Ella Watkins

Writer, filmmaker, actress and mental health advocate

2024 TAS Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Ella Watkins brings her off-centre humour to an audience of millions through online platforms TikTok and YouTube. The Tasmanian writer and filmmaker uses her platform for good, promoting LGBTIQ+ and autism awareness with joy and irreverence.  

Creating her first short film at 15, by age 17 Ella had made The Book of Memories, which was short-listed in the 2013 Tropfest Short Film Festival. She is also an author and illustrator with her Henry the Goat series. 

Ella is a creative for the modern digital age. She rose to fame for her comedic takes on body positivity and mental health on TikTok. 

In 2023, she was awarded funding through Screen Australia’s Skip Ahead program to create You May Think I’m Joking, a YouTube series about an autistic influencer whose true self begins bursting through the mask of 'who she thinks she should be’, in blunt, honest and unfiltered musical numbers.