Ella Joyce

Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye; June 12, 1954)[1] is an American actress.[2] Joyce is best known for her role as Eleanor Emerson on the Fox comedy-drama sitcom Roc, which originally ran from 1991 until 1994.

Ella Joyce
Cherron Hoye

(1954-06-12) June 12, 1954 (age 67)
EducationEastern Michigan University
OccupationActress, author, acting coach, consultant
Years active1990–present
(m. 1992)

Life and careerEdit

Born Cherron Hoye in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Joyce graduated from the Performing Arts Curriculum at Cass Technical High School, and went on to attend the Dramatic Arts program at Eastern Michigan University. She has studied with several professional mentors, and worked in many regional theaters across America and overseas.

Her many theater credits include Fences (at the National Black Theater Festival), as well as Medea and the Doll, Steppin' into Tomorrow; she was the first to play the roles of Risa at the Yale world premiere production of Two Trains Running, Tonya in the world premiere production of King Hedley II, and Lily Ann Green in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, earning a Jefferson Award.

Other stage plays in which she has appeared include Bossa Nova, Last Street Play (The Mighty Gents), Checkmates, Brothers, Sisters, Husbands and Wives, Don't Get God Started!, Louis and Ophelia, Split Second, Home, Not a single Blade of Grass, Odessa, Barefoot In The Park, and Anna Lucasta.

Joyce's television credits include the pilot for NewsRadio, playing the part that eventually went to Khandi Alexander, and series regular "Eleanor Emerson" on Roc. She also played the recurring role of "Jasmine" on My Wife & Kids. She made a cameo appearance in the music video for TLC's "Waterfalls".

She has received numerous awards, nominations, and accolades for her performances in the theater, including the New York AUDELCO and the NAACP Image Nomination (for theater and television). She is also a recipient of the Spirit Of Detroit Award from the Mayor's Office in 1998.

Joyce has also had a role in the Tyler Perry film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. She played The Nurse in Don Coscarelli's 2003 film Bubba Ho-Tep,[2] and Sister Watkins in Warner Bros.' Preacher's Kid.[2] She appeared as Clifton's mother in Nina. She also had a role in the F. Gary Gray action film Set It Off.

Joyce is also a personal acting coach and consultant, and has worked with many high-profile artists, such as Toni Braxton. She has also written her first book Kink Phobia, Journey Through a Black Woman's Hair.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot McCabe
1994 Reality Bites Libby Cumba
1996 Set It Off Det. Geraldine Waller
1999 Her Married Lover Dr. Ella Solomon
1999 Frozen Hot Atty. Jean Ross
2000 Clockin' Green Sonya Brignone Video
2002 Bubba Ho-Tep Nurse Joyceline Bridges
2003 Salvation Auntie Reed Je Short
2006 Who Made the Potatoe Salad? Mrs. Jenkins
2006 Lost Signal Nancy Caulderbank
2007 City Teacher Anita Sawyer
2007 Uncle P Bertha Miller
2008 A Simple Promise Mary James
2009 Busted Ms. Lucille Watts
2010 Preacher's Kid Sister Pauletta Watkins
2010 Our Family Wedding Earlene Boyd
2011 Hopelessly in June Mrs. Rita Myers
2011 Saybrook: The Truly Girls Young Janet Tully - Mary Gloyd Warner
2012 California Solo Carol Weathers
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Ms. Sarah
2017 Sweet Dreams, Momma Denise Short
2018 Resolution Song Edith
2019 Heavenly Deposit Nurse Edna Williams Post-production
20?? Here I Am Billie Jane Post-production
20?? Miss Havisham Effect Filming
20?? Squatting Auntie Donna Dottie Mae Pre-production
20?? EGB the Real Godson of Go-Go Music the Movie Rose Butler Pre-production
20?? Wanda's Place Wanda Announced
20?? Mee and McGee Wilma Announced


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1994 Roc Eleanor Emerson Main role
1995 NewsRadio Catherine Duke Episode: "Pilot"
1995 The Client Alice Ward Episode: "Them That Has..."
1996 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Mrs. Patrice Bogzigian Episode: "Bundt Friday"
1997 Seinfeld Dean Patrice Jones Episode: "The Voice"
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Annabeth Episode: "Convent-ional Gifts"
1998 In the House Porsche Langford Episode: "My Pest Friend's Wedding"
1999 Selma, Lord, Selma Betty Webb Disney TV film
2001 Stronger Inside Doodle Alderidge TV film
2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway Juanita TV film
2003–04 My Wife and Kids Jasmine Scott Recurring role
2004 Eve Mama Netta Pearl Episode: "Dateless in Miami"
2013 Belle's Gladys Crawford Main role
2015 Being Mary Jane Sheila Episode: "Sparrow"
2015 Lucky Girl Melanie Jackson TV film
2016 Future You Henrietta Episode: "Internet Casualties"


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