^ The Things We Do For Love – Dunstan Playhouse
  11. ^ Australian Stage, 9 June 2012
  12. ^ Schoolgirls play who dares sins - The Age, 18 May 2012
  13. ^ IMDb - The Pyjama Monologues
  14. ^ IMDb – Dusk
  15. ^ IMDb – Frames
  16. ^ IMDb - Poh's Kitchen
  17. ^ IMDb – Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story
  18. ^ AusStage - Helen Back
  19. ^ Short + Sweet, Sydney - 2 April 2012
  20. ^ Readings - 7 February 2012
  21. ^ The Australian, Books prizes: let the games begin Archived 14 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine - 6 February 2012
  22. ^ Keen, Suzie (25 March 2015). "Adelaide actress pens an 'Australian tragedy'". InDaily. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  23. ^ http://www.bakehousetheatre.com/shows/good-son
  24. ^ "Marx and Venus – a script written by Elena Carapetis" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  25. ^ The Good Son – Arts SA funding
  26. ^ 2008 Tropfest Short Film Festival Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ International Casting Services & Associates

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