Aunjanue Ellis

Active - 1996 - Present  |   Born - Feb 21, 1969 in San Francisco, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy Drama

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San Francisco-born actress Aunjanue Ellis graduated with a B.A. in African-American studies from Brown University before studying acting at NYU. She began her career in the mid-'90s, appearing in films like Girls Town and A Map of the World. In 2002, she gave a memorable performance as secret agent Sistah Girl in the comedy Undercover Brother, and that same year she was cast in a starring role in the series MDs. In 2005, she nabbed another starring role in a series as MSgt. Jocelyn Pierce on the Pentagon drama E-Ring, and she stayed with the show for 11 episodes. In 2008, she appeared in a starring role as an unlikely murder suspect in the thriller Cover.

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  • Is a member of the Gamma Psi chapter of the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.
  • Played Ariel, opposite Patrick Stewart's Prospero, in the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1995 production of The Tempest.
  • Was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in the 2000 film Men of Honor.
  • Received the Rising Star Award from Delta Sigma Theta in 2010.