Eliza Jane Morley (née Taylor-Cotter; born 24 October 1989), known professionally as Eliza Taylor, is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles as Janae Timmins on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (2005–08) and Clarke Griffin on The CW drama series The 100 (2014–2020).
Eliza Jane Taylor-Cotter
24 October 1989
|Spouse(s)||Bob Morley (m. 2019)|
Taylor was born in Melbourne and has three siblings: two sisters and one brother. Her mother is an author and a graphic designer, and her step father was a stand-up comedian, while her biological father used to own cafés around Melbourne. Taylor wanted to be a marine biologist growing up.
2003–2013: Career beginnings and NeighboursEdit
Taylor, like many Australian actors, got her big breakthrough in the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 2005. She secured the role of Janae Timmins after previously appearing in a guest role in 2003. Taylor had originally auditioned for the role of Lana Crawford, however, it was actress Bridget Neval who was eventually cast. In 2007, Nell Feeney and Sianoa Smit-McPhee, who play Taylor's on-screen mother Janelle Timmins and sister Bree Timmins, were written out by executive producer Ric Pellizzeri, but it was confirmed that they wanted Taylor to remain in the serial as Janae. Later that year, Taylor decided to quit the serial to pursue other projects such as pantomime and a further career in the USA. One of the contributing factors that helped her reach this decision was that all of her on-screen family had been written out and new cast members gave the serial the feel of a different place. She also added: "It just didn't feel like the family that I joined when I started three years ago. Taylor was one of many cast members that quit the serial at the same time. She finished filming her final studio scenes in 2007 and her final episode was screened on 8 February 2008. In 2007, Taylor was nominated for Best Female at the Inside Soap Awards.
Taylor travelled to the United Kingdom in late November 2007, and on 1 December 2007 she turned on the Weymouth Christmas lights. On 19 December, Taylor starred as Snow White in a Christmas pantomime, again in Weymouth. In 2009, she was in an episode of All Saints and filmed a short drama-comedy movie called The Laundromat. Taylor also filmed a role in the horror movie 6 Plots. She later filmed the pilot of Winners & Losers.
2014–present: Role in The 100 and further recognitionEdit
On 1 March 2013, it was announced that Taylor had been cast as lead character Clarke Griffin in the new post-apocalyptic science fiction drama series The 100 on The CW. The series premiered on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Explaining how she got the part in the series, Taylor said:
"I didn't actually audition. I'd been living in LA for about a month and my credit card was stolen and all my money was taken – spent at Home Depot, which was great – and I was ready to pack my bags and go back to Australia because I didn't know how I was going to survive in LA any longer and then I got a call from my manager to say that an audition I'd done months ago for a film had been looked at by the producers of this TV show called The 100 and they wanted me to go in for a reading the next day. So I read the script that night and loved it and went in for the meeting the next day and got the role. Before I knew it I was on a plane to Vancouver to shoot the pilot and my whole life changed."
Taylor and Morley were originally set to direct episodes for the seventh and final season of The 100. However, Taylor later said that she wasn't able to direct her episode that season, due to suffering from a miscarriage.
