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Aunjanue Ellis is a Actor American born on 21 february 1969 at San Francisco (USA)

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis
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Birth name Aunjanue L. Ellis
Nationality USA
Birth 21 february 1969 (50 years) at San Francisco (USA)

Aunjanue L. Ellis (born February 21, 1969) is an American film, stage, and television actress, and producer. She began her acting career in theater, and made her film debut in Girls Town. She later had leading roles in a number of independent movies, and co-starred in several mainstream films.

Ellis is best known for her roles in films Men of Honor (2000), The Caveman's Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), Ray (2004), The Express (2008), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Help (2011). On television, Ellis had regular role in the ABC police drama series High Incident (1996–97), and later co-starred in a number of short-lived dramas. She had recurring roles on The Practice, True Blood, and The Mentalist, and played roles in a number of made for television movies, such as Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) and Abducted: The Carlina White Story (2013).

In 2015, Ellis played the leading role in the miniseries The Book of Negroes based on bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill, for which she received critical acclaim and a Critic's Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. Later that year, she began starring as Miranda Shaw in the ABC drama series, Quantico.

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Tate Taylor
Tate Taylor
(2 films)
Nate Parker
Nate Parker
(1 films)
Scott Millan
Scott Millan
(3 films)
Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Aunjanue Ellis (31 films)

