Savage Honeymoon producer Steve Sachs, when asked about casting Elizabeth's for the role of Maisy in his film, said "She's such a consummate actress, and her characterisation was so perfect, that we had to give in."
Elizabeth was actually the second choice for the role of "Voice" on the Pacific Renaissance show Cleopatra 2525. The producers had originally wanted to use Lucy Lawless for the part, but she was too busy with her own show Xena to fit it in, so Elizabeth was given the part.
Elizabeth has worked in radio with Radio NZ.
Elizabeth's theatre credits include:
(2008) Female of the Species "Margot Mason", Auckland Theatre Co, dir. Colin McColl
(2006) Doubt "Sister Aloysius", Auckland Theatre Co, dir. Colin McColl
(2003) The Graduate "Mrs Robinson", Auckland Theatre Co, dir. Simon Prast
(2002) The Play About the Baby "Woman", Auckland Theatre Co, dir. Simon Prast
(2001) A Streetcar Named Desire "Blanche Dubois", Auckland Theatre Co, dir. Simon Prast
In 1994 Elizabeth was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" for Jack Be Nimble at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards.
In 2000, Elizabeth was voted "Theatre Actress of the Year" for her portrayal of Rosalind in Shakepeare's As You Like It.
In 2000, Elizabeth won "Best Supporting Actress" for Savage Honeymoon at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards.
Elizabeth was one of the top celebrities to appear at the premier screening of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in Auckland, along with Shane Rangi and Prime Minister Helen Clark. Elizabeth played housekeeper Mrs Macready, and Shane performed the role of the minotaur General Otman.
Elizabeth is a director and a choreographer as well being an actress.
In 2002, Elizabeth was nominated for "Best Actress" at the Auckland Theatre Company Audience Awards for her portrayal of Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Elizabeth and her family practice Judaism.
Elizabeth does interviews with the media, but doesn't like to do them at her home, or at a public place like a cafe. She prefers a more private, yet non personal setting, such as a public park.
Elizabeth teaches directing for theatre at Unitec and is a freelance movements tutor. She is also a tutor for the Performing Arts School of New Zealand. When she's not busy acting, Elizabeth also works as a teacher at an Auckland secondary school.
In 2003, Elizabeth won "Best Entertainment/Comedy Performance" for her show Spin Doctors.
Elizabeth is married to Raymond Hawthorne, and has two daughters, Sophia and Emmeline. Raymond, Sophia, and Emmeline are also all prominent actors in New Zealand. Both Elizabeth and Emmeline had starring roles on Shortland Street.
Elizabeth enjoys athletics, and does horseback riding, sailing, snow skiing, swimming, tennis, and yoga. She has also learned ballroom dancing.
Elizabeth is very accomplished at using different accents while she acts, and can perform in American Standard, English, French, Irish, Italian, New England, New Zealand, Scottish, and Southern.
In 2001, Elizabeth was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to theatre.
Elizabeth is 5'7", with brown hair and grey eyes.
Elizabeth is represented professionally by Gail Cowan Management.
Elizabeth: (on shooting "Spin Doctors" episodes in 2 days rather than 5) There will be a great sense of pressure because it'll be really fast. Theres always pressure [in any acting roles] because you're given such a responsibility to fulfil a certain function, you do your utmost to do that. In this particular case, I think it's a very good cast, and a very good team of writers. Also, what's the use of being negative, darling? We've got to say, 'We're going to give this a good kick and let's get going.'
Elizabeth: (on watching the moon landing) I was in the sixth form and we were taken into the rec room to watch it on TV. I thought what he [Neil Armstrong] said was much more important than what he was doing, but I think the significance of the event was lost on me.