|2009||The Laundromat||Amy||Short film|
|2012||6 Plots||Amy Challis|
|2014||The November Man||Sarah|
|2017||Christmas Inheritance||Ellen Langford|
|2021||It Only Takes a Night||Ruby Allen||Also executive producer|
|2003||Pirate Islands||Sarah Redding||26 episodes|
|2003||Neighbours||Jacinta Martin||2 episodes|
|2003–2004||The Sleepover Club||Rosie Cartwright||26 episodes|
|2004||Blue Heelers||Tatum O'Hara||Episode: "Cast the First Stone"|
|2005–2008||Neighbours||Janae Timmins||166 episodes|
|2006||Blue Water High||Heidi Lee (uncredited)||Episode #35|
|2008||Rush||Madison||Episode: "Get Lucky"|
|2009||Packed to the Rafters||Kerry||Episode: "Losing the Touch"|
|2009||All Saints||Carly Spalding||Episode: "The Two of Us"|
|2010||City Homicide||Melissa Standish||Episode: "Last Seen"|
|2010||Winners & Losers||Bridget Gross||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012||Howzat! Kerry Packer's War||Rhonda||1 episode|
|2013||Mr & Mrs Murder||Sarah||Episode: "Little Boxes"|
|2013||Nikita||Reporter (uncredited)||Episode: "Wanted"|
|2014–2020||The 100||Clarke Griffin||Lead role; 95 episodes|
|2019||Josephine Lightbourne VIII||7 episodes|
|2021||The Orville||Unknown||1 episode|
|2007–2008||Snow White||Snow White||Weymouth Pavilion, England|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||Inside Soap Awards||Best Actress||Neighbours||Nominated|||
|All About Soap Awards||Wedding Shock (shared with Kyal Marsh)||Nominated|||
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Sexiest Female||Nominated|||
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The 100||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Bob Morley)||Nominated|||
|2017||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Nominated|||
- "Interview With Eliza Taylor-Cotter". Neighbours - The Perfect Blend. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Morley, Bob (23 October 2019). "Mrs. Morley, you are the most adorable being on this planet! 30 years ago, something very special happened, and that was @MisElizaJane Happiest of birthdays! You are my goddess always and forever xx". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
- "Eliza Taylor". Showcast. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
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- Houston, Melinda (27 April 2006). "Street of dreams". The Age. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- Rigden, Clare (2–8 April 2005). "Girl next door". TV Week. ACP Magazines (14): 8.
- "'Neighbours' star unhappy with axings". Digital Spy.
- "Four more 'Neighbours' departures announced". Digital Spy.
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- "Best panto ever at the Pavilion (From Dorset Echo)". Dorsetecho.co.uk. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Melbourne Film Festival | Made In Melbourne". Mim.org.au. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Film: 6 Plots". Uk.castingcallpro.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- http://au.hadnews.com/winners-losers-drama-testing-for-feedback.htm[dead link]
- Andreeva, Nellie (28 February 2013). "Australian Actress Eliza Taylor Tapped As The Lead Of CW Pilot 'The Hundred'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "'Neighbours' star Eliza Taylor lands lead in US TV drama 'The Hundred' - US TV News". Digital Spy. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- Bibel, Sara (12 December 2013). "The CW Sets Midseason Schedule & New Series Premiere Dates; 'The Tomorrow People' Moving to Monday" (Press release). Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013 – via TV by the Numbers.
- "Eliza Taylor | THE 100". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
- "Actress, Aussie and philanthropist Eliza Taylor talks 'Thumper'". espnW. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Taylor, Eliza (7 June 2019). "Recently I married my best friend and soul mate @WildpipM We are very happy and ask that you keep your comments kind and respect our privacy at this time pic.twitter.com/MDItwk0SLM". @MisElizaJane. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
- "'The 100' Stars Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley Announce They're Married!". Entertainment Tonight. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- Coley, Samantha (5 February 2020). "Everything We Learned at Unity Days 2020, Including Teasers for 'The 100' Season 7". Tell-Tale TV. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
- "Neighbours: The Perfect Blend | Interview: Eliza Taylor-Cotter". perfectblend.net. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- "Inside Soap Awards 2007: The Nominations". Digital Spy. 3 July 2007.
- "Inside Soap Awards 2008 – Nominations". MSN TV Blog: A Slice of Soap. 16 July 2008.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. 16 August 2015.
- "First Wave of "Teen Choice 2016" Nominees Announced and #1 Voted Surfboard Revealed" (Press release). Fox.
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- Ceron, Ella. "The Pretty Little Liars Were ALL Nominated for the Same EXACT Award". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- Johnson, Zach (12 August 2018). "Teen Choice Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List". E! Online. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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