Elle Woods is a fictional character who is the protagonist in Legally Blonde. In a Broadway theatre adaptation of the first film, Legally Blonde - The Musical Woods has been portrayed by seven different actresses in different stagings of the show. They were Laura Bell Bundy, Bailey Hanks, Becky Gulsvig, Jessica Jung, Nikki Bohne, Luna Park and in the West End by Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star Sheridan Smith (who was later to be replaced by her Legally Blonde co-star Susan McFadden). From 11th July 2011 Carley Stenson will take over the role of Elle Woods with Susan McFadden leaving the show.
She is an attractive blonde sorority girl from California. She obtains admission to and attends Harvard Law School in an effort to rekindle a relationship with a boyfriend (Warner Huntington III) who had ended the relationship before heading there himself. Although superficially nothing more than the stereotypical 'dumb blonde', she demonstrates a surprising intellect even before going to Harvard- albeit mainly focused on fashion-related details-, and also shows genuine concern and care for the less popular rather than disdaining them. She eventually earns her Juris Doctor, gains the respect of her peers, and becomes engaged to a man who is more mature than her initial boyfriend (Emmett Forrest).