Tracee Ellis Ross


Character: Alyssa

Tracee Ellis Ross is a multi-talented actress and one of the hottest chameleons in the entertainment industry today.

Ross is best known as the star of the hit sitcom “Girlfriends,” which ran for eight seasons on The UPN/CW network. Her role on the series earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007 and 2009. Ross will next star in and produce the upcoming BET sitcom this fall, “Reed Between the Lines,” opposite Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Earlier this year, Ross returned to the stage and garnered rave reviews in Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” in New York, followed by Los Angeles.

Ross’s feature film work has included HBO’s “Life Support,” with Queen Latifah; Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls,” starring Gabrielle Union; and “Hanging Up,” featuring Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden, to name a few.

Ross began her television career as the host of her own television show, Lifetime’s “The Dish,” for which she was named a “Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times. She has written, produced and performed in segments for cable shows, appeared as a regular on MTV’s sketch comedy series “The Lyricist Lounge Show,” and guest-starred in, hosted and co-hosted various other television programs. Ross has also guest-starred on ABC’s “Private Practice” and “CSI”on CBS.

Ross is a dedicated and passionate volunteer who works with Aviva Family and Children Services and The Big Brother Big Sister organization. She received the Volunteer of the Year award from The Los Angeles Urban League in 2004 and the Impact Award from the Aviva Organization in 2009.

Ross is a graduate of Brown University and the William Esper Acting Studio. She currently resides in Los Angeles.