Aunjanue Ellis - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 9, 2022

Aunjanue Ellis
Profession: Actress
Best Known For: Girls Town (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $6 million

Personal Details

Born on : February 21, 1969 (age 55)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Aunjanue L. Ellis
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA
Horoscope: Pisces
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: 1

Sasha Ellis (sister)

University: Brown University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
Ethnicity: African-American
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single

Body Measurements

Height: 1.66 meter (5 feet 5 inch)
Weight: 62 kg (136.69 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Shoe Size: 7.5 US
Dress Size: 8 US
Breast Size: 36 inch
Waist Size: 35 inch
Hip Size: 35 inch
Bra Size: 36
Cup Size: C

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Who is Aunjanue Ellis?

Aunjanue Ellis is an actress, producer by profession, and American by nationality. She is well known for starring in the films Girls Town, Men of Honor, The Taking of Pelham 123, etc.

Aunjanue Ellis (Image: Facebook)

Aunjanue Ellis – Age, Parents, Siblings

Aunjanue Ellis’ birth took place on February 21, 1969, in San Francisco, California, USA. Born as Aunjanue L. Ellis, she and her sister Sasha Ellis were raised by her grandmother on her grandmother's farm in McComb, Mississippi. Not much is known about her parents, siblings, and the rest of the family.

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Aunjanue Ellis attended Tougaloo College before transferring to Brown University. She graduated later with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American studies. She went on to study in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Her ethnicity is African-American.

Aunjanue Ellis – Boyfriend, Husband, Kids

Although Ellis has been in the spotlight for over a decade, not many details are known about her personal life. There have been no records of her past boyfriend(s) and romantic relationships. Currently, she is single, sans husband and children/kids.

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Aunjanue Ellis – Career

Early Days

While a student at Brown University, Ellis played a role in a play, which sparked her love for acting. She started her career in 1990 as a theatre actress. Her credits include Ariel in the Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. 

After years of working in theatre, she landed her film debut in 1996’s Girls Town while her screen debut was in the episode of the Fox police drama series New York Undercover.

Aunjanue Ellis in Girls Town (Image: Tumblr)

Films, Series

Over the years Aunjanue Ellis is known for starring in the films Men of Honor (2000), The Caveman's Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), Ray (2004), The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Help (2011). 

She is also well known for portraying character(s) in the ABC police drama series High Incident (1996–97), The Practice, True Blood, Quantico, The Mentalist, Lovecraft Country, in miniseries The Book of Negroes (2015), and When They See Us (2019).  Moreover, she has worked in the films The Birth of a Nation (2016) and in the television movies Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009), Abducted: The Carlina White Story (2013), Lifetime’s The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, to name a few.


On the set of Lovecraft Country, Aunjanue Ellis has worked with Abbey Lee Kershaw, Wunmi Mosaku, Tony Goldwyn, Jamie Neumann, and Mac Brandt.

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Aunjanue Ellis in The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (Image: Washington Post)

Aunjanue Ellis – Awards, Nominations

Ellis has been nominated for NAACP Image Awards, four Black Reel Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics' Choice Television Awards, Emmy Awards, etc. She has won Satellite Award or Best Cast – Motion Picture (2011).

Aunjanue Ellis – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Aunjanue Ellis is estimated to be around $6 Million while there have been no estimates on her annual salary.

Aunjanue Ellis – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles such as Twitter, and Facebook, Aunjanue Ellis is followed by thousands of followers but is absent from Instagram.

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