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Janelle James Biography

Hailing from the Virgin Islands, Janelle James is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She has gained major prominence for her role as Ava Coleman in the TV series Abbott Elementary.  This role earned her two awards; a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an NAACP Image Award.  She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards.

Janelle James Age

Janelle was born on September 23, 1979, in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, United States. The actress is 44 years old as of 2023.

Janelle James Height

Janelle is a woman of average height. Her height is estimated at 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters). Additionally, her weight is estimated to be 54 kg.

Janelle James Family

The actress hails from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where she grew up till the age of 16 when she moved to the United States mainland. Due to her discreet nature, there’s no relevant information about her parents. Janelle is of African-American ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Janelle James Husband

As for her marital status, Janelle appears to be a single woman. James was previously married to her ex-husband a teacher. The ex-couple had two sons and lived in Champaign, Illinois. Their marriage did not last long and they eventually got a divorce. James currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her two sons. One of her sons is about 20 years old.

Janelle James Abbott Elementary

Janelle gained major prominence for her role as Ava Coleman in the TV series Abbott Elementary. The show premiered on December 7, 2021. It also stars Chris Perfetti, William Stanford Davis, Sheryl Lee Ralph Tyler James Williams, and Lisa Ann Walter. Janelle came into the entertainment industry in 2009, when she attended an open mic in Champaign, Illinois.

In 2016, she was recognized for her work by the Brooklyn magazine and Just For Laughs. The following year in 2017, she was an opening act for Chris Rock’s 2017 Total Blackout tour. Additionally, she released her debut comedy album, Black and Mild in 2017. In 2018, Janelle appeared in Netflix’s comedy series The Comedy Lineup.

She has previously worked as a staff writer for The Rundown with Robin Thede and the comedy Black Monday. She has been featured in various TV shows like; Crashing, Corporate, and Central Park. In 2021, Janelle was featured on the Netflix show The Standups. In 2022, Janelle was the host of the ABC game show The Final Straw. Additionally, she hosted the 2023 Writers Guild of America Awards.

Janelle James Movies And TV Shows

  • The Rundown with Robin Thede
  • The Standups
  • Life & Beth
  • Tuca & Bertie
  • Tom of Your Life
  • Crashing
  • The Comedy Line-Up
  • Black Monday
  • Corporate
  • Central Park
  • Abbott Elementary

Janelle James Net Worth

According to various online sources, Janelle has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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