Elena Neill

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actress (1991)
Wed Dec 20 2023
By   Bhobi

Elena Neill comes to the spotlight as an actress. But mostly, Neill is famous as the daughter of Irish-born New Zealand actor/writer and BAFTA award nominee make-up artist Noriko Watanabe. Elena is popular for her roles in the 2013 crime/mystery TV series Top of the Lake and the 2004 comedy/crime The Brush-Off.

Elena was born on January 10, 1991, in Australia. While her father holds citizenship in Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, Elena's mom is a Japanese national. She has an older half-brother named Tim Neill who is an electrician and an experienced mountain guide.

Is Elena Neill Married? 

As famous as her parents are, Elena Neill is just the opposite when it comes to popularity. Her professional career is somewhat irregular because she has done fewer films.

Elena was clad in two-tone dress for the premiere
Image: Elena Neill at the UK Film Premiere of "Skin" in London on 2nd July
 Source: Can Nguyen/Capital Pictures

Elena rarely faces the public and media. Therefore, her personal life is always a mystery to the fans. 

Elena hasn't talked about her marriages and relationships and is neither rumored to be dating. Due to her reserved nature, Neill has fewer fans than her celebrity parents.

Lately, Neill has completely shut herself off from cameras and public events. It seems as though she finally wants to lead a normal life. Nobody knows if Elena has quit her acting career, but she is more focused on privacy.

Elena Neill's Parents' Marriage

Before marrying Elena Neill's mom, Noriko Watanabe, her dad, Sam Neill, was already a divorcee. Sam's first wife was New Zealand actress Lisa Harrow, whom he married in 1980.

Lisa and Neill were blessed with a son, Tim Neill. After nine years of marriage, Sam and Lisa divorced in 1989. While Sam fell in love with Noriko, Lisa married American biologist and environmentalist Roger Payne in 1992.

Elena and Sam divorced in 2017
Photo: Elena Neill's parents, Noriko Watanabe and Sam Neill at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on February 19, 2006, in London
Source: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Sam and Noriko exchanged wedding vows in 1989. After that, Noriko and Sam worked together on several film projects. Sam and Noriko were the happiest married couple and parents when Elena was born. 

Like Neill, Noriko was a parent before she welcomed Elena. Watanabe had given birth to Maiko Spencer years earlier.

Noriko Watanabe and her daughter Elena Neill took a picture together.
Noriko Watanabe and her daughter Elena Neill took a picture together. Source: Instagram

Eventually, Sam and Noriko began having a difference in opinions. This led to their separation and finally divorce in 2017. Since the divorce, Watanabe and Neill remained single.

Net Worth of Elena Neill

The daughter of an award-winning make-up artist and famed actor/writer/producer, Elena Neill, lived a comfy life. Currently, Noriko Watanabe's daughter Elena owns an estimated net worth of no less than $2 million.

Take a look at the trailer of Top of the Lake: China Girl where Elena plays the role of a tattooist:

Elena's mother Noriko recently was chosen as the make-up and hairstylist for the 2018 American superhero film Aquaman's lead character Nicole Kidman. Aquaman turned out to be a commercially successful movie surpassing its budget of $160-200 million to nearly $1.148 billion

Sam and Noriko wear a matching black outfits
Image: Elena's parents Sam and Noriko at the premiere of 'The Hunt for Red October' on April 18, 1990, in London, England
Source: Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

Similarly, Elena's dad has appeared in Death in Brunswick, Until the End of the World, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and In the Mouth of Madness.

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