Ella Thomas

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Ella A. Thomas
Actress Ella A. Thomas.jpg
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Ryan Krause

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]

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 Adrian Grenier), on the HBO hit Entourage and as P Diddy's fiancée 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 has a recurring role on NCIS: Los Angeles and returned to the show in the fall of 2015 as the character Jada Khaled. Ella guest starred in the episode "Skin" of the Karl Urban and Michael Ealy helmed FOX series Almost Human. She will next be seen opposite Zoe Saldana as the author Lorraine Hansberry in the Nina Simone biopic,"Nina", scheduled for release April 22, 2016.[3]

Most recently she filmed one of the lead roles in the Hallmark Movie Channel film production Portrait of Love with Francis Fisher as well as recurring on the new HBO series Ballers alongside 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 appearing in the Lexus ES automotive commercials. She recently completed a recurring arc on season 4 of ABC's Mistresses (U.S. TV series) as well as Antoine Fuqua's new series for DirectTV "ICE" in the role of Lala Agabaria. Most recently she starred opposite Kyra Sedgwick in the ABC series Ten Days In the Valley as Detective Isabel Knight. In addition she joined the cast of the new CBS series Me, Myself and I as well as guest starring on the CW's Supergirl.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Choker Godiva
2006 All In Restaurant Waitress
2009 Surrogates Lisa
2010 Napoleonic Josephine Moliet Short
2014 Borderclash Celia Ricodonna Short
2015 Daniel and the Lion's Den Ellen Robbins Short
2016 Nina Lorraine Hansberry
2016 A Boy Called Po Clarissa Evans
2017 The Queen of Hollywood Blvd Josie


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Shark Call Girl #1 Episode: "Dial M for Monica"
2006 7th Heaven Ethiopian Woman Episode: "Christmas!"
2006 Misconceptions Actress Episode: "Bad Guy's Day Off"
2007 Ugly Betty Striking Amazon Episode: "I'm Coming Out"
2007 Las Vegas Julia Thomas Episode: "Junk in the Trunk"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Girl #1 Episode: "Moving Day"
2007 Point of Entry Monique TV film
2008 NCIS Heidi Episode: "Recoil"
2008 Don King Presents: Prizefighter Tabetha Video game
2008 Polizeiruf 110 Janina Episode: "Rosis Baby"
2008 Entourage Viveca Episode: "Gotta Look Up to Get Down"
2009 CSI: Miami Nadine Alcott Episode: "Sink or Swim"
2009 The Storm Anna Roberts TV miniseries
2009 CSI: NY FBI Agent Deborah Meade Episode: "Death House"
2010 Parenthood Lisa Genatasio Episode: "Namaste No More"
2010 Castle Natasha Piper Episode: "Overkill"
2011 All My Children Diana Holden Recurring role
2011–12, 2015–16 NCIS: Los Angeles Jada Khaled Recurring role (seasons 3 & 7)
2013 Almost Human Vanessa Episode: "Skin"
2014 Bones Lyla Thomas Episode: "The Drama in the Queen"
2015 Portrait of Love Julia Robbins TV film
2015 Ballers Kara Cooley Episodes: "Move the Chains", "Everything Is Everything"
2016 Mistresses Jackie Recurring role (season 4)
2016–17 Ice Lala Agabaria Main role (season 1)
2017 Me, Myself & I Jasmine Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Ten Days in the Valley Isabel Knight Recurring role
2018 Supergirl Tormock Episode: "Fort Rozz"
2019 The Detour Skye Episode: "The Entertainer"

Other works[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 The Scam Executive producer, costume designer
2013–14 Top Flight Security Executive producer, costume designer (11 episodes)
2015 Daniel and the Lion's Den Producer, writer


  1. ^ a b "Movie Mire - Ella Thomas". Movie Mire. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  2. ^ http://tvdramas.about.com/od/celebrityinterviews/a/ellathomasinter.htm
  3. ^ IMDB.com access=03/17/2014

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