James Tate Ellington (born 1979)[4] is an American actor. He portrayed Aidan Hall, the best friend of Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) in the 2010 romantic drama film Remember Me. Ellington starred as Oliver Hunt in The Elephant King (2006), and has appeared in television shows such as The Unusuals, Rescue Me, The Good Wife, and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. He appeared in the 2009 Broadway production of The Philanthropist, which starred Matthew Broderick. He is best known for his role as FBI agent Simon Asher on the ABC thriller Quantico.[6]

Early life

Ellington is from Madison, Mississippi, the son of Deborah (Cochran) and James R. Ellington, who own a residential construction company.[4] He received his high school education at the private Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison, where he graduated in 1997.[6] While at MRA, he was a starting center for the school's football team for three seasons.[6]

Upon graduation from MRA, Ellington enrolled as a double major in art and theater at the University of Mississippi (also known as "Ole Miss"), after turning down a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. He graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor's degree in theatre performance[6] and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.


Ellington won Best Actor for his role in The Elephant King at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival.[7]

Personal life

On May 20, 2012, Ellington married casting director Chrissy Fiorilli at the Dixie Gin in Shreveport, Louisiana.[4]


Film roles
2004ArianaKarlShort film
2004Lower East SideN/AShort film
2005You Are AloneMike
2006The Elephant KingOliver Hunt
2008RedGun shop clerk
2009Taking ChancesA.V. Scott
2009Breaking UpwardsBrian
2009Invention of Lying, TheThe Invention of LyingWaiter #2
2009Red HookGavin
2010Remember MeAidan Hall
2011Silver TonguesAlex
2012Kitchen, TheThe KitchenKenny
2015Straight Outta ComptonBryan Turner
2015Sinister 2Dr. Stomberg
Television roles
2009Unusuals, TheThe UnusualsMark StanwoodEpisode: "One Man Band"
2009Rescue MeSaulEpisode: "Jump"
2010Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeTim WillensEpisode: "Infamy"
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23Steven2 episodes
2012Glades, TheThe GladesRichard ObermanEpisode: "Close Encounters"
2013PsychPatrick HessEpisode: "Juliet Wears the Pantsuit"
2014NCIS: Los AngelesIra WellsEpisode: "Zero Days"
2014Bad TeacherJerryEpisode: "The Bottle"
2014Walking Dead, TheThe Walking DeadAlex2 episodes
2014CastleHenry WrightEpisode: "Clear & Present Danger"
2014ParenthoodGriffinEpisode: "The Scale of Affection Is Fluid"
2015Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy ProjectRob Gurglar4 episodes
2015The Big Bang TheoryMitchellEpisode: "The Skywalker Incursion"
2015–2016QuanticoSimon AsherMain role
2016ShamelessChadRecurring role
Web roles
2012Wolfpack of ResedaBen March6 episodes
2014Britishes, TheThe BritishesMax2 episodes


2009The PhilanthropistJohnAmerican Airlines Theatre
April 26 – June 28, 2009