Aunjanue Ellis first came to the public’s attention in the award-winning ABC television series The Practice. Since then, she has appeared on such notable series as Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Numb3rs. Jerry Bruckheimer has cast her in two separate series, NBC’s E-Ring, opposite Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper, and more recently Fox’s Justice, opposite Victor Garber. Currently, Ellis can be seen HBO’s True Blood, bearing fangs as an angry vampire.
Ellis’ film credits include Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely and Amazing; the Eddie Griffin comedy Undercover Brother; Freedomland, opposite Julianne Moore and Samuel L. Jackson; and Men of Honor, opposite Robert DeNiro, Charlize Theron and her GIFTED HANDS co-star, Cuba Gooding Jr. Perhaps her most prominent cinematic role to date is her performance opposite Jamie Foxx in the Oscar-winning film Ray.
Last year, Ellis starred in Bill Duke’s film-noir homage Cover and the football drama The Express. This winter, she will be seen in a cameo role opposite Jim Carrey in the comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris. She will also co-star with Uma Thurman in the film Motherhood and in a role written for her by Michael Imperioli in his directorial debut, Hungry Ghosts.