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Biographical Information
Date of Birth: January 31, 1973
Birth Place: Geelong, Victoria Australia
Full Name: Portia Lee James DeGeneres
Aliases: Portia DeGeneres
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Green
  • Ellen DeGeneres
Appearance Information
Portrays: Elizabeth North
First appearance: "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia"

Portia de Rossi - born Amanda Lee Rogers on January 31, 1973 in Horsham, Victoria, Australia - is an Australian actress and model who portrays Lizzie North on ABC's Scandal. She is best known for her role on Ally McBeal as Nelle Porter and as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Arrested Development. She is married to comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Personal Life

Portia grew up in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong, Victoria, and modeled for print and TV commercials as a child. In 1988, at the age of 15, Rogers adopted the name Portia de Rossi, by which she remains best known; in 2005, she explained that she had intended to reinvent herself, using the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and an Italian last name.[1]

She married Ellen, her long-time girlfriend in 2008. Prior to that she was married to a man, an American Sound Engineer, named Mel Metcalfe. They were married in 1996 and divorced in 1999.

Portia has admitted, in an interview she gave to the London Daily Mail, to having struggled with anorexia throughout her teens and young adulthood, from which she credits the love of Ellen DeGeneres for having saved her.[2]

Career Background

Her first significant role was playing a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens. She attracted international attention when she joined the main cast of Ally McBeal in 1998, she remained with the show until its end in 2002.

From 2007–2008, she appeared in Nip/Tuck's fifth season as Julia McNamara's girlfriend Olivia Lord. In 2009 through 2010, Portia played the high-strung and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC show Better Off Ted. In 2011 she appeared with Better Off Ted's cast member Malcolm Barrett, in his music video for "Revenge of the Nerds", spoofing her character Veronica in a cameo (alongside other cast members of the cancelled series).

In October 2012, Portia portrayed Lilly Munster in Mockingbird Lane the NBC reimagination of classic TV Show The Munsters. In July, 2014, ABC confirmed Portia de Rossi would be joining season 4 of Scandal in a recurring role.[3]


Portia de Rossi

→ See and enjoy 262 pictures of Portia de Rossi at Images of Portia de Rossi.

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

Porita’s - Behind the Scenes Photos


TV Shows and Movies


'Scandal' Style with Costume Designer Lyn Paolo and Portia de Rossi ­- Variety Artisans04:22

'Scandal' Style with Costume Designer Lyn Paolo and Portia de Rossi ­- Variety Artisans


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