Aunjanue Ellis


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Aunjanue Ellis was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from the Brown University, and later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During her career, Ellis performed on Off-Broadway theater, appeared in many film, and had roles on television. In film, she is best known for her roles in "Men of Honor" (2000), "... See full bio »

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(2000)
Undercover Brother Sistah Girl
(2002)
Ray Mary Ann Fisher
(2004)
The Help Yule Mae Davis
(2011)

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 2022 61st Street (TV Series) (filming)
Martha Roberts
- Episode #2.4 (2022) ... Martha Roberts
- Episode #1.1 (2022) ... Martha Roberts
- Episode #2.8 ... Martha Roberts
- Episode #2.7 ... Martha Roberts
- Episode #2.6 ... Martha Roberts
 2021 King Richard
Brandi Williams
 2020 Lovecraft Country (TV Series)
Hippolyta Freeman
- Full Circle (2020) ... Hippolyta Freeman
- Rewind 1921 (2020) ... Hippolyta Freeman
- Jig-a-Bobo (2020) ... Hippolyta Freeman (credit only)
- I Am. (2020) ... Hippolyta Freeman
- Meet Me in Daegu (2020) ... Hippolyta Freeman (credit only)
 2020 Release (TV Series)
Ida
- Scorn (2020) ... Ida
 2020/I The Subject
Leslie Barnes
 2020 The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (TV Movie)
Mattie Moss Clark
 2020 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Laura Chase
- Garland's Baptism by Fire (2020) ... Laura Chase
 2019 Miss Virginia
Lorraine Townsend
 2018-2019 Designated Survivor (TV Series)
Eleanor Darby
- #thesystemisbroken (2019) ... Eleanor Darby
- Capacity (2018) ... Eleanor Darby
- Kirkman Agonistes (2018) ... Eleanor Darby
- Overkill (2018) ... Eleanor Darby
- Fallout (2018) ... Eleanor Darby
 2019 When They See Us (TV Mini Series)
Sharonne Salaam
- Part Four (2019) ... Sharonne Salaam
- Part Two (2019) ... Sharonne Salaam
- Part One (2019) ... Sharonne Salaam
 2018 Chiefs (TV Movie)
Kendra
 2018 Pimp
Gloria May
 2018 If Beale Street Could Talk
Mrs. Hunt
 2017 Romeo and Juliet in Harlem
Lady Capulet
 2015-2017 Quantico (TV Series)
Miranda Shaw
- RESISTANCE (2017) ... Miranda Shaw
- RAINBOW (2017) ... Miranda Shaw
- GLOBALREACH (2017) ... Miranda Shaw
- MHORDER (2017) ... Miranda Shaw
- KUMONK (2017) ... Miranda Shaw
 2012-2017 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Michelle Hanna / Quinn
- Unleashed (2017) ... Michelle Hanna (uncredited)
- Uncaged (2017) ... Michelle Hanna
- Humbug (2014) ... Michelle Hanna
- Ascension (2013) ... Michelle Hanna
- Descent (2013) ... Michelle Hanna
 2016 The Birth of a Nation
Nancy
 2015 The Book of Negroes (TV Mini Series)
Aminata Diallo
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Aminata Diallo
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Aminata Diallo
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Aminata Diallo
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Aminata Diallo
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Aminata Diallo
 2014 Sleepy Hollow (TV Series)
Lori Mills
- Mama (2014) ... Lori Mills
 2014 Of Mind and Music
Una Vida
 2014 Get on Up
Vicki Anderson
 2010-2013 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Madeleine Hightower
- Red Listed (2013) ... Madeleine Hightower
- Strawberries and Cream: Part 2 (2011) ... Madeleine Hightower
- Strawberries and Cream: Part 1 (2011) ... Madeleine Hightower
- Red Queen (2011) ... Madeleine Hightower
- Red Gold (2011) ... Madeleine Hightower
 2013/II The Volunteer
Leigh
 2012 Abducted: The Carlina White Story (TV Movie)
Ann
 2012 Missing (TV Series)
Mary Dresden / Mary
- The Three Bears (2012) ... Mary Dresden
- Ice Queen (2012) ... Mary
- Pilot (2012) ... Mary Dresden
 2012 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Sylvia Marshall
- Reagan V. Reagan (2012) ... Sylvia Marshall
 2011/I Money Matters
Pamela Matters
 2011 The Help
Yule Mae Davis
 2011 Game of Death
Rachel
 2011 The Resident
Sydney
 2010 The Tested
Darraylynn Warren
 2009 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Linda Underwood
- Crash (2009) ... Linda Underwood
