Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross stars as Joan Clayton, a single woman whose career as a lawyer often overtakes her personal life in the hit comedy series Girlfriends. The series is a Grammnet and Happy Camper Production in association with Paramount Television Production Division.
Ross' portrayal of Clayton in Girlfriends has earned her two NAACP Image Award nominations for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series," as well as a PRISM Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series." Named by the Los Angeles Times as a "Face to Watch" after her debut television experience, viewers were introduced to Ross when she served as host of "The Dish" for Lifetime Television. Ross' television credits also include "Lyricist Lounge," a sketch comedy show for MTV.
Ross' big screen debut was a leading role in the feature film "Far Harbor," costarring with Marcia Gay Harden and Jennifer Connelly. She also appeared in the Columbia Pictures comedy "Hanging Up," in which she played Meg Ryan's distracted assistant.
On stage, Ross starred in the award winning play, "The Vagina Monologues." She made her highly acclaimed debut at the Canon Theater in Los Angeles and has performed with the production in San Francisco. Most recently, she took a turn as one of the guest celebrities in the hit dramatic play, "Blackout."
Prior to acting, Ross worked as a model, and has graced the pages of top fashion and consumer magazines, including Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Mirabella, Life, US, O and In Style. She has also appeared in advertising campaigns for The Gap, Donna Karan Collection, DKNY and Paul Mitchell.
Named by Essence Magazine as an "It" woman of 2000, she is described as a "trend setter with signature style." She was also named one of America's "Leading Ladies" along with Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer on the American Elite 1000 List for 2000, which acknowledges women who are gracefully redefining the rules for success.
Ross is a graduate of Brown University and the William Esper Acting Studio. Although a New Yorker at heart, Ross presently makes her home in Los Angeles.