Elise Neal
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Neal in 2019
Elise Demetria Neal

(1966-03-14) March 14, 1966 (age 56)
Years active1991–present

Elise Demetria Neal (born March 14, 1966)[1][2] is an American actress. Her big break came with three 1997 films, appearing in Rosewood, Money Talks and Scream 2.

From 1998 to 2002, Neal starred as Yvonne Hughley in the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys. Other film appearances include Mission to Mars (2000), Hustle & Flow (2005) and Logan (2017). On television, Neal also starred as Tia Jewel in the first two seasons of the UPN/The CW sitcom All of Us from 2003 to 2005. She is a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee.

Early life

Neal was born on March 14, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of a nurse and a construction worker.[1] She attended Lakeview Elementary. She was a ballet dancer and a cheerleader. She broke her left wrist in a high toss cheerleading stunt; after the bones healed, her wrist never straightened back out completely. She graduated from Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. From 1984 to 1988, she attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.[1] Elise left college after two years and moved to New York City where she landed roles in musical theater and found herself traveling the world with various touring companies. Her experience in musical theater allowed her to easily transition into commercials, eventually bringing her to Los Angeles.


Neal was an accomplished dancer and appeared in several hip hop and R&B music videos in the early 1990s. One of her earliest jobs was as a background dancer in Chubb Rock's music video for "Just the Two of Us." Other music videos Neal has appeared in include Black Sheep's 1992 video for Strobelite Honey, Father MC's 1991 video for "Lisa Baby", Aretha Franklin's 1998 video for "A Rose Is Still a Rose", Trick Daddy's 2001 video "I'm a Thug", and Vanessa Williams' video "Work to Do". Neal was also featured in the November 2007 edition of King Magazine.

Once in Los Angeles, Neal landed the role of Janice Sinclair on the soap opera Loving. She then played fighter pilot J.J. Fredericks on the series seaQuest 2032. Her breakout role was being cast as Yvonne Hughley, the wife of D.L. Hughley in the five seasons of the television sitcom The Hughleys. While on The Hughleys, Neal was cast in the high-profile role of Hallie in Scream 2. Her character was originally written to be one of the killers of the movie, but due to a script leak her role was changed.[3] Neal also appeared as a backing dancer in the music video for Dannii Minogue's 1993 single "This Is It".

Her film debut was a starring role in Rosewood. Other film credits include: Paid in Full, Money Talks, Mission to Mars and Restaurant. Her role in the 2007 film 4 Life also marked her first soundtrack single, "I'm Down Baby". She also appeared in the series K-Ville.

Neal was nominated for a NAACP award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the film Hustle & Flow, and received two NAACP nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy for The Hughleys.

Expanding her role as producer, Neal is creating and developing several multimedia projects: a reality show based on her R&B group, "Assorted Flavors", a fitness and lifestyle brand, and several feature projects through her development deal with Mandalay Bay Entertainment.

Neal played Kathryn Munson in the 2017 superhero film Logan.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Malcolm X Hooker
1993 Tales of the City Young Woman TV Movie
1995 Let It Be Me Carlita
1997 Rosewood Beulah (Scrappie)
Def Jam's How to Be a Player Nadine
Money Talks Paula
Scream 2 Hallie
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Amy TV Movie
Restaurant Jeanine
2000 Mission to Mars Debra Graham
2001 The Rising Place Wilma Watson
Sacred Is the Flesh Gabi Paige
Brian's Song Linda Sayers TV Movie
2002 Paid in Full Aunt June
2003 Playas Ball Summer Twitty
2005 Hustle & Flow Yevette
2006 Wyclef Jean in America Josephine Jean TV Movie
2007 4 Life Jare Video
2008 Who's Deal? Passion
My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage Herself Documentary
2009 Preaching to the Pastor Monica
Jack and Janet Save the Planet Christie TV Movie
2010 Let God Be the Judge Rachel
Love Ranch Alana
Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Monique Video
Gun Rich's Mom
N-Secure Leslie
Love Me or Leave Me Josephine Wyatt TV Movie
2011 The Slap Gloria Short
Lord, All Men Can't Be Dogs Diane
Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective Herself Documentary
The Perfect Man -
Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury Florence
Breathe Kristy Burgin
2012 The Undershepherd Sister Roberts
Who's Watching the Kids Delia
2013 School of Hard Knocks Kim Video
1982 Stacy
2014 First Impression Kym Pine TV Movie
The Fright Night Files Coffee Black TV Movie
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Gladys Knight TV Movie
2016 Ladies Book Club Rona TV Movie
36 Hour Layover Rebecca
What Are the Chances? Gina
ANYWHERE, U.S.A. Kim Short
2017 Logan Kathryn Munson
Tragedy Girls Mrs. Hooper
The White Sistas Erin White
Our Dream Christmas Cookie
2018 Don't Get Caught Gina Video
We Belong Together Megan
Her Only Choice Sherry
2019 All In Gina
Nineteen Summers Porsha
I Left My Girlfriend for Regina Jones Regina Jones
2020 The Grudge TV Contestant
The Sin Choice -
The App That Stole Christmas Carly
2021 Ransum Games Denise
A State of Mind Keisha Thomas
2022 892 Juanita
Survival Tally Fruge


