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Ellen Sandweiss

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Ellen Sandweiss
Sandweiss in 2009
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BFA, MA)
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • singer
Years active1978–present
SpouseMatt Hodges (divorced)
Children2, including Jessy Hodges

Ellen Sandweiss is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Cheryl Williams in The Evil Dead franchise.


Sandweiss was born in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She went to Groves High School, where she participated in plays and later Super 8 movies with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell.[1] She gained notoriety in the 1981 horror cult-classic The Evil Dead, playing Ash Williams' sister Cheryl. Afterwards, she went on a hiatus from acting for over 20 years. In 2006, Sandweiss starred in Satan's Playground. The following year, she appeared in My Name Is Bruce. In 2013, Sandweiss had a cameo role in Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful. In 2016, Sandweiss reprised her role as Cheryl Williams in Ash vs. Evil Dead, the character being reborn as a Deadite after a Kandarian demon possesses a photo of her.

Personal life[edit]

Sandweiss has performed in musical theatre as a dancer and pop singer, and in a one-woman show of Jewish music.[2] Her daughter is actress Jessy Hodges.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Within the Woods Ellen Short film
1978 Shemp Eats the Moon The Snake Short film
1981 The Evil Dead Cheryl Williams Main role
2006 Satan's Playground Paula
2007 My Name is Bruce Cheryl
2007 Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Natalie Vasquez
2007 The Dread Diane
2009 Dangerous Women Cheryl 6 episodes
2009 Dark Fields Mandy
2010 The Other Way Guest #1 Short
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful Quadling Woman Cameo
2013 Evil Dead Cheryl Williams Voice cameo
2016 Ash vs Evil Dead Cheryl Williams 2 episodes
2019 Sundowners Dana Short

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2022 Evil Dead: The Game Cheryl Williams


  1. ^ Graham, Adam (2021-10-05). "Life after Dead: Rooted in Michigan, cult hit 'The Evil Dead' turns 40". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2023-01-09.
  2. ^ "Ladies of The Evil Dead - Ellen". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2007-10-16.

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