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Nelsan Ellis

Spent part of his childhood in Bessemer, AL, before returning to his native Illinois for high school. Credits 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 YEAR
No Score Yet Little Boxes
  • Actor
2016
83% The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Jesse Fletcher
2015
80% Get On Up
  • Bobby Byrd
2014
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Wainwright
2013
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly
  • Dionysus
2012
75% The Help
  • Henry the Waiter
2011
63% Secretariat
  • Eddie Sweat
2010
56% The Soloist
  • David Carter
2009
61% The Express
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Warm Springs
  • Roy Collier
2005

TV

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

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