Elia modeled for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Selfridges and Debenhams from the age of three. She later went on to appear in a number of adverts. In 1996, Elia began attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She was cast in the role of a young Cosette in Trevor Nunn's theatre production of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre.
In 1998, Elia became an entertainer on ITV's Fun Song Factory for one series. Two years later she become a presenter on Discovery Kids, which led to a two-hour reality show called Blast Off, where she attended the NASA Astronaut Training Camp for children. In 2002, Elia played Isabelle in the educational series, Energy for Pearson Education. The following year, she graduated from Sylvia Young.
In 2006, the actress was cast as Gemma Craig in the television drama series Dream Team. Elia played two Polly Delwar and Kerry in two separate stints in The Bill.
In 2008, Elia successfully auditioned for the musical drama series Britannia High. She was cast as Claudine Cameron. A year later, Elia played Snow White in a Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre. In 2010, the actress played the role of Amber in the movie Black Forest for the Syfy channel. In September of that year, Elia joined the cast of Emmerdale as Mia Macey. In May 2011, Elia confirmed her departure from Emmerdale.
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