About Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross can currently be seen starring in Season 5 of ABC’s Emmy, SAG, NAACP, Critics Choice, Golden Globe-nominated and Peabody-winning comedy series Black-ish. For her role as Rainbow Johnson in the series, as a comedic leading actress, Ross has received numerous individual accolades including winning the Golden Globe Award in 2017 and the NAACP Image Award three years in a row in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She also garnered Primetime Emmy nominations in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Critics Choice 2016 and 2017. She also garnered Primetime Emmy nominations in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and Critics Choice Award nominations in 2016 and 2017. Ross was honored by Women in Film in 2017 with the “Lucy Award for Excellence in Television” and at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon with the “Fierce and Fearless” award.
Ross has taken on a number of hosting duties, including the American Music Awards in both 2017 and 2018, the BET Awards in 2015 and 2016, and the recurring host of Black Girls Rock from 2013 until 2016. In December 2017, Ross guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! where she launched The Handsy Man, a comedic “children’s book” for men about treating human beings with respect.
In December 2017, she launched “Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney,” an original limited-edition capsule collection for the department store that includes women’s apparel, accessories, and home decor items. Several pieces sold out within the first few days and #TER4JCP brought a 5% increase of new customers, making it one of JCPenney’s most successful capsule launches.
Previously on television, Ross starred on the hit sitcom Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons and earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations, with wins in 2007 and 2009. Ross also earned the NAACP Image Award for her work in Reed Between the Lines, which she also produced. Additional television credits include the short film series Portlandia, Grown-ish, Broad City, Five, Private Practice, CSI, and LIFE Support. Her feature film credits include Hanging Up with Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden, and Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls. Her theatre credits include turns in Love, Loss, and What I Wore on stage in New York and Los Angeles.
Ross was awarded an honorary degree as Doctor of Fine Arts by her Alma mater, Brown University in 2015.
Ross currently resides in Los Angeles.