Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois, moved to Alabama, and then moved back to Illinois. He attended Julliard in NYC, where he became friend with Rutina Wesley, who now plays his cousin, Tara, on True Blood.

At Julliard, Nelsan wrote a semi-autobiographical called "Ugly", which was later performed at the school and won the Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award.

Ellis is best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, although he has also made appearances on The Inside, Veronica Mars, and Without a Trace.

You might also recognize him from the films Trespass, The Express, The Soloist, Talent, and Secretariat.

For his role in True Blood, Nelsan has won an Ewwy Award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series", a Scream Award for "Best Supporting Actor", and an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series".

In 2009, Nelsan also received a NewNowNext Award for "Brink of Fame: Actor".

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Harvey, Illinois

True Blood Quotes

Everyone I love leaves, everything I touch dies, so forgive me if I don't share your faith in my lord.


I don't know what it is about me that makes people think I want to hear their problems. Maybe I smile too much. Maybe I wear too much pink. But please remember I can rip your throat out if I need to. And also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago


True Blood Music

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Good behaviour Good Behaviour Powersolo iTunes
Pistol whip me Pistol Whip Me Acumen Nation iTunes
Crazed country rebel Crazed Country Rebel Hank Williams III iTunes