Portia de Rossi
2015 ABC Upfronts - Portia de Rossi 2
Biographical Information
Date of Birth: January 31, 1973
Birth Place: Geelong, Victoria Australia
Full Name: Portia Lee James DeGeneres
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Green
  • Ellen DeGeneres
Appearance Information
Portrays: Elizabeth North
First appearance: "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia"
Final appearance: Trojan Horse
Appearance Count: 38

Portia de Rossi is an Australian actress and model who portrayed Elizabeth North on ABC's Scandal.


Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; January 31, 1973), also known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is an Australian and American actress, model, and philanthropist. She appeared as a regular cast member on the American political thriller television series Scandal in the role of Elizabeth North from 2014 to 2017. She is also known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the American television series Ally McBeal—for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1999—and as Lindsay Fünke on the American television sitcom Arrested Development. She also portrayed Veronica Palmer on the ABC television sitcom Better Off Ted, and Olivia Lord on the television drama Nip/Tuck. De Rossi is married to comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres.

Career Background

Portia de Rossi has had a widely varied career, captivating audiences in both television and film. In addition to starring as Elizabeth North on Scandal, De Rossi most recently starred in the return of the cult classic show, “Arrested Development,” which aired on Netflix in May 2013. She reprised her role as ‘Lindsay Bluth Funke’ in the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning comedy. De Rossi released her memoir, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, in November 2010 with Atria Books. Her book debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at No. 3 and was on the list for five weeks.

De Rossi previously starred on ABC’s comedy, “Better Off Ted” as ‘Veronica Palmer.’ She also previously starred as the enigmatic lawyer ‘Nelle Porter’ on FOX’s widely successful show, “Ally McBeal.” De Rossi also starred as a series regular in the fifth season of the popular FX original drama series “Nip/Tuck” as ‘Olivia Lord,’ a holistic medicine practitioner who has problematic relationships with both her girlfriend, Julia, and her out-of-control daughter. De Rossi received her first acting break in the feature film “Sirens,” starring opposite Hugh Grant, Sam Neil and Elle Macpherson, and went on to become an international and critical success.

De Rossi also co-starred alongside Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Allen in “Who Is Cletis Tout?,” as well as Dennis Hopper and Melanie Griffith in “The Night We Called It A Day.” Some of De Rossi’s other film credits Include “I Witness,” “Scream 2,” “Stigmata,” “Women In Film,” and “The Invisibles.” In 2002, she starred in the television movie “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr.Story,” in which she portrayed Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.


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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


  • Portia's Horse Fuzzy [1] was in the Season Four episode "The Last Supper". Elizabeth North was riding the horse when Olivia Pope & Associates were investigating her bugged phone.
  • Portia de Rossi will be returning to Season Five as a Series Regular [2]
  • Portia leaved the show because she found a great business opportunity she wanted to pursue which is not acting career but art. [3]

External Links

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