Aunjanue Ellis is an American actress and producer. She had her career beginnings in the mid-1990s. She made her debut in an episode of the show New York Undercover. Her first starring role on TV was as Leslie Joyner in the show High Incident. During this period, she also had roles in the films Girls Town, Ed’s Next Move, Side Streets, and Desert Blue. In the 2000s, she had notable roles in the movies Men of Honor, Undercover Brother, Ray, and Freedomland, among others. She went on to star as Jocelyn Pierce in the series E-Ring, followed by playing a recurring character in Justice. In 2009, she portrayed Candy Carson in the made-for-television film Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. After this, she played Madeleine Hightower in The Mentalist. She recently played Miranda Shaw in the series Quantico. In addition, she played Yule May Davis in the movie THe Help.