Elise Demetria Neal
March 14, 1966
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
From 1998 to 2002, Neal starred as Yvonne Hughley in the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys. Other film appearances include Mission to Mars (2000), Hustle & Flow (2005) and Logan (2017). On television, Neal also starred as Tia Jewel in the first two seasons of the UPN/The CW sitcom All of Us from 2003 to 2005. She is a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee.
Neal was born on March 14, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of a nurse and a construction worker. She attended Lakeview Elementary. She was a ballet dancer and a cheerleader. She broke her left wrist in a high toss cheerleading stunt; after the bones healed, her wrist never straightened back out completely. She graduated from Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. From 1984 to 1988, she attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Elise left college after two years and moved to New York City where she landed roles in musical theater and found herself traveling the world with various touring companies. Her experience in musical theater allowed her to easily transition into commercials, eventually bringing her to Los Angeles.
Neal was an accomplished dancer and appeared in several hip hop and R&B music videos in the early 1990s. One of her earliest jobs was as a background dancer in Chubb Rock's music video for "Just the Two of Us." Other music videos Neal has appeared in include Black Sheep's 1992 video for Strobelite Honey, Father MC's 1991 video for "Lisa Baby", Aretha Franklin's 1998 video for "A Rose Is Still a Rose", Trick Daddy's 2001 video "I'm a Thug", and Vanessa Williams' video "Work to Do". Neal was also featured in the November 2007 edition of King Magazine.
Once in Los Angeles, Neal landed the role of Janice Sinclair on the soap opera Loving. She then played fighter pilot J.J. Fredericks on the series seaQuest 2032. Her breakout role was being cast as Yvonne Hughley, the wife of D.L. Hughley in the five seasons of the television sitcom The Hughleys. While on The Hughleys, Neal was cast in the high-profile role of Hallie in Scream 2. Her character was originally written to be one of the killers of the movie, but due to a script leak her role was changed. Neal also appeared as a backing dancer in the music video for Dannii Minogue's 1993 single "This Is It".
Her film debut was a starring role in Rosewood. Other film credits include: Paid in Full, Money Talks, Mission to Mars and Restaurant. Her role in the 2007 film 4 Life also marked her first soundtrack single, "I'm Down Baby". She also appeared in the series K-Ville.
Neal was nominated for a NAACP award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the film Hustle & Flow, and received two NAACP nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy for The Hughleys.
Expanding her role as producer, Neal is creating and developing several multimedia projects: a reality show based on her R&B group, "Assorted Flavors", a fitness and lifestyle brand, and several feature projects through her development deal with Mandalay Bay Entertainment.
Neal played Kathryn Munson in the 2017 superhero film Logan.
|1993||Tales of the City||TV Movie||Young Woman|
|1995||Let It Be Me||Carlita|
|Def Jam's How to Be a Player||Nadine|
|1998||Chance of a Lifetime||Amy||TV Movie|
|2000||Mission to Mars||Debra Graham|
|2001||The Rising Place||Wilma Watson|
|Sacred Is the Flesh||Gabi Paige|
|Brian's Song||Linda Sayers|
|2002||Paid in Full||Aunt June|
|2003||Playas Ball||Summer Twitty|
|2005||Hustle & Flow||Yevette|
|2006||Wyclef Jean in America||Josephine Jean||TV Movie|
|2007||Playas Ball||Summer Twitty|
|My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage||Herself||Documentary|
|2009||Preaching to the Pastor||Monica|
|Jack and Janet Save the Planet||Christie||TV Movie|
|2010||Let God Be the Judge||Rachel|
|Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed||Monique||Video|
|Love Me or Leave Me||Josephine Wyatt||TV Movie|
|Lord, All Men Can't Be Dogs||Diane|
|Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective||Herself||Documentary|
|The Perfect Man|
|Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury||Florence|
