Ella Thomas

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Ella A. Thomas
Actress Ella Thomas Headshot.jpg
Occupation actress, model, producer
Years active 2006–present

Ella A. Thomas is an Eritrean-American actress, model and producer.


Ella was born to an Eritrean mother from Asmara and an American Air Force officer, who was stationed in Eritrea.[1]

Ella Thomas

When she was still a child, Ella's family relocated to Germany, where they lived in the small town of Kindsbach. There, she attended a local German school. Ella also studied French, while simultaneously continuing Tigrinya and English lessons at home with her mother. Around this time, Ella first developed an appreciation for the performing arts, and began taking part in local school and theater productions. She likewise would periodically return home to Asmara to visit relatives.[1]

Ella has guest starred as Agent Deborah Meade on "CSI: NY" and played one of the lead characters, Anna Roberts, in "The Storm" miniseries on NBC. In the fall 2009, she appeared opposite Bruce Willis in the Touchstone/Disney sci-fi thriller Surrogates, which opened September 25, 2009.[2]

One of her most recognizable performances was as Viveca, a model who attempts to seduce Vince (played by Adrien Grenier), on the HBO hit "Entourage" and as P Diddy's fiancee Nadine Alcott on CSI: Miami.

Ella also starred on the breakout series Parenthood opposite Monica Potter and Peter Krause as well as the ABC's hit show Castle.

Thomas had a recurring role on "NCIS: Los Angeles" in two episodes, "Betrayal" and "Exit Strategy." Ella guest starred in the episode "Skin" of the Karl Urban and Michael Ealy helmed FOX series Almost Human. She will be seen opposite Zoe Saldana as the author Lorraine Hansberry in the Nina Simone biopic, "Nina," scheduled for release in 2015.[3]

Most recently she filmed one of the lead roles in the Hallmark Movie Channel film production "Heart of the Matter" with Francis Fisher as well as the new HBO series Ballers along side Dwayne Johnson and John David Washington.

Ella has also been featured in editorial spreads for American Vogue and Glamour and ELLE and she has also appeared in print ads for companies such as Gap, Tiffany & Co., and Levi's and is currently appearing in the Lincoln car commercials.



Year Film Role Notes
2006 Shark Call Girl
All In Waitress
7th Heaven Angel TV series (one episode: "Christmas")
2007 Betty Amazon TV series (one episode: "I'm Coming Out")
Las Vegas Julia Thomas TV series (one episode "Junk in the Trunk")
"Point of Entry" Monique MOW
2008 "Entourage" Viveca TV Series (Gotta Look Up To Get Down)
NCIS Heidi TV series
Stiletto Waitress
2009 CSI: Miami" Nadine Alcott TV series (Sink or Swim)
"The Storm" Anna Roberts TV mini-series
CSI: NY Agent Deborah Meade TV series
Surrogates Lisa
2010 Parenthood Lisa Genatasio TV series (one episode: "Namaste No More")
Napoleonic Josephine Moliet Film
Castle Natasha Piper TV series (one episode: "Overkill")
2011 All My Children Diana Holden TV series (25 episodes)
NCIS Los Angeles Jada Khaled TV series (two episodes)
2012 NCIS Los Angeles Jada Khaled TV series (Exit Strategy)
2013 NINA "Lorraine Hansberry" Feature Film
Almost Human Vanessa TV series (Skin)
2014 "Bones" Lyla Thomas TV Series (The Drama in the Queen)


Year Film Notes
2012 The Scam
2013 "Top Flight Security"


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