Nelsan Ellis Net Worth

Nelsan Ellis Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Nelsan Ellis net worth is
$3 Million

Nelsan Ellis Wiki Biography

Nelsan Ellis was born on the 30th November 1978, in Hilton Harvey, Illinois USA, and is an actor who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Carter Howard in the FOX crime drama series “The Inside” (2005-2006), playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO horror series “True Blood” (2008-2014), and as Shinwell Johnson in the CBS procedural drama series “Elementary” (2016-2017). He is also known as a playwright. His career has been active since 2002.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Nelsan Ellis is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Nelsan’s net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as a professional actor, and as a playwright.

Nelsan Ellis Net Worth $3 Million

Nelsan Ellis spent his childhood with his siblings in Bessemer, Alabama, where he was raised by his grandmother after the divorce of his parents. There he attended Jess Lanier High School for a year, after which he transferred to McAdory High School. When he was 15 years old, he returned to Illinois, and in 1997 he matriculated from Thornridge High School in Dolton. As a 17-year-old boy, Nelsan became a member of the US Marines, but soon quit, and continued his education at Illinois State University. While in college, he won the National Championship in Duo Interpretation, as well as the National Forensic Association tournament, and then enrolled at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 2004.

Nelsan’s acting career actually began in 2002, when he made his debut appearance in the short drama “Lost”. His breakout came three years later, when he starred in the role of Roy Collier in the TV film “Warm Springs” (2005), and was then selected to portray Carter Howard in the TV crime drama series “The Inside” (2005-2006), starring alongside Adam Baldwin and Rachel Nichols. In the following year, he guest-starred in “Veronica Mars”, and “Without A Trace”. All of these roles increased his net worth considerably.

In 2008, Nelsan won the role of Lafayette Reynolds in the TV series “True Blood”, starring with Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Sam Trammell and which lasted until 2014. This role earned him enormous success, and since then his career has only gone upwards, as well as his net worth. He subsequently appeared in a number of film titles, such as “The Express” (2008) playing Will Davis, Jr., “Secretariat” (2010) as Eddie Sweat, and “Get On Up” (2014) in the role of Bobby Byrd, among others, all contributing to his net worth.

To speak further about his acting career, Nelsan was cast in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s film entitled “The Stanford Prison Experiment” in 2015, and in the following year appeared in “True To The Game” and “Little Boxes”. Most recently, he landed the role of Shinwell Johnson in the TV series “Elementary” (2016-2017), which will certainly increase his net worth.

Thanks to his accomplishments in the film industry and his work on “True Blood”, Nelsan has won a number of recognitions and awards, including the 2008 Satellite Award, the 2009 Ewwy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, the 2011 NAACP Image Award, etc.

Additionally to this, Nelsan is also known as a playwright, writing the play entitled “Ugly”, while he was a student, for which he earned the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Martin E. Segal Award.

When it comes to his personal life, Nelsan Ellis is rumoured to be married, but keeps his love life to himself, and the only other thing known to the media is his current residence, which is in Los Angeles, California.

Full NameNelsan Ellis
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 30, 1978
Place Of BirthHarvey, Illinois, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Playwright, Film Producer
EducationJuilliard School, Jess Lanier High School, Columbia College Chicago, McAdory High School, Thornridge High School
SiblingsAlice Nellis
NicknamesNelson Ellis
AwardsSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
MoviesTrue Blood, Get on Up, The Help, Secretariat, The Butler, The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Soloist, The Express, Warm Springs, Gods Behaving Badly, Little Boxes
TV ShowsTrue Blood, The Inside
1I support it. I think anybody should - I mean - I have my religious views, but I don't choose to oppress them on anybody. I think in this country, anybody can do whatever they want to do as long as it's not hurting anybody else or violating the laws of society. If you want to get married to a man then get married to a man. If two women want to get married they should get married. It's not hurting me. The beautiful thing about this country is that I can be a Christian and feel free to do so. Or somebody cannot be a Christian and do whatever that entails. Or somebody can be a Christian and still be gay and I support it. Let gay people get married. [Ellis in a "Vibe" Magazine interview, when he was asked about his thoughts about gay marriage.]
1Wrote Play "Ugly" about the devastating effects of domestic abuse, after his sister Alice was shot by her husband in 2002. Nelsan staged the play while a student at Julliard. Received the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Martin E. Segal Award for his efforts.
2Born in Harvey, Illinois. Moved to Bessemer, Alabama at age 6. Moved to Dolton, Illinois at 14 where he attended Thornridge High School.
3Moved from Alabama to New York to attend the prestigious acting program at Juilliard.


#Nausea... for Millennials2013Short post-productionGibson
Elementary2016-2017TV SeriesShinwell Johnson
Little Boxes2016Mack
Send Me: An Original Web Series2016TV SeriesBenjamin
True to the Game2016Tyrik
The Stanford Prison Experiment2015Jesse Fletcher
True Blood2008-2014TV SeriesLafayette Reynolds
Get on Up2014Bobby Byrd
Gods Behaving Badly2013Dionysus
The Butler2013/IMartin Luther King Jr.
Naked Eye2012ShortThe Man
The Reluctant Fundamentalist2012Wainwright
The Help2011Henry The Waiter
Secretariat2010Eddie Sweat
True Blood: Webisodes2010TV Series shortLafayette Reynolds
The Soloist2009David Carter
The Express2008Will Davis, Jr.
Without a Trace2007TV SeriesDeng Nimieri
Veronica Mars2007TV SeriesApollo Bukenya
The Inside2005-2006TV SeriesCarter Howard
Warm Springs2005TV MovieRoy Collier


Hands to the Sky, Catch Them & They're Yours2014Short executive producer completed
Damn Wonderful2013Documentary executive producer
Train(ed)2013Short executive producer
The End of Thorns2011Short executive producer
Page 362010Short executive producer
Flower Shop2006Short executive producer
Trespass2005Short executive producer / producer


Page 362010Short story


Damn Wonderful2013Documentary
Page 362010Short


Ornaments2008production assistant


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Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gag Reel2014Video shortHimself
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CollegeHumor Originals2012TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Love Lust2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Celebrity Vampire Baseball2010TV MovieHimself - Sinners Designated Hitter
True Blood-Lines: A New Type2008TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

RuPaul's Drag Race2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
True Blood: Webisodes2010TV Series shortLafayette Reynolds

Won Awards

2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Help (2011)
2009Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsBest Ensemble, TelevisionTrue Blood (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTrue Blood (2008)

Nominated Awards

2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor, Motion PictureGet on Up (2014)
2015Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaTrue Blood (2008)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)
2009Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Supporting ActorTrue Blood (2008)

Known for movies

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