Elizabeth Karlsen (born 1960) is a British film producer. She co-founded Number 9 Films in 2002 with partner Stephen Woolley.
Karlsen's producing credits include Terence Davies’ The Neon Bible, starring Gena Rowlands and selected for Cannes competition; Mark Herman’s Little Voice, nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, six BAFTA Awards and an Academy Award; the HBO single drama Mrs. Harris, starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley, nominated for 12 Primetime Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a Producers Guild of America Award and for which Karlsen received the Women's Image Network Award; the BAFTA-nominated Great Expectations, directed by Mike Newell, starring Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter; Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan, starring Saoirse Ronan; and Made in Dagenham, nominated for three BAFTAs. She also produced the international box office success Ladies in Lavender, starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, and co-produced Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, nominated for six Academy Awards.
Her latest films − Carol, written by Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel − premiered in main competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Projects in development include an original project from Caméra d'Or winner Anthony Chen and a co-production with Killer Films, written and directed by Wash West.
Karlsen has served on the board of EM Media, the Edinburgh Festival and is currently Chair of Women in Film & Television (UK).