Nelsan Ellis

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Spent part of his childhood in Bessemer, AL, before returning to his native Illinois for high school. Credited two high school teachers---Tim Sweeney and Bill Kirksey---with steering him toward the performing arts. Got hooked on acting as a freshman after Sweeney cast him as Junie in a production of George C. Wolfe's play The Colored Museum. Wrote UGLy, a play about domestic violence, after his sister Alice was murdered by her husband. The play won the Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award. Was a year ahead of True Blood costar Rutina Wesley at Juilliard. Wrote, executive produced and starred in Trespass (2005), one of five finalists for the 2006 HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet True To The Game Tyrik 2017
70% Little Boxes Mack 2017
84% The Stanford Prison Experiment Jesse Fletcher 2015
80% Get On Up Bobby Byrd $22.9M 2014
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler Martin Luther King, Jr. $116.7M 2013
57% The Reluctant Fundamentalist Wainwright $0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly Dionysus 2012
76% The Help Henry the Waiter $169.8M 2011
63% Secretariat Eddie Sweat $59.7M 2010
57% The Soloist David Carter $31.7M 2009
61% The Express Actor $9.6M 2008
No Score Yet Warm Springs Roy Collier 2005

TV

CREDIT
97% Elementary
2012
Shinwell Johnson
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
70% True Blood
2008-2014
Lafayette Reynolds
  • 2019
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2015
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Deng Nimieri
  • 2007
No Score Yet Elementary

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