 2009 The Taking of Pelham 123
Therese (Garber's Wife)
 2009 Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (TV Movie)
Candy
 2009/I Motherhood
Sample Sale Friend
 2009 The Hungry Ghosts
Nadia
 2009 Notorious
Sandy
 2008 The Prince of Motor City (TV Movie)
Cora Neel
 2008 True Blood (TV Series)
Diane
- Burning House of Love (2008) ... Diane
- Mine (2008) ... Diane
- The First Taste (2008) ... Diane
 2008 The Express
Marie Davis
 2008 The Border (TV Series)
Amira
- Family Values (2008) ... Amira
 2008 Racing for Time (TV Movie)
Officer Baker
 2008 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Ivy Kirk
- Power (2008) ... Ivy Kirk
 2007 Cover
Valerie Mass
 2006-2007 Justice (TV Series)
Miranda Lee
- False Confession (2007) ... Miranda Lee
- Prior Convictions (2006) ... Miranda Lee
- Filicide (2006) ... Miranda Lee
- Shotgun (2006) ... Miranda Lee
- Shark Week (2006) ... Miranda Lee
 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Carmen Rivera
- Flipped (2007) ... Carmen Rivera
 2005-2006 E-Ring (TV Series)
MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce
- Acceptable Losses (2006) ... MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce
- The Two Princes (2006) ... MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce
- Isolation (2006) ... MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce
- Brothers in Arms (2006) ... MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce
- Hard Cell (2006) ... MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce (credit only)
 2006 Freedomland
Felicia
 2005 Perception
Vera
 2005 Jonny Zero (TV Series)
Gloria
- Man Up (2005) ... Gloria
- To Serve and to Protect (2005) ... Gloria
- Bounty (2005) ... Gloria
- Who's Your Daddy (2005) ... Gloria
- La Familia (2005) ... Gloria
 2004/I Ray
Mary Ann Fisher
 2004 The D.A. (TV Series)
Ellen Baker
- The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky (2004) ... Ellen Baker
 2004 Brother to Brother
Zora
 2002 MDs (TV Series)
Quinn Joyner
- Family Secrets (2002) ... Quinn Joyner
- Connective Tissue (2002) ... Quinn Joyner
- Reversal of Fortune (2002) ... Quinn Joyner
- Wing and a Prayer (2002) ... Quinn Joyner
- R.I.P. (2002) ... Quinn Joyner
 2002 Undercover Brother
Sistah Girl
 2002 I Am Ali (Short)
 2001 Lovely & Amazing
Lorraine
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Amanda Davis / Jackie Lange
- Let's Make a Night of It (2001) ... Jackie Lange
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (2001) ... Amanda Davis
- My Brother's Keeper (2001) ... Amanda Davis
 2000 Disappearing Acts (TV Movie)
Pam
 2000 The Opponent
June
 2000 Men of Honor
Jo
 2000 I'll Wave Back
Earlene
 2000 Third Watch (TV Series)
Gail Moore
- 32 Bullets and a Broken Heart (2000) ... Gail Moore
- Journey to the Himalayas (2000) ... Gail Moore
 1999 The Practice (TV Series)
Sharon Young
- Committed (1999) ... Sharon Young
- Do Unto Others (1999) ... Sharon Young
- Crossfire (1999) ... Sharon Young
- Target Practice (1999) ... Sharon Young
 1999 A Map of the World
Dyshett
 1999 In Too Deep
Denise
 1998 Desert Blue
Agent Summers
 1998 Side Streets
Brenda Boyce
 1996-1997 High Incident (TV Series)
Off. Leslie Joyner
- Shootout (1997) ... Off. Leslie Joyner
- Starting Over (1997) ... Off. Leslie Joyner
- Camino High (1997) ... Off. Leslie Joyner
- Remote Control (1997) ... Off. Leslie Joyner
- Show Me the Money (1997) ... Off. Leslie Joyner
 1996 Ed's Next Move
Erica
 1996 Girls Town
Nikki
 1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Claudia
- Buster and Claudia (1995) ... Claudia
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Stage: Appeared (as "Hermione, Queen of Sicily") in "A Winter's Tale" on Broadway. See more »

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Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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I love playing different characters and things that are challenging. I'm not interested in safety at all. That's what makes me get up in the morning. See more »

Trivia:

Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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