|Birthdate||February 21, 1969|
|Birthplace||San Fransisco, CA|
|Notable works||The Help|
|Appearances||List of Appearances|
She is an American actress and was born on February 21, 1969 in San Francisco, California. Ellis attended Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi before she transferred to Brown University, where she completed her undergraduate studies.
She received a BA in African American Studies from Brown University, and studied acting in the graduate drama program at NYU. Currently she has starred in three shows (E-Ring, High Incident, and MDs), had a recurring role in Jonny Zero and Justice, has had 12 movie rolls, and had 21 TV guest star credits before joining The Mentalist.
Ellis currently serves as a regular cast member on ABC's Quantico, where she portrays the villainous Miranda Shaw.