Ephraim Ellis

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Ephraim Ellis
Ephraim Todd Ellis

(1985-02-23) February 23, 1985 (age 34)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Ephraim Todd Ellis (born February 23, 1985) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Rick Murray on Degrassi: The Next Generation and Danny Ellis on Falcon Beach.

Early life

Ephraim Ellis was born in Toronto, Ontario on February 23, 1985. His mother is an artist and jeweler, while his father is a visual artist and former stage manager for the Second City in Toronto.[1]

Ephraim began acting while studying at Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario as part of the Claude Watson School of the Arts program. Ephraim attended Earl Haig at the same time as fellow Degrassi co-stars Jake Epstein and John Bregar.[2]


Ephraim Ellis' first television role was an eight episode arc during seasons three and four of Degrassi: The Next Generation. He played Rick Murray, the character who famously shot and paralyzed Jimmy Brooks, the character played by Aubrey 'Drake' Graham.

After appearing on Degrassi, Ephraim appeared on such varied television shows such as Naturally Sadie, Wild Card, and Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye before landing the series lead role of Danny Ellis in the Global Television / ABC Family drama series Falcon Beach. Falcon Beach ran for two seasons until 2006, when it was cancelled as a result of ABC Family's decision to decline bringing the series back for a third season.[3]

Concurrently with Falcon Beach, Ephraim also appeared as Riley Kineston in seasons two and three of the YTV sci-fi series Zixx, as Dylan in seasons four and five of the APTN series renegadepress.com, and in the Canadian Film Centre's short feature White Out, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

Soon afterwards, Ephraim played the role of Eli Keller on the YTV sitcom Family Biz which filmed in Ottawa during the summer of 2008.[5]

In 2009, Ephraim appeared in the Canadian Film Center horror/comedy web-series Seth On Survival as the title character, supernatural survivologist Seth Greening.[6] In 2011, the series spawned a spin-off web-series, Your Lupine Life, where Ephraim reprised the role of Seth, as well as writing the episode in which he appeared.[7] As a tie-in to the two web-series, Ephraim also wrote and published a book, Archie Hartigan & The Frost Wolf, a young adult fiction novel set in the same universe as Seth On Survival and Your Lupine Life.[8]

Ephraim appeared in several episodes of season four of Murdoch Mysteries, as Toronto Gazette reporter Paddy Glynn.

From 2011 to 2016, Ephraim was a member of the Toronto sketch comedy troupe The Rocket Scientists alongside Brandon Hackett, Kevin MacNeil, and Chris Small.[9]

Ephraim appeared alongside Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf in the 2014 horror/musical/comedy film Stage Fright.[10] Later that year, Ephraim took on the role of Hedwig in the Lower Ossington Theatre's production of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, in a performance Toronto's Now Magazine said "achieves emotional depth, telling stories of love and betrayal, revealing a poignant loneliness beneath the makeup, sparkly costumes and iconic blond wig," and that "Ellis has the manic energy and singing chops to deliver in this difficult role."[11] Ephraim later returned to the Lower Ossington for Legally Blonde and two productions of Jesus Christ Superstar.[12]

Ephraim continued to make forays into the world of Ontario theatre in productions of Perfect Wedding at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover, Barefoot In The Park at Upper Canada Playhouse, and The Money Tree for Toronto's Roseneath Theatre for Young Audiences.[13]

In 2018, Ephraim reunited with his Degrassi co-stars to appear in the music video for Drake's single I'm Upset, reprising his role as Rick Murray.[14]

Personal life

Ephraim lives in Toronto, Ontario with his partner, a stage manager, and their cat.



Year Title Role Notes
2018 I'm Upset Rick Murray / Self Music Video
2016 Deadly Inferno Victor TV Movie
2014 Stage Fright Sam Brownstein Feature Film
2012 Roomies Brandon Short Film
2007 The Gathering Miles Woollacott TV Miniseries (2 episodes)
2006 Booky Makes Her Mark Georgie TV Movie
2005 I Do, They Don't Jeff Barber TV Movie
2004 White Out Wade Short Film
2004 Sex Traffic Billy Harlsburgh TV Miniseries (2 episodes)
2003 Haunted Teen Short Film
2003 Headhunter Teen Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Man Seeking Woman Tim 1 episode
2012 XIII: The Series Frederick Barnowsky 2 episodes
2011 Murdoch Mysteries Paddy Glynn 4 episodes
2010 Warehouse 13 Terry 1 episode
2009 Seth On Survival Seth Greening 5 episodes (web-series)
2009 Family Biz Eli Keller 26 episodes
2009 Zixx: Level Three Riley Kineston 13 episodes
2008 The Curse Of Degrassi Rick Murray (voice) 1 episode
2007 Renegadepress.com Dylan 7 episodes
2005-2007 Falcon Beach Danny Ellis 27 episodes
2005 Zixx: Level Two Riley Kineston 13 episodes
2005 Naturally, Sadie Vince 4 episodes
2005 Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye Nelson Carlyle 1 episode
2004 WIld Card Gerald Wilkins 1 episode
2003-2004 Degrassi: The Next Generation Rick Murray 8 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Don't Quit Your Day Job Self Cabaret Show
2017 The Money Tree Simon Roseneath Theatre U.S. Tour
2017 Barefoot In The Park Paul Bratter Upper Canada Playhouse
2016 Perfect Wedding Tom Lighthouse Festival Theatre
2016 Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus Lower Ossington Theatre
2015 Legally Blonde Emmett Forrest Lower Ossington Theatre
2015 Jesus Christ Superstar Pontius Pilate Lower Ossington Theatre
2014 Hedwig & The Angry Inch Hedwig Lower Ossington Theatre
2011 Zugzwang Sidney Summerworks Festival
2009 Rumors Leonard Ganz Abrams Studio Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Trust, Inc. Serge Swift CBC Radio Drama
2011 Afghanada Maj. Torbin CBC Radio Drama


  1. ^ staff, W. Gibb-Leader (2017-06-15). "From Degrassi to Morrisburg". Morrisburg Leader. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  2. ^ "20 Questions With Degrassi's Ephraim Ellis". PopGurls. 2004-12-05. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  3. ^ "Falcon Beach: No Season Three for ABC Family". canceled TV shows - TV Series Finale. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  4. ^ "White Out". cfccreates.com. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  5. ^ July 7, Playback Staff; 2008. "Stratus, Seaton on Family Biz". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  6. ^ "Friends". Seth On Survival. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  7. ^ "Credits". Your Lupine Life. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  8. ^ "Friends". Seth On Survival. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  9. ^ "Date a Sketch Troupe: The Rocket Scientists". The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  10. ^ "Stage Fright comes up flat as a horror-musical spoof". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  11. ^ Fein-Goldbach, Debbie (2014-09-18). "Hedwig And The Angry Inch". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  12. ^ Dugalin, Istvan (2015-12-06). "Review: Jesus Christ Superstar (Lower Ossington Theatre)". Mooney on Theatre. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  13. ^ staff, W. Gibb-Leader (2017-06-15). "From Degrassi to Morrisburg". Morrisburg Leader. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  14. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (2018-06-14). "Watch Drake Return to 'Degrassi' in 'I'm Upset' Video". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-16.

External links

  • Ephraim Ellis on IMDb
  • Ephraim Ellis on TTDb
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