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Elise Bauman (born October 23, 1990)[1] is a Canadian actress, director, filmmaker and singer. She is best known for her role as Laura Hollis, the lead character of the web series Carmilla (2014–2016).

Elise Bauman
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Bauman at Fan Expo Canada in 2015
Elise Janae Bauman

(1990-10-23) October 23, 1990 (age 28)
OccupationActress, Singer, Filmmaker, Director
Years active2006–present
Known forCarmilla



Bauman began working professionally in the theatre from an early age. In 2009 she made the move to New York City to further her studies by attending Circle in the Square Theatre School,[2] where she was cast as Anya in the graduating classes' production of The Cherry Orchard. In the fall, she returned to the stage once again in Red One Theatre Collective’s The Skriker, by Caryl Churchill, which garnered rave reviews and was rated 5 N’s in NOW Magazine.[3]

In 2014, Bauman was cast as the lead character Laura Hollis, the naive and headstrong student of Silas University, in the Canadian web series Carmilla, based on the 1871 Gothic vampire novella of the same name by J. Sheridan Le Fanu.[4]

The series has become popular online for its depiction of LGBT characters and has been viewed over 70 million times on the KindaTV YouTube channel, attracting fans worldwide. When interviewed about how she feels playing a queer character in a series that isn't about being queer, Bauman said:

Bauman in 2014

You don’t see any of the characters being ostracized because of it [their sexuality]. In a way, it’s exactly the opposite of what happens on other shows. Their sexuality isn’t the thing that is sticking out about them. It’s the norm. I think that is so refreshing and that it is so wonderful to see...[5]

As a result of Carmilla's popularity online, Bauman has garnered much attention on social media for her role, primarily on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, where she has since amassed more than 200,000 combined followers. The show's popularity helped her secure the 9th position on AfterEllen's Hot 100 List in 2015.[6]

In 2016, Bauman starred alongside her Carmilla co-star Natasha Negovanlis in the feature film Almost Adults, directed by Sarah Rotella and written by Adrianna DiLonardo from Unsolicited Projects.[7][8] Almost Adults was screened at several film festivals[9] before being made available on multiple online platforms, including Netflix, in 2017.

Installments of the third and final season of Carmilla began airing on YouTube in September 2016. During that same year the series won a Canadian Screen Award[10] and a Rockie Award for Branded Content at the Banff World Media Festival.[11]

In 2017, Bauman reprised her role as Laura Hollis in The Carmilla Movie, a feature-length film based on the series, which was released in theatres across Canada on October 26.[12]

In 2018, At the 6th Canadian Screen Awards, Bauman won the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award, voted on by fans, for her work on Carmilla. Bauman held a very powerful and important speech, an quote: "The entertainment industry is changing but not rapidly enough and we need the voices of the public to prove that diverse stories will have a large and dedicated audience. If we want to see films and shows with inclusive representation both in front of and behind the camera, we need to support those projects.

So my ask of you is this; one, seek out and watch projects made by and starring women, people of colour and LGBTQ people. Signal boost these projects to your network of friends. I believe we have the power to change the way we tell our stories and I believe that you, the audience, plays a significant role in that change. Let’s get to it. Thank you!"

In 2018, Bauman made her directorial debut with Canadian musician Ellevan's music video "Keep Going".[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Bauman came out as bisexual in 2017.[14]


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2014 Worst Thing I Ever Did Fallon Episode: "For Love or Money"
The Skriker Girl skriker
Young Badlands Bunny Webseries; 6 episodes [15]
2014–16 Carmilla Laura Eileen Hollis Webseries; lead role [16][17]
2015 Canadian Star Herself Documentary
Face the Music Amanda Episode: "The Abridged Pilot" [18]
Everything's Gonna Be Pink Theatre School Student Feature film [19][20]
2016 Almost Adults Mackenzie Feature film; main role
Slasher Elise Episode: "Soon Your Own Eyes Will See"
Below Her Mouth Bridget Feature film; supporting role [21]
2017 Mandy Mayhem's Rapping with Actors Herself Episode: "Elise Bauman"
FOMO Kris Ducksworth Short film
The Carmilla Movie Laura Eileen Hollis Feature film; main role
Murdoch Mysteries Abigail Liston Episode: "The Accident"
The Inherent Traits of Connor James Matilda Short film [22]
Becoming Burlesque Becca
2018 Paper Crane Short film
The Handmaid's Tale Jenny Episode: "First Blood"
Frankie Drake Mysteries Muriel Woods Episode: "50 Shades of Greyson"
90/91 Mercedes Short film; in post production

Other WorkEdit


Year Title Artist Album Notes
2016 "Do You" Ellevan x Elise Bauman Bandcamp
"Make Time"
"Ego" Elevation
"A Message From a Jazz Bar in New York"
"Came Along"
"Thank You and Good Night"
2017 "Watch Your Mouth"
2018 "Move"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role Director Notes
2016 "Coming on Strong" Jane's Party Singing Girl
2018 "Keep Going" Ellevan Yes
"Time Tells" Kaitlyn Alexander Yes
"Shine On" Ghost Caravan Yes


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2018 Bite and Smile Yes Co-writer Yes Short film


Year Award Category Result
2014 AfterEllen Visibility Awards Best Lesbian/Bi Ally Won[23]
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Audience Choice Award Won[24]
2018 Diva Awards Rising Star Nominated


  1. ^ "Instagram post by Elise Bauman • Oct 23, 2014 at 10:23pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  2. ^ Circle in the Square Theatre School | Projects Archive | 2011 Archived 2015-06-21 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Celebrate the Carmilla Season Two Premiere with the Cast and Crew". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  5. ^ "Elise Bauman – Carmilla". 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  6. ^ The Results Are In! It's the 2015 AfterEllen Hot 100 – Page 16 of 19. AfterEllen (2015-09-01). Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  7. ^ "Almost Adults cast". Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  8. ^ Staff, Indiewire (2015-03-19). "Growing Up Without Growing Apart is Hard for 'Almost Adults'". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  9. ^ Almost Adults (2016) Release Dates. IMDB. Retrieved on 2018-03-04.
  10. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards – Academy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  11. ^ ago, Regan Reid 3 days. "Banff '16: Rockie Award Program Competition winners announced". Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  12. ^ ‘The Carmilla Movie’ Sets Streaming, Theatrical Premiere Dates. Variety (2017-09-27). Retrieved on 2018-02-11.
  13. ^ Retrieved on 2018-03-22
  14. ^ Tse, Chloe (9 March 2017). "ClexaCon is shedding light on the lack of LGBT women in film and TV". Daily Xtra. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  15. ^ Young Badlands — Rockzeline. (2015-01-25). Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  16. ^ U By Kotex To Sponsor Another Season Of Vampire Web Series 'Carmilla'. (2014-12-10). Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  17. ^ "Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis of "Carmilla" talk fandom and hopes for Season 2". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  18. ^ Bkila, John (2015-03-31). "Sheridan Oakville grads 'Face the Music' with new web series |". Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  19. ^ Everything’s Gonna Be Pink Archived 2018-08-07 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  20. ^ Films – Festival Scope: Festivals on Demand for Film Professionals World Wide. Festival Scope. Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  21. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. (2015-09-24) Serendipity Point To Produce ‘Below Her Mouth’ Starring Model Erika Linder. Deadline. Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
  22. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  23. ^ "The 2015 AfterEllen Visibility Award Winners". 4 January 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  24. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards 2018: Maudie, Anne, Kim's Convenience win top prizes". Retrieved March 12, 2018.

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