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Jay Ellis


Jay Ellis is a famous actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist from the United States. Jay Ellis is widely known for his portrayal in the films Insecure, The Game, and Escape Room.

Early Life and Childhood

Jay Ellis was born in South California, United States on 27 December 1981. His birth name is Wendell Ramone “Jay” Ellis Jr. He is 39 years old with the zodiac sign Capricorn. Ellis holds an American nationality and belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

Regarding his family background, he is the son of Wendell R. Ellis Sr. (Father) and Paula Bryant-Ellis (Mother). His father, Wendell worked in the Air Force whereas his mom, Paula worked as a finance executive. Jay is the only child of his parents.

Jay Ellis – Education

Speaking of his educational background, Jay completed his secondary education at a local high school in America. Following that, he enrolled at Concordia University in Oregon to further his education.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about his career, Jay Ellis previously worked for the Portland Trail Blazers during their notorious “Jail Blazers” tenure as an intern in public relations.

Further, Jay transitioned from his internship to a career in modelling, working for Portland-based sportswear brands like Adidas, Nike, and Columbia Sportswear.

Ellis also relocated to Los Angeles to further his acting career. After appearing in a few television episodes of Related and Invasion, he made his acting debut in 2005.

Jay Ellis

Caption: Jay Ellis in the film Escape Room source: Maui News.

Likewise, he made appearances in the television shows How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy.

When the actor appeared in BET’s The Game series in 2013, he became quite well-known. Additionally, he appeared in the October 2016 episode of HBO’s comedy series Insecure after joining the cast in 2015.

At the 48th NAACP Image Awards, Jay Ellis was recognized for his outstanding performance in a comedy series for his outstanding work in the show.

Moreover, Ellis just took over as host of The Untold Story: Policing. Campaign Zero and Lemonade Media are co-producers of the four-part podcast series.

Together with Jessica Cordova Kramer, DeRay McKesson, and Stephanie Wittles Wachs, he serves as both the series host and an executive producer.

Net Worth 2024

Jay Ellis has earned a huge amount of money through his hard work and brilliance. His projected net worth is around $3 million in 2024.


Ellis also earns a lot of wealth through brand endorsements. Jay has collaborated with various renowned brands including Adidas, Cricket Nation, Nike, Air Jordan, and Columbia Sportswear.

Personal Life

Regarding his personal life, Jay Ellis is currently in a relationship with a famous Serbian model and actress, Nina Senicar. The pair began their courtship in 2015. In 2017, they came clean about their relationship.

Jay Ellis

Caption: Jay with Nina Senicar source: People.

Further, On November 8, 2019, the couple welcomed Nora Grace into the world, their first child. Besides that, Ellis has not shared any information concerning his past relationships or love life.

Body Measurements

Jay Ellis is handsome undoubtedly. He has a perfect height of 6 feet 2 inches (189 cm/1.89 m) and weighs around 84 kg (185 lbs). In addition, Ellis has a dark brown pair of eyes and black hair colour.

Jay Ellis – Social Media

He is active on his Instagram account @jayrellis with 885.5K followers. Moreover, he also has 156.5K followers on Twitter and 209.8K followers on Facebook.