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Actress

The Birth of a Nation
Directed by Nate Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism
Actors Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Gabrielle Union, Nate Parker, Colman Domingo
Roles Nancy Turner
Rating64% 3.201663.201663.201663.201663.20166
Le 21 août 1831, dans le comté de Southampton, en Virginie, l'Afro-américain Nat Turner mène une révolte de Noirs, aussi bien libres qu'esclaves. Soixante Blancs et encore plus de Noirs meurent lors de la révolte.
Get on Up
Get on Up (2014)
, 2h18
Directed by Tate Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Taraji P. Henson, Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Tika Sumpter
Roles Vicki Anderson
Rating68% 3.4477153.4477153.4477153.4477153.447715
The film opens in 1993 with James Brown walking through a darkened hallway as an audience chants his name. He hears the voices of people he knew throughout his life. The film then cuts to 1988 in Augusta, Georgia; James learns that his private bathroom in a strip mall he owns was used without his consent. As he confronts and then forgives the trespasser, he accidentally fires a shotgun, attracting the police.
Of Mind and Music, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Actors Joaquim de Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis, Ruth Negga
Roles Una Vida
Rating68% 3.4317653.4317653.4317653.4317653.431765
A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Abducted: The Carlina White Story, 1h26
Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Actors Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd, Jason Statham, Roger Cross, Afton Williamson
Roles Ann
Rating66% 3.3491153.3491153.3491153.3491153.349115
In August 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Cross) took their 19-day-old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway (Ellis), who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina (Palmer) as Nejdra “Netty” Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut – a mere 45 miles from New York City. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation. After contacting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Carlina was reunited with her biological parents in January 2011.
The Help
The Help (2011)
, 2h26
Directed by Tate Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about writers, Feminist films, Politique, Films about racism, Films about the labor movement, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone
Roles Yule Mae Davis
Rating80% 4.0499554.0499554.0499554.0499554.049955
In 1963 Jackson, Mississippi, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a black maid spending her life raising white children after the death of her only son from an industrial accident. She works for the Leefolt family, principally taking care of the children of Elizabeth Leefolt, a young woman gripped with postpartum depression who refuses to acknowledge her daughter except when disciplining her. Aibileen's best friend is Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), an outspoken black maid who has long worked for Hilly Holbrook's (Bryce Dallas Howard) mother, Mrs. Walters (Sissy Spacek), to the point that they are very comfortable with each other. Minny's stormy temper is tolerated due to respect for her great cooking skills. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) is an independent thinking young white woman returning to the family plantation after graduating from the University of Mississippi to find that her beloved childhood maid, Constantine (Cicely Tyson), has quit while she was away. She is perplexed as she believes Constantine would not have left without writing her, and she eventually learns that Constantine was fired by Skeeter's mother Charlotte (Allison Janney).
Abduction
Abduction (2011)
, 1h46
Directed by John Singleton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Will Peltz, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello
Roles Francheska
Rating51% 2.5590452.5590452.5590452.5590452.559045
Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) is an 18-year-old high school senior living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his parents Kevin (Jason Isaacs) and Mara (Maria Bello). He has been troubled by recurring nightmares and has been seeing psychiatrist Dr. Geraldine "Geri" Bennett (Sigourney Weaver) to diagnose them.
The Resident, 1h31
Directed by Antti Jokinen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace, Aunjanue Ellis, Michael Massee
Roles Sydney
Rating53% 2.6521252.6521252.6521252.6521252.652125
Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank), an emergency room surgeon, rents an apartment in New York City from Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Juliet has recently broken up with her boyfriend Jack (Lee Pace) after she caught him having an affair, but she still has feelings for him. Unbeknownst to Juliet, someone is stalking her, observing her from across the street and apparently entering her apartment.
Game of Death, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Wesley Snipes, Zoë Bell, Aunjanue Ellis, Robert Davi, Ernie Hudson, Ron Balicki
Roles Rachel
Rating47% 2.35382.35382.35382.35382.3538
The story is told in flashback. CIA agent Marcus Jones recounts his final mission in the form of a confession to a Catholic priest. The mission begins when Jones's mentor in the CIA, Dietrich, informs him that his next assignment is to gather intelligence for the possible prosecution of American citizens Frank Smith, an arms dealer, and John Redvale, a hedge fund manager. Jones succeeds in being hired as Smith's bodyguard and accompanies Smith to the Redvale building, where Smith is supposed to obtain $100,000,000 in cash. Unknown assailants attack the vehicle in which Smith and Jones are travelling. While Jones is distracted, Dietrich, flying above them in a helicopter with several other CIA agents, discovers that the others are traitors when they kill him. They are after the $100,000,000.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, 1h45
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, Films about hijackings
Actors Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, Victor Gojcaj, Michael Rispoli
Roles Therese Garber
Rating63% 3.19953.19953.19953.19953.1995
A man calling himself Ryder hijacks Pelham 123, a New York City Subway 6 train that departed from Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. Ryder is accompanied by three other heavily armed men; Bashkim, Emri, and former train operator Phil Ramos. They uncouple the front car from the rest of the train and take the passengers hostage. MTA employee Walter Garber is working the Rail Control Center as a train dispatcher and receives a ransom call from Ryder, who demands $10 million in cash be paid within 60 minutes. Ryder warns that every minute past the deadline they force him to wait, he will execute a hostage.
Notorious
Notorious (2009)
, 2h3
Directed by George Tillman Jr., George Tillman, Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Historical, Musical
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Musical films, Gangster films
Actors Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Naturi Naughton, Marc John Jefferies
Rating67% 3.3502753.3502753.3502753.3502753.350275
The film opens at a party in Los Angeles, California on March 8, 1997. Just as Biggie Smalls is about to be killed in a drive-by shooting, the film flashes back to Biggie's childhood in Brooklyn, where he (now played by his biological son Christopher Wallace, Jr.) lived during his adolescent years. Biggie, (now played by Jamal Woolard) sells drugs at the height of the crack epidemic, hustling with his friends D-Roc (Dennis L.A. White) and Lil' Cease (Marc John Jefferies).
The Hungry Ghosts, 1h44
Directed by Michael Imperioli
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Steve Schirripa, Paul Calderon, Ajay Naidu, Aunjanue Ellis, Emory Cohen, Sharon Angela
Roles Nadia
Rating54% 2.728922.728922.728922.728922.72892
Matthew (Emory Cohen) is a teenage boy in New York who has therapy together with his father Frank (Steve Schirripa), because of their troubled communication. The boy runs away during their session. Angela (Sharon Angela), his mother, is worried but Frank is more concerned with his radio show, and whether his techs got his vodka. He proceeds to use a great deal of cocaine as well before the show begins. Matthew goes to a park where a lot of homeless people are congregated, where he is picked up by a couple. They give him alcohol and drugs, after which the woman has sex with Matthew while the man watches.
Motherhood
Motherhood (2009)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, Anthony Edwards, Stephanie Szostak, Daisy Tahan, Alice Drummond
Roles Sample Sale Friend
Rating46% 2.3058552.3058552.3058552.3058552.305855
In New York's West Village, a mother's (Uma Thurman) dilemmas of marriage, work, and self are shown in the trials and tribulations of one pivotal day.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, 1h26
Directed by Thomas Carter
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about religion
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis, Gus Hoffman, Maestro Harrell, Olivia Dutron
Roles Candy Carson
Rating76% 3.8471053.8471053.8471053.8471053.847105
In 1987, Dr. Ben Carson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) travels to Germany to meet a couple, Peter and Augusta Rausch, who have twins conjoined at the back of their heads. Dr. Carson believes he might be able to successfully separate them, but realizes that he also risks losing one or both of them. After explaining the risk, and despite that fact, Ben agrees to operate.
I Love You Phillip Morris, 1h33
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Prison films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Évasion, Escroquerie, LGBT-related films, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann, Brennan Brown, Michael Showers
Roles Reba
Rating65% 3.2989253.2989253.2989253.2989253.298925
Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey) is on his deathbed, recalling the events of his life that led him to this point. He spent his early adult years in Virginia Beach as a police officer. He plays the organ at church, has unenthusiastic sex with his wife, Debbie (Leslie Mann), and spends his off hours searching for his biological mother, who placed him for adoption as a child. Steven locates his biological mother, but she rejects him.
Racing for Time, 1h27
Directed by Charles S. Dutton
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Yaya DaCosta, Elizabeth Peña, Zulay Henao, Saige Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Charles S. Dutton
Roles Officer Baker
Rating62% 3.102963.102963.102963.102963.10296
Cleveland "Stack" Stackhouse (Charles S. Dutton) is a guard with the Texas Correctional Youth Authority who witnesses the cycle of destructive choices and racial tensions among female teen offenders and decides to do something about it. He gathers African-American, Latina and Caucasian teens, and organizes a multi-racial track team behind the bars of the prison. Participation in Stack's track team not only breaks down the racial divides between the girls, but puts them on a path to turn their lives around.