Ellis was born in Ceylon (Sri
Lanka) in 1946, arriving in Australia at age two. After spending most
of his working life in the welfare sector, he recently retired allowing more
time to follow his love of theatre and acting. While still working,
Ellis managed to find time to make several movies and television shows by
taking leave from his job as a social worker.
Ellis also does
voice-over work for training films. Having a quick ear for accents has
allowed Ellis to portray a number of different ethnic characters from
European, Asian, American, to a number of English dialects.
swimming, riding his bike, cooking and maintaining a fairly large garden at
his cottage in Daylesford.
He has been an active member
of Williamstown Little Theatre for over 40 years appearing in over 50
productions with that company as well as working with other companies in
Melbourne. He has also appeared in a number of musicals and until
recently spent seven years as a judge for the Music Theatre Guild of
Victoria. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, most
recently (2003) winning the Best Actor award at Williamstown for his role as
Wilfred Bond in “Quartet” by Ronald Harwood.