Stephen Ellis, a Texas native, is an actor recently featured on Whatculture’s list of “10 Rising Actors Who Could Be the Next Big Thing.” His career spans the stage and screen, from New York to LA. “An expert comedian” “imbued with a surprising depth of emotion,” Ellis’ characters “walk the line between outlandish comedy and genuine drama.”
Stephen made his feature film debut in a supporting role opposite Vince Vaughn in the 2013 DreamWorks comedy, Delivery Man, directed by Ken Scott. Since then, he has guest starred and recurred on Television (DirecTV’s The Britishes, Mr. Box Office) and has appeared in multiple films, including the Coen Brothers’ highly anticipated 1950’s comedy Hail, Caesar! (starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum.)
In 2015, Stephen starred opposite John Ennis (Arrested Development, Mr. Show) in the Award-winning short film, A Reasonable Request, directed by Andrew Laurich. The film has garnered international acclaim and officially selected into Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Raindance Film Festival in London, UK, Portland Film Festival, Florida Film Festival. Stephen won Best Actor at the Noho Cinefest Festival. The film took home “Best Comedy” at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA, considered no. 5 of the “10 Most Intriguing Short Films of 2015″ -Whatculture.com, “The Best 2015 Short Films You Can Watch Online” -Vice.com, “Staff Pick” for Vimeo, “Best Short Films of 2015.” -Short of the Week “the kind of film you dream of finding…a masterful high-wire act of writing and performance.”
Other upcoming films include: Rehearsal (a British Romantic Comedy starring Bruce Greenwood, directed by Carl Bessai), As You Like It (w/Academy Award Nominee Graham Greene), and The Revival (directed by Jennifer Gerber).
On stage, Stephen has originated roles in world premieres at Lincoln Center/LCT3 in Nick Jones’ Obie-winning comedy The Coward (helmed by Tony Award-Winning director, Sam Gold), Melissa Ross’ Thinner Than Water with the critically acclaimed Labyrinth Theater Company, Dance Dance Revolution (directed by Tony Award-Nominee, Alex Timbers), and Kimber Lee’s Different Words for the Same Thing with the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2016, Stephen will perform in Bekah Brunstetter’s world premiere of Going to a Place Where You Already Are at South Coast Repertory.
Stephen studied at The National Theater Institute and graduated Cum Laude from Kenyon College, where he won the Paul Newman Award for Acting. He is represented by Haven Entertainment and Abrams Artists.