Having been a member of the National Youth Theatre, Eleanor played the part of Grace in Fire from Heaven. She went on to study English at Cardiff University and became President of Act One, the university dramatic society, helping to run productions at the Edinburgh fringe two years running.
On leaving university Eleanor became an administrative assistant at London's Donmar Warehouse theatre, the general manager at Y Touring (a small touring theatre company bringing debate theatre to schools) and general manager at the Bush Theatre from where she was seconded to run a six week project at Battersea Arts Centre. She took part in the Old Vic New Voices programme and is now the Executive Director of Free Word a charity concerned with literacy, freedom of speech and literature.
Eleanor sits on the board of a number of theatre companies and is a governor of the Rose Bruford College.