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Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; January 31, 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi (/ˈpɔərʃə də ˈrɒsi/), is an Australian actress, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Arrested Development.

In late 2004, de Rossi began dating Ellen DeGeneres. They were married at their Beverly Hills home on 16 August 2008.


De Rossi grew up in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong, Victoria, and modelled 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. 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, playing lawyer Nelle Porter. She remained with the show until its end in 2002.

From 2007–2008, de Rossi appeared in Nip/Tuck's fifth season as Julia McNamara's girlfriend Olivia Lord. In 2009 and 2010, de Rossi played the high-strung and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC show Better Off Ted. In 2011 she appeared in Better Off Ted cast member Malcolm Barrett's 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, de Rossi portrayed Lilly Munster in Mockingbird Lane the NBC re-imagination of classic TV Show The Munsters. In July, 2014, ABC confirmed Portia de Rossi joining season 4 of Scandal [1] as Elizabeth North; Portia left Scandal in Season Six in 2016. In 2017 Portia de Rossi starred in the Tab Hunter Documentary Tab Hunter Confidential and the Netflix Original Santa Clarita Diet (which is created by Victor Fresco, who also created Better Off Ted) and Family Guy.

In May 2018, de Rossi announced that she would be retiring from acting (to focus on her Art curation business General Pubic Art) as a result, she only filmed five episodes of Arrested Development's fifth season.

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres[]

→ See 242 pictures of Portia de Rossi at Images of Portia de Rossi.


  • Screen Actors Guild Award - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Ally McBeal (1999)
  • Golden Satellite Award - Best Performance by an Actress for Arrested Development (2005)
  • Housing Works’ Groundbreaker Awards - Design Entrepreneur Award for General Public Art (2019)

Press and Magazine Covers[]

Main article: 2013 Out Magazine Portia de Rossi Cover
Main article: 2013 LA Confidential Portia de Rossi Cover


→ Watch more videos of Portia de Rossi at Videos of Portia de Rossi

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