Elise Neal is a theater, television and film entertainer known for her many roles in television series as well as the films Rosewood, Scream 2 and Logan.
Elise began her career as a dancer from an early age, first in ballet and later musical theater. After she graduated from Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Elise received a full scholarship to attend The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and then moved to New York. She quickly landed roles in musical theater and found herself traveling the world with various touring companies, including a stint on Broadway in Maurice Hines’ production of Oh, Kay!, eventually finding her way to Los Angeles.
With many television credits to her name, Elise had regular series roles in The Hughleys, SeaQuest 2032, All of Us, and Belle’s. Other TV credits include K-Ville, Scandal, and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. She made her film debut in the 1997 film Rosewood, followed by roles in How to be a Player, Scream 2, and Mission to Mars. She portrayed Gladys Knight in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, and in 2017 she played Kathryn Munson in the Marvel blockbuster film Logan. Elise has also performed in many music videos as well, including Chubb Rock’s music video for Just the Two of Us, Black Sheep’s 1992 video for Strobe Light Honey, Father MC’s 1991 video for Lisa Baby, Aretha Franklin’s 1998 video A Rose Is Still a Rose and Vanessa Williams’ video Work to Do.
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the film Hustle & Flow, Elise received an additional three NAACP nominations, two of which were for Best Actress in a Comedy for The Hughleys. As a producer, Elise has created and developed several multimedia projects, including a reality show based on her R&B group, “Assorted Flavors,” a fitness and lifestyle brand, and multiple feature projects and development deals.
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