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Nelsan Ellis

Ellis at the True Blood premiere party in June 2009
Born c. 1978
Harvey, Illinois
Occupation Actor, Playwright

Nelsan Ellis (born c. 1978) is an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood.


Early life

Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois.[1] Following his parents' divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Bessemer, Alabama, where he attended Jess Lanier High School for a year, then transferred to McAdory High School.[2] He moved back to Illinois at 15, and graduated from Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois, in 1997. Ellis is a graduate of Juilliard.


Satellite Award

  • 2008 – "Best Supporting Actor In A Television Series" - True Blood

NewNowNext Awards

  • 2009 – "Brink of Fame: Actor"

Ewwy Award

  • 2009 – "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - True Blood.

Scream Award


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Lost Hoffa
2005 Warm Springs Roy Collier TV movie
Trespass Trespass
2008 The Express Will Davis, Jr.
2009 The Soloist David Carter
Talent Titus
2010 Secretariat Eddie Sweat Post-Production
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Inside Carter Howard 13 Episodes
2007 Veronica Mars Apollo Bukenya Episode: "I Know What You'll Do Next Summer"
Without a Trace Deng Nimieri Episode: "Lost Boy"
2008-Present True Blood Lafayette Reynolds Regular


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