Lesa Gillespie (b. December 24) is an actress and puppeteer who played Hilda the hare on Sesame Tree, the Sesame Street co-production for Northern Ireland. The series represented her first puppetry experience, but she subsequently performed as an assistant puppeteer on the non-Muppet Jim Henson Company series Pajanimals, and most recently, on the Sesame Street co-production, The Furchester Hotel.
Gillespie's acting experience includes various stage roles (such as Yerma in Yerma and Virginia in Oklahoma!) and many short films, including Tuesday 21st and The Deal.
Gillespie has since worked as a puppeteer on Big City Park and Big and Small for CBeebies and Strange Hill High for CBBC.
Gillespie currently lives in London, United Kingdom.