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With a diverse skill set and resume spanning both television and film, Jay Ellis is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors and producers.
Ellis can most recently be seen as ‘Lawrence’ on HBO’s critically-acclaimed comedy series Insecure. Insecure, created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore follows Issa, a young African-American woman as she navigates familiar insecure situations in Los Angeles, while Lawrence, her live-in unemployed boyfriend, faces his own expectations for himself and his success and happiness. Season two premiered on July, 23 2017 to outstanding reviews and Ellis will soon begin production on season three in Los Angeles.” Insecure has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Comedy Series” in 2017 and 2018. Ellis was most recently won a 2018 NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actor” in a Comedy Series.
Ellis has also starred as ‘Bryce “Blue” Westbrook’ on the hit BET series The Game from 2013-2015. His additional television credits include roles on Masters of Sex, Grace and Frankie, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS.
On the big screen, Ellis can next be seen in A Girl, A Boy, A Dream, which premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival. Ellis also recently wrapped production on psychological thriller The Maze in Cape Town, South Africa. Sony will release the film later this year.
Additionally, Ellis most recently produced and starred in the independent drama Like Cotton Twines, which was selected to premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival. Additionally, Ellis starred in the sci-fi thriller Shortwave, which premiered at the Dances with Films Festival in 2016.
In 2016, Ellis served as the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Spokesman. The HIV/AIDS Awareness Days are a project of the Community Capacity Building Coalition (CCBC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose mission is to provide capacity building assistance to community-based organizations and stakeholders involved in HIV/AIDS prevention. In December of 2016, Ellis was requested by the Obama administration to speak and moderate a panel at the White House for the final My Brother’s Keeper summit, an initiative created by President Barack Obama to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
Ellis is also an active volunteer at Inside Out Writers, an organization that teaches creative writing classes in Los Angeles County Juvenile Detention Centers.
Jay Ellis graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.