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Currently: Recurring on The Sinner - Season 2

Recently: Homeland (S7) - Recurring


Ellen is currently recurring as Janet Bayne on Showtime’s “Homeland.” Previously, she appeared as Graff in multiple episodes of another Showtime hit, “Billions,” and as ADA Bridget Satire in the NBC miniseries “The Slap,” along with other recurring roles on “Veep,”  “The Family” (ABC),  and “As the World Turns.” Other television credits include two more Showtime series, “Nurse Jackie” and “Brotherhood,” NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and “The Blacklist,” the pilots “Compliance” and “Codes of Conduct” (directed by Steve McQueen) and “God in America” and three different films in the “American Masters” series for PBS.

Off-Broadway, Ellen has performed in multiple productions with the Mint Theatre Company, the acclaimed production of “Cymbeline” with Fiasco Theater and Theatre for a New Audience at the Barrow Street, “Playboy of the Western World” with the Pearl Theater Company, and as a special event performer in Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More.” 

Regionally, she has appeared in productions at the Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, St. Louis Repertory, Baltimore Centerstage, Pioneer Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Folger Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Portland Stage, Kitchen Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, American Shakespeare Center, Lyric Stage, SpeakEasy Stage, New Repertory, and the Publick Theatre of Boston. She won awards for her performances as Eliza in “Pygmalion” and Nora in “A Doll’s House,” and has been nominated as Christina in “Red Light Winter,” Thomasina in “Arcadia,”  and Rosalind/Adam in “As You Like It.”

Born in Philadelphia, she traveled extensively growing up, including living in Turkey, Ireland and England, which makes her feel most at home in her diverse neighborhood in Queens, and happy to call New York her home.


The Suitcase Under the Bed, Mint Theatre

“Ms. Adair [is] sensible yet magnetic…Ms. Adair, again fine” – Andy Webster, The New York Times

 “The evening starts strong, thanks to the spunky and endearing performance of Ellen Adair” – Michael Dale,  Broadway World

What the Public Wants, Mint Theatre

"the vibrant Ellen Adair" -The New York Post

"played with plucky confidence by Ellen Adair… Adair’s romantic comedy chemistry provides the highlight of the evening " - Broadway World

“Adair, who couldn’t be lovelier to look at, supplies all the warmth her role requires. …When at season’s end, award givers are looking around for the best ensembles, they may very well decide this is what the public wanted—and got.” – Theatermania

All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

"Ellen Adair, in her first season with the company, is splendid as the plucky Helena. A fresh-faced beauty, Ms. Adair combines girlish modesty with the passion and wiles of a determined go-getter." - Naomi Seigel, The New York Times

"the lead role of Helena…is a star turn for Ellen Adair. Adair, who is making her Shakespeare Theatre debut, is marvelous” - Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Examiner

Henry IV, Part 1, Folger Theatre

"the excellent Ellen Adair … the scenes between them sizzle" - Jayne Blanchard, The Washington Times

"a winsome, irresistible presence...one with the ability to provide passion." - David Siegel, Potomac Stages

Playboy of the Western World, Pennsylvania Shakespeare

"an alluring charmer" - Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer

" Adair is an extraordinarily gifted and exciting actor to watch as she lights up the stage with eyes that reflect her growing infatuation." - Myra Yellin, The Morning Call

“a superb cast led by the spirited Ellen Adair” – Paul Willistein, The Press, Focus Feature

Constellations, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“Adair is especially adept at changing the tone of the scene at the drop of a hat, joking one moment and crying real tears the next” - Theatre Thoughts

Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, Portland Stage

"Best of all is Ellen Adair, playing Marie Antoinette. As a teenage bride, she is by turns flighty and imperious, insecure and entitled, utterly clueless yet somehow charming… As the years go on she evolves into a wiser woman, never quite grasping the subtleties of politics but at least becoming self-aware of her flaws. She ultimately develops the strength of character to face her execution with dignity and grace." -Jan Brennan, New Maine Times

"period perfection...the performance [of Adair] should have you calling for your tickets" –Michael Tobin, BroadwayWorld

“Of the cast, Ellen Adair navigates these broad brush strokes most successfully. Her explorations of the ill-fated Marie unearth a heartbreaking sense of pride and dignity and even humility by the end of the play’s journey, as she is left waiting under house arrest to learn what will become of her.” –The Times Record



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Ellen Adair on Homeland (S7)


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