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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Little Boxes
  • Mack
2017
No Score Yet True To The Game
  • Actor
2017
83% The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Jesse Fletcher
2015
80% Get On Up
  • Bobby Byrd
$22.9M 2014
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
$116.7M 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Wainwright
$0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly
  • Dionysus
2012
75% The Help
  • Henry the Waiter
$169.8M 2011
63% Secretariat
  • Eddie Sweat
$59.7M 2010
56% The Soloist
  • David Carter
$31.7M 2009
61% The Express
  • Actor
$9.6M 2008
No Score Yet Warm Springs
  • Roy Collier
2005

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Elementary
2012
  • Shinwell Johnson
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2015
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Lafayette Reynolds
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Deng Nimieri
  • 2007
No Score Yet Elementary
  • Actor

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