Kimberly Elise

Actor, Producer
From an early age, Kimberly Elise exhibited a talent and propensity for the arts; by age seven, she was writing plays and short stories. It seemed inevitable that she would go on to study film and acting at the ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Back to School Mom 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Dope 2015 (Movie)

Lisa Hayes (Actor)

Hit the Floor 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day Late and a Dollar Short 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Highland Park 2014 (Movie)

Toni (Actor)

Alpha Alert 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Crystal/Brown (Actor)

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Close to Home 2005 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

In the House 1995 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Science Fiction 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pride 2007 (Movie)

Sue Davis (Actor)

Private Practice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Debaters 2007 (Movie)

Pearl Farmer (Actor)

The Sentinel 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Woman Thou Art Loosed 2004 (Movie)

Michelle Jordan (Actor)

Soul Food 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Denise Archibald (Actor)

Bait 2000 (Movie)

Lisa Hill (Actor)

The Loretta Claiborne Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

Denver (Actor)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

Tisean (Actor)

Bojangles (TV Show)

Actor

Hannah's Law (TV Show)

Actor

The Ditchdigger's Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

From an early age, Kimberly Elise exhibited a talent and propensity for the arts; by age seven, she was writing plays and short stories. It seemed inevitable that she would go on to study film and acting at the University of Minnesota. While enrolled, Elise began her professional career, appearing in television commercials and productions at a local black theater company and working behind-the-scenes at the Minneapolis public TV station. Her short film "The Joy of Mama's Recall" earned considerable attention and a slot in the American Film Institute's director's program.

Relationships

Maurice Oldham

Husband
Married from 1989-2005

AjaBlew Oldham

Daughter
Born c. 1990 father, Maurice Oldham

JaelaRose Oldham

Daughter
Born c. 1998 father, Maurice Oldham

Marvin Trammel

Father
Owns excutive search firm

Erma Trammel

Mother

EDUCATION

Wyzata High School

Minneapolis , Minnesota

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1994

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1995

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis-St Paul , Minnesota

Minneapolis Community College

Minneapolis , Minnesota
Took film courses

Milestones

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"

2009

Had a recurring role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" as Izzie's no-nonsense oncologist

2007

Again teamed with Denzel Washington in "The Great Debaters"; also directed by Washington

2007

Cast as the female lead opposite Terrence Howard in the inner-city sports drama, "Pride"

2005

Played Maureen Scotfield in the CBS legal drama, "Close to Home"

2005

Cast in the feature adaption of Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"

2004

Starred in "Woman Thou Art Loosed," based on the self-help novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead

2004

Re-teamed with Denzel Washington in "The Manchurian Candidate"

2002

Hired to star opposite Denzel Washington in "John Q"

2001

Cast as the wife of tap dancer Bill Robinson in the Showtime biopic, "Bojangles"

1998

Breakthrough screen role as Denver in "Beloved"

1997

Garnered praise for her supporting role in "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" (Family Channel)

1996

Feature acting debut, "Set it Off!" (billed as Kimberly Elise Oldham)

1995

Made TV debut in an episode of NBC's "In the House" (billed as Kimberly Elise Oldham)

Worked as an associate producer for a local public television station

At age 10, adapted, directed and acted in a stage version of "Free to Be You and Me"

Won praise for her portrayal of a Bronx resident in a production staged by a black theater company

Moved to Los Angeles to study directing at the American Film Institute

Made short film, "The Joy of Mama's Recall"

Began writing plays and stories at age seven

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