Kimberly Elise Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 17 Jun, 2018
Facts of Kimberly Elise
Date of Birth: 1967 , April-17
Age: 54 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Kimberly Elise Trammel
Birth Name Kimberly Elise Trammel
Father Marvin Trammel
Mother Erma Jean
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ethnicity African-American
Profession Actress
Net Worth $2 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Famous for Beloved
Affair with Kevin Anthony Johnson
Boyfriend Kevin Anthony Johnson
Children Ajableu Arial Oldham and Butterfly Rose Oldham
Divorce Maurice Oldham
Education University of Minnesota and The American Film Institute
Awards Black Reel Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and African-American Film Critics Association
Siblings 3
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NAACP awards winning American actress, Kimberly Elise is popularly known for her role in the movie, Beloved. Elise made her acting debut in 1995 from the TV series, Newton’s Apple. A year later, she made her big-screen debut, with the movie Set It Off. Since then she has acted in numbers of TV series/movies and has been nominated for various prestigious awards.

Elise is dating Kevin Anthony Johnson. Previously, she was married to  Maurice Oldham with whom she shares two daughters.

Early Life And Education

Kimberly Elise, Aries, was born Kimberly Elise Trammel on 17th April 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Elise is American as per nationality, and as far as her ethnicity is concerned, she is African-American.

CAPTION: Kimberly in her early age. SOURCE: Pinterest

Her parents, Erma Jean (elementary school teacher) and Marvin Trammel (owns an executive search firm) raised her along with three siblings.

Kimberly Elise earned a BA degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and later attended The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow.


Kimberly Elise made her Hollywood debut in 1995 from an educational TV program, Newton’s Apple following another TV series, In the House. The following year, Elise worked in her debut movie, Set It Off directed by F. Gary Gray.

In 1998, Elise acted in horror-drama film, Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Beah Richards. Both critics and audiences appreciated her performance in the movie.

CAPTION: Kimberly in the movie, Beloved. SOURCE:

Kimberly Elise then appeared in several films, The Loretta Claiborne Story, Bait, John Q, Woman Thou Art Loosed, The Manchurian Candidate, Pride, For Colored Girls, Hannah’s Law, Confirmation, and Almost Christmas among others. However, she is popular for her roles in For Colored Girls, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and Bojangles.

Along with movies, Elise also worked in numbers of TV series, The Sentinel, The Twilight Zone, Soul Food, Close to Home, Private Practice, Masters of Science Fiction, and Grey’s Anatomy among others. She is popular for her role in Close to Home starring Jennifer Finnigan.

Similarly, Kimberly Elise portrayed the character of Detective Lenore Jackson in 2018’s vigilante action film, Death Wish. She shared the screen with Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue and Dean Norris among others. As of 2018, she is also working in VH1’s sports drama TV series, Hit the Floor.

In 2019, Elise will be portraying the character of Lorraine Deavers in the movie, Ad Astra starring Brad Pit, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas among others.

Awards And Nominations

Kimberly Elise has been nominated and won various prestigious awards, and some of them are listed below:

  • 1997 = Black Reel Awards for The Ditchdigger's Daughters.
  • 1999 = Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Beloved.
  • 1999 = Golden Satellite Awards for Beloved.
  • 2002 = Black Reel Awards for Bojangles.
  • 2005 = Black Reel Awards for Woman Thou Art Loosed.
  • 2006 = Black Reel Awards for Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
  • 2006 = NAACP Image Awards for Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
  • 2007 = NAACP Image Awards for Close to Home.
  • 2010 = NAACP Image Awards for Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.
  • 2010 = African-American Film Critics Association For Colored Girls.
  • 2011 = NAACP Image Awards for Colored Girls.
  • 2011 = Black Reel Awards For Colored Girls.
CAPTION: Kimberly receiving awards. SOURCE:

Some of her nominated awards include Acapulco Black Film Festival awards, Black Reel Awards, and NAACP Image Awards among others.

Net Worth

Kimberly Elise has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Elisa has been a part of several hit movies that made a good collection at the box office and helped her accumulate impressive networth. 

Here is the list of her hit movies:

Movies Budget Box Office Collection IMDB rating Awards and Nominations Cast Members
Set It Off (1996) $9 million $41 million 6.8
  • Won Acapulco Black Film Festival Awards.
  • Nominated for NAACP Image Awards and Independent Spirit Awards.
Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, Vivica A. Fox and Blair Underwood among others.
John Q (2002)  $36 million $102.69 million 7.1   Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche and James Woods among others.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) $80 million $96.1 million 6.6
  • Nominated for Saturn Awards, BAFTA Awards, Black Reel Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Live Schreiber, Jon Voight and Jeffrey Wright among others.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) $5.5 million $50.7 million 5.7   Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Steve Harris, Cicely Tyson and Tamara Taylor among others.
For Colored Girls (2010) $21 million $38 million 6.0
  • Won African-American Film Critics Association Awards, Black Reel Awards, and NAACP Image Awards.
  • Nominated for African-American Film Critics Association Awards, Heartland Truly Moving Picture Awards, NAACP Awards, and Black Reel Awards.
Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, and Whoopi Goldberg among others.
Dope (2015) $7 million $18 million 7.2   A$AP Rocky, Zoe Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore and Chanel Iman among others.
Almost Christmas (2016) $17 million $42.6 million 6.0
  • Nominated for Image Awards.
Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Danny Glover, Omar Epps and David E. Talbert among others.

Elise sold her Hollywood Hills home for $1.595 million which she bought for $1.4 million in 2006.
Elise has also launched various beauty organic beauty products under her name which makes a good income. 

She is also raising a German Shepard costs between $1200-$1500.

Personal Life

Kimberly Elise is in a relationship with Kevin Anthony Johnson (entrepreneur, and an artist). They started dating a few years ago and posts several cozy pictures together. In February 2018, Elise posts a picture of them on Instagram with a caption,

''Happy Valentine’s Day to my sweetie, my bestie, and my great love.''

CAPTION: Kimberly with her boyfriend. SOURCE: Instagram

Previously, Elise was married to her late husband, Maurice Oldham in 1989. The couple shares two daughters together. Their first daughter, Ajableu Arial Oldham was born on 16th March 1990 whereas, their second daughter, Butterfly Rose Oldham was born on 19th October 1998.

In 2005, the couple divorced citing irreconcilable differences. Two years later, her former husband died from a massive blood clot.

Kimberly Elise was also rumored to be dating Shemar Moore, an actor but the duo never confirmed their relationship. 

Besides, acting Elise is also busy with her charity works. She has worked with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), animal rights organization to promote the lifestyle.

Here is the video of Elise talking about being a Vegan and her love for animals.