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FactA member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Ellia English is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Dee Thomas on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–1990), and as Laverne Hooks on the ABC sitcom Living Single (1993–1998).

Early Life

English was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 28, 1962, the daughter of Ella Mae (née Wade), a homemaker, and Joseph English, a truck driver. She has two older sisters, Beverly and Gail. English was raised in the Chicago suburb of Dolton, Illinois. She attended Thornridge High School in Dolton, where she was a cheerleader.


After high school, English moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She made her television debut in an episode of the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1984). The following year, she began her most famous role, as Dee Thomas on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–1990). English also had guest roles on several television shows, including The Cosby Show (1985), A Different World (1987), and L.A. Law (1988).

In 1993, English began starring as Laverne Hooks on the ABC sitcom Living Single (1993–1998). The show was a ratings success, and English became a popular television actress. After Living Single ended in 1998, English had guest roles on several television shows, including The Steve Harvey Show (1999), Girlfriends (2000), and Eve (2003).

In recent years, English has mostly retired from acting. She made her last television appearance in an episode of the BET comedy series Let’s Stay Together in 2013.

Personal Life

English has been married three times. Her first husband was actor Darryl M. Bell, whom she married in 1985. The couple divorced in 1988. Her second husband was actor Lamont Johnson, whom she married in 1990. The couple divorced in 1992. Her third husband is businessman Keith Douglas, whom she married in 1998. The couple has two children together.

English has struggled with obesity throughout her life. In 2016, she underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost over 100 pounds.

Physical Characteristics

English is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

General Info

ProfessionActor, Singer, Pianist, Dancer
EducationClark Atlanta University, Georgia State University


ParentsElla Mae English, Rev. Calvin English


MoviesUnderdog Kids, Petals on the Wind, Cornered!, Love in the Nick of Tyme, Dance Flick, Semi-Pro, Good Luck Chuck, Matchups, Sidewalk Stories, Comics Open
TV ShowsWoke Up Dead, The Jamie Foxx Show

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1Won the LA Drama Critics Circle "Best Featured Performance" Award 1996.
2A member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.




The Gospel Truth2017filmingSonia
Code Black2015-2016TV SeriesIsabel Mendez
Underdog Kids2015Big Mama
The Millers2014TV SeriesMetta's Mom
Petals on the Wind2014TV MovieHenny
Good Luck Charlie2010-2014TV SeriesMary Lou Wentz
When a Woman's Fed Up2013Moma Jean
Comics Open2012Mayor
Wilfred2011TV SeriesRuby
Eagleheart2011TV SeriesLulu
Hip-Hop Headstrong2010ShortAddie Mae
Love in the Nick of Tyme2009VideoMs. Dee Dee
Woke Up Dead2009TV SeriesDiana Phillips
Curb Your Enthusiasm2007-2009TV SeriesAuntie Rae
Weeds2009TV SeriesNurse
Valentine2009TV SeriesChay-Ron
My Sister's Keeper2009Nurse Alice
Dance Flick2009Lady on Train
Kath & Kim2008TV SeriesWedding Expo Lady
The Hustle2008Mama
Semi-Pro2008Ms. Quincy
Good Luck Chuck2007Reba
Woman Thou Art Loosed2004Prison Official
Matchups2003VideoLynn Williams
The Jamie Foxx Show1996-2001TV SeriesAunt Helen King
Martin1994-1996TV SeriesMrs. Booker
The Barefoot Executive1995TV MovieGwen
Get Smart1995TV SeriesAgent 0
The 5 Mrs. Buchanans1994TV SeriesSocial Worker
Love & War1994TV SeriesRegina
The Innocent1994TV MovieRev. Poppy
The Sinbad Show1994TV SeriesReceptionist
Thea1994TV SeriesRose
Based on an Untrue Story1993TV MovieSister Love
Empty Nest1993TV SeriesJennifer
Rain Without Thunder1992Judith Rothstein (uncredited)
Great Performances1989TV SeriesQueenie
Sidewalk Stories1989Bag Lady
Wildcats1986Marva (uncredited)
Fame1982TV SeriesSheila


Straight from the Horses Mouth2009VideoHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2009Best ActressNew York City Horror Film FestivalNew York City Horror Film Festival awardCornered! (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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