|2012||The Undershepherd||Sister Roberts|
|Who's Watching the Kids||Delia|
|2013||School of Hard Knocks||Kim||Video|
|2014||First Impression||Kym Pine||TV Movie|
|The Fright Night Files||Coffee Black||TV Movie|
|Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B||Gladys Knight||TV Movie|
|2016||Ladies Book Club||Rona||TV Movie|
|36 Hour Layover||Rebecca|
|What Are the Chances?||Gina|
|Tragedy Girls||Mrs. Hooper|
|The White Sistas||Erin White|
|Our Dream Christmas||Cookie|
|2018||Don't Get Caught||Gina||Video|
|We Belong Together||Megan|
|Her Only Choice||Sherry|
|I Left My Girlfriend for Regina Jones||Regina Jones|
|2020||The Sin Choice|
|The App That Stole Christmas||Carly|
|A State of Mind||Keisha Thomas|
|1991||Another World||Dancer||Episode: "#1.6923"|
|1992||Law & Order||Charlayne Ward||Episode: "Cradle to Grave"|
|1993||Getting By||Debbie||Episode: "Back to Nature"|
|Tales of the City||Spa Instructor||Episode: "#1.3"|
|California Dreams||Miss Jackie||Episode: "High Plains Dreamer"|
|Family Matters||Heather||Episode: "Car Wars"|
|1993-95||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Lisa||2 Episodes|
|1994||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Wendy Robertson||Episode: "M Is for the Many Things She Gave Me"|
|Loving||Janey Sinclair||Episode: "#1.2860"|
|Red Shoe Diaries||Dancer||Episode: "Emily's Dance"|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Tamara Parnett||Episode: "Cutting Edges"|
|Pointman||Millie||Episode: "Take the Points"|
|1995-96||seaQuest DSV||Lieutenant J.J. Fredericks||Main Cast, Season 3|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Special||Alicia||Episode: "Daddy's Girl"|
|Living Single||Sharon||Episode: "School's Out Forever"|
|High Incident||Arial||Episode: "Bullet the Blue Sky"|
|The Steve Harvey Show||Juanita Du'Shea||Episode: "Pool Sharks Git Bit"|
|1998||The Wayans Bros||Tanya Cooper||Episode: "The Rich Girl"|
|Fantasy Island||Catherine||Episode: "Wishboned"|
|1998–02||The Hughleys||Yvonne Williams-Hughley||Main Cast|
|2001||E! True Hollywood Story||Herself||Episode: "Scream"|
|2002||Heroes of Black Comedy||Herself||TV Mini Series documentary|
|Hollywood Squares||Herself||5 Episodes|
|Pyramid||Celebrity Contestant||TV Series|
|2003||A.U.S.A.||Jill Davis||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004||Method & Red||Brenda||Episode: "Something About Brenda"|
|The 100 Scariest Movie Moments||Herself||Episode: "Part I: 100-81"|
|2003–05||All of Us||Tia Jewel||Main Cast, Season 1-2|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Giselle||Episode: "Bodies in Motion"|
|Black in the 80s||Herself||2 Episodes|
|2007||K-Ville||Ayana Boulet||Recurring Cast|
|2009||My Manny||Jennifer||Main Cast|
|Private Practice||Janine||Episode: "What You Do for Love"|
|2010||Life After||Herself||Episode: "Elise Neal"|
|2011||Funny or Die Presents||Peaches||Episode: "The Burn Unit"|
|The Cape||Susan Voyt||3 Episodes|
|2011-12||A.N.T. Farm||Roxanne Parks||Recurring Cast, Season 1|
|2012||Scandal||Anna Gordon||Episode: "The Other Woman"|
|2013||Belle's||Jill Cooper||Main Cast|
|The Soul Man||Jessica||Episode: "Revelations"|
|Real Husbands of Hollywood||Herself||2 Episodes|
|2014-15||Hollywood Divas||Herself||Main Cast, Season 1-2|
|2017||Tales||Beatriz||Episode: "A Story to Tell" |
|2019-20||25 Words or Less||Contestant||6 Episodes|
|2020||Into the Dark||Dr. Linda Johnson||Episode: "Good Boy"|
|2021||A Black Lady Sketch Show||Gigi||Episode: "If I'm Paying These Chili's Prices, You Cannot Taste My Steak!"|
Awards and nominations
|2006||NAACP Image Award||NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||"Hustle & Flow"||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Black Reel Awards||Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble||Nominated|
- Jason Buchanan (2008). "Elise Neal – Biography". movies.msn. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- "On This Day In Comedy… In 1966 Actress Elise Neal Was Born!". The Humor Mill. March 28, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Scream 2 rewritten after script leak". April 30, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Tales Episode 2 – 'I Got a Story to Tell' Cast". BET.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.