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Another World Dancer Episode: "#1.6923"
1992 Law & Order Charlayne Ward Episode: "Cradle to Grave"
1993 Getting By Debbie Episode: "Back to Nature"
Tales of the City Spa Instructor Episode: "#1.3"
California Dreams Miss Jackie Episode: "High Plains Dreamer"
Family Matters Heather Episode: "Car Wars"
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Lisa Episode: "Boyz in the Woodz"
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Wendy Robertson Episode: "M Is for the Many Things She Gave Me"
Loving Janey Sinclair Episode: "#1.2860"
Red Shoe Diaries Dancer Episode: "Emily's Dance"
1995 Chicago Hope Tamara Parnett Episode: "Cutting Edges"
Pointman Millie Episode: "Take the Points"
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Lisa Episode: "Here Comes the Groom"
1995-96 seaQuest DSV Lieutenant J.J. Fredericks Main Cast: Season 3
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Alicia Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
Living Single Sharon Episode: "School's Out Forever"
High Incident Arial Episode: "Bullet the Blue Sky"
The Steve Harvey Show Juanita Du'Shea Episode: "Pool Sharks Git Bit"
1998 The Wayans Bros Tanya Cooper Episode: "The Rich Girl"
Fantasy Island Catherine Episode: "Wishboned"
1998–02 The Hughleys Yvonne Williams-Hughley Main Cast
2001 E! True Hollywood Story Herself Episode: "Scream"
2002 Heroes of Black Comedy Herself TV Mini Series documentary
Hollywood Squares Herself 5 Episodes
Pyramid Celebrity Contestant TV Series
2003 A.U.S.A. Jill Davis Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Method & Red Brenda Episode: "Something About Brenda"
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Herself Episode: "Part I: 100-81"
2003–05 All of Us Tia Jewel Main Cast: Season 1-2
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Giselle Episode: "Bodies in Motion"
Black in the 80s Herself Episode: "Def Jams" & "Color TV"
2007 K-Ville Ayana Boulet Recurring Cast
2009 My Manny Jennifer Main Cast
Private Practice Janine Episode: "What You Do for Love"
2010 Life After Herself Episode: "Elise Neal"
2011 Funny or Die Presents Peaches Episode: "The Burn Unit"
The Cape Susan Voyt Recurring Cast
2011-12 A.N.T. Farm Roxanne Parks Recurring Cast: Season 1
2012 Scandal Anna Gordon Episode: "The Other Woman"
2013 Belle's Jill Cooper Main Cast
The Soul Man Jessica Episode: "Revelations"
Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself Episode: "Karma's a Mitch" & "Hart vs. Mosley"
2014-15 Hollywood Divas Herself Main Cast: Season 1-2
2017 Tales Beatriz Episode: "A Story to Tell" [4]
2019-20 25 Words or Less Contestant 6 Episodes
2020 Into the Dark Dr. Linda Johnson Episode: "Good Boy"
2021 A Black Lady Sketch Show Gigi Episode: "If I'm Paying These Chili's Prices, You Cannot Taste My Steak!"
2022 The Black Hamptons Sydney Britton Main Cast

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Movie/Serie Outcome
2006 NAACP Image Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture "Hustle & Flow" Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Black Reel Awards Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Jason Buchanan (2008). "Elise Neal – Biography". movies.msn. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "On This Day In Comedy… In 1966 Actress Elise Neal Was Born!". The Humor Mill. March 28, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Scream 2 rewritten after script leak". April 30, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Tales Episode 2 – 'I Got a Story to Tell' Cast". BET.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.