Elise Bauman

Elise Bauman

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Elise Bauman
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Bauman at Fan Expo Canada in 2015
Born Elise Janae Bauman
(1990-10-23) October 23, 1990 (age 27)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for Carmilla

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


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 26th.[12]

In 2018, Bauman made her directorial debut in Canadian musician Ellevan’s music video “Keep Going”. [13]

Personal life[edit]

Bauman came out as bisexual in 2017.[14]


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2013 Everything’s Gonna Be Pink Feature film [15][16]
2014–2016 Carmilla Laura Eileen Hollis KindaTV Digital Series , Lead Role [17][18]
2014 Worst Thing I Ever Did Fallon TV series
2014 The Skriker Girl skriker
2014 Young Badlands Bunny TV series [19]
2014 Canadian Star Herself Documentary
2015 Face the Music Amanda TV series [20]
2016 Almost Adults Mackenzie Main role; feature film
2016 Slasher Elise TV series; 1 episode
2016 Below Her Mouth Bridget Feature film [21]
2016 Paper Crane Main role
2017 The Carmilla Movie Laura Eileen Hollis Feature film; Main role
2017 Murdoch Mysteries Abigail Liston TV series; 1 episode

Other Work[edit]


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 videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist Notes
2016 “Coming on Strong” Singing Girl Jane’s Party
2018 “Keep Going” Ellevan Director


Year Award Category Result
2014 AfterEllen Visibility Awards Best Lesbian/Bi Ally Won[22]
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Audience Choice Award Won[23]

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