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Aunjanue Ellis Biography

Birth Place:
San Francisco, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2021Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated