Nelsan Ellis

Actor Nelsan Ellis played to perfection offbeat characters who lived life on the edge. The classically trained actor appeared in a number of primetime crime dramas before landing a star-making role in director Alan ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1978 in Harvey, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

The Stanford Prison Experiment 2015 (Movie)

Jesse Fletcher (Actor)

Bolden 2014 (Movie)

Bartley (Actor)

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

Bobby Byrd (Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Martin Luther King Jr. (Actor)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2013 (Movie)

Wainwright (Actor)

True Blood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gods Behaving Badly 2012 (Movie)

Dionysus (Actor)

Secretariat 2010 (Movie)

Eddie Sweat (Actor)

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

David Carter (Actor)

The Express 2008 (Movie)

Will Davis, Jr (Actor)

Veronica Mars 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inside 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Warm Springs (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor Nelsan Ellis played to perfection offbeat characters who lived life on the edge. The classically trained actor appeared in a number of primetime crime dramas before landing a star-making role in director Alan Ball's sexy vampire drama, "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ), playing a gender-bending, morally ambiguous fry cook named Lafayette Reynolds. Critics heaped praise on Ellis' compelling performance as the show's resident drug-dealing prostitute whose otherworldly image was both effeminate yet tough. Ellis also took a bite out of feature film acting, with a minor role in the drama "The Soloist" (2009) and a lead role in the biopic "Secretariat" (2010) with Diane Lane. Throughout his career, Ellis turned in impressive performances on television and film, establishing himself as that rare actor whose range was far too vast to be boxed into a single genre.

Relationships

Lakeiya

Sister

Tiffany Snow

Companion
Actress

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

Thornridge High School

1997

Milestones

2009

Cast opposite Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in the biographical drama "The Soloist"

2008

Breakout role as the drug-dealing, Internet-pornographer and prostitute Lafayette on HBO’s "True Blood"

2005

Co-starred with Rachel Nichols and Adam Baldwin in Fox’s short-lived crime drama "The Inside"

2002

Wrote and staged "Ugly," a semi-autobiographical play about domestic abuse; received the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Martin E. Segal Award

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