Kristel Elling is an Estonian actress known for her feature work across Europe over the past decade. After living in London for the last six years she brought her talents to Los Angeles in the summer of 2013.
Practically raised in the theatre, her first appearance was on her mother’s lap (at eleven months old), on Estonia’s biggest stage, the Vanemuine Theatre. By the age of four she was auditioning, and was cast as Jake’s precocious child on the same stage in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
After finishing high school, she continued her training at the highly selective Estonian Higher Drama School. A classical conservatory, she earned one of fifteen coveted spots from a pool of five hundred applicants. Upon completing the rigorous program four years later, she entered the world of professional acting.
In the subsequent two years Kristel was cast in projects alongside some of Estonia’s most honored stage and film directors. She played parts in various feature films, including Elmo Nüganen’s Mindless and Peeter Urbla’s Shop of Dreams, as well as guest and recurring roles in TV series such as Ohtlik Lend and Brigaad 3 - popular Estonian TV dramas.
After two years of working in her homeland, she decided to move to London and find work on a larger stage. She honed her acting skills by completing the Master’s program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, defying even greater odds (five-thousand applicants) to claim one of 36 spots.
While living in London, she was cast in many independent short and feature films, including roles on Great Britain’s largest broadcast networks, including Channel 4 and ITV. In addition to her television and film work, Kristel continued her stage work, touring and performing in shows across the country, including her personal favorite, the Vagina Monologues.
Most recently Kristel played the lead in From Me – a short film about love, passion and unstoppable hope. The crew included a fantastic Academy Award winning director Tanel Toom and a National Film and Television School graduate DOP Jack Wilkinson. From Me premiered on November, 2014 at the Laemmle Noho Cinema in North Hollywood, California.
Her Scandinavian look and heritage, fluent Russian and slim figure (the result of a lifelong commitment to yoga) have made her the obvious choice for Bond-girl-style action heroines and alluring femme fatales. With a deep commitment to her craft and an unparalleled work ethic, she has also proven herself adept at more diverse and complex roles that truly give her the opportunity to create subtle and enchanting art.