Gillian Elizabeth Thomas (born 10 August 1953) is an actress, singer, and comedian. Early in her career she was known as Gillian Elisa Thomas.

Gillian Elisa
Gillian Elizabeth Thomas

(1953-08-10) 10 August 1953 (age 66)
Carmarthen, Wales
Years active1978-present


Gillian Elisa was born in Carmarthen, Wales, and brought up in Lampeter;[1] she began acting even before she started school. As a sixth-former at Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr-Pont Steffan in Lampeter, she co-wrote a Welsh-language musical, Yr Enfys (The Rainbow). After leaving school, she studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. In 1975 she was chosen by producer Endaf Emlyn to play the lead in a Welsh-language rock opera.[1] Since that time, she has been a well-known figure on Welsh-language television.

On S4C television, she plays the part of Sabrina Daniels in the long-running soap Pobol y Cwm[2] and the comic character "Mrs O.T.T." in the variety entertainment programme Noson Lawen. She appeared in the gangster drama series Y Pris. She has performed one-woman comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival. As a singer, she has completed three albums of new and traditional Welsh songs – Rhywbeth yn y Glas [1], Haul ar Nos Hir [2], and Lawr Y Lein [3][4] – as well as appearing on a number of other recordings.

She is best known to English-speaking audiences for her leading role in the 2018 drama series Hidden, which was filmed in both Welsh and English,[3] Gillian Elisa was one of the actors singled out for criticism because their accents did not fit the area where the serial was supposedly located; one critic said that "Her accent jarred so much it prevented the suspension of disbelief."


  1. ^ a b "Gillian Elisa - Biography". Sain. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Pobol y Cwm actress helps at annual gala". WalesOnline. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ Lydia Morris. "There's a big problem with the accents in BBC One's new crime drama Hidden according to some viewers". Daily Post. Retrieved 13 December 2018.

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