Jazzy Ellis is a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, actor, activist, and healer with stunt and acting roles in over 40 films and TV shows. Jazzy is known for her feature film debut acting role as Young Gladys in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She has performed stunts in movies such as Selma, Ride Along 2, and Terminator: Genisys. She has acted and performed stunts in television series including NCIS: New Orleans, Under the Dome, The Vampire Diaries, Fox's Shots Fired, Fox's Star and The Walking Dead. She has doubled for actresses such as CCH Pounder, Sanaa Lathan, Nathalie Emmanuel, Christina Marie Moses, Charmin Lee and Kylie Bunbury.
Having faced a lifetime of adversity in her short quarter century on this earth, Jazzy is a model of resilience and mental fortitude. Her life's struggles and trauma have propelled her to living her best mindful and healthy life, to achieving lofty goals, and to teaching others how to do the same, with a focus on self-care and social justice activism. Jazzy graduated pre-med from Princeton University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in religion and a certificate in Spanish language and culture, and later received an MBA. She is a former pageant queen, professional dancer, radio show host, and educator. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a member of the TV Academy (Emmy Awards). This Jersey girl (born and raised) has lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ecuadorian Amazon--yes, you read that correctly-- and now spends her time working between Atlanta, Georgia and New York/New Jersey.
When Jazzy isn't working on a film or TV set, she focuses her time on stunt and acting training, practicing mindfulness and self-care (which as a Black American woman is still a revolutionary act), uplifting the underrepresented and underprivileged, and working towards diverse representation and equity-based inclusion practices in the film/TV industry. In 2018, you can see Jazzy Ellis making an appearance in multiple stunt roles in the Marvel Universe (Avengers: Infinity War, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning), stunt doubling on CW's The Resident, Nappily Ever After starring Sanaa Lathan, YouTube Red's Cobra Kai, BET's The Quad, and Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots.