Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. From a young age she trained and performed as a jazz ballet dancer. Winning several awards for her dancing. A modeling carrier took her all over the world basing her in Paris and Milan. After graduating from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts as an actress she has split her time between working in the theatre and films.
Her latest work include the starring rool in the film Deposit (Tryggð) directed by Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir. She is also known for her roles in: Stormland (Rokland) which earned her an Edda award as Supporting Actress of the Year, Volcano (Eldfjall) by Rúnar Rúnarsson that premierd in Cannes and which earned her a nomination as Supporting Actress of the Year at the Edda awards.
Other roles include: Jar City (Mýrin) Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Bloodties (Blóðbönd) directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Our own Oslo (Okkar eigin Osló) Directed by Reynir Lyngdal. TV Mini-Series The Cliff (Hamarinn) Directed by Reynir Lyngdal and Der Tote im Westfjord a german TV movie directed by Till Endemann. Elma Lísa has been a reacurring comedy actress on the annual “Áramótaskaup” (The new year satire).