Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Who Plays Royale T On Empire? Ivan Ellis

Ivan Ellis is the actor who plays Royale-T on Empire.  The Chicago singer and actor has appeared on numerous episodes of the series, including "Die But Once", "Who I Am" and "Unto the Breach." Similar to guest star, Eric Lane aka Drop, Ivan was born and raised in Chicago.  We love seeing Chicago entertainers appear on the series.

Similar to the Lyons, Ellis grew up in a large family:  He was the third of four children.  His mother, Brenda Ellis, is a homemaker and his father, Isaac Ellis Jr. is a mechanical supervisor for the Chicago Transit Authority.  Ivan grew up on Chicago's infamous south side that we've heard so much about in the past decade.

Who Plays Royale T On Empire? Ivan Ellis
Who Plays Royale T On Empire? Ivan Ellis

Jennifer Hudson, who appeared on Empire's first season, is from Englewood, the same community Ellis is from.  Some of the city's most popular rappers are from the community, including Lil Durk, Chief Keef, Fredo Santana, King Louie, Young Chop and Lil Reese.  Luckily, Ivan was blessed with two hard working parents who kept him busy through heavy involvement in extra curricula activities.

In addition to Empire, Ivan appeared on a 2014 episode of Chicago P.D. as Vic.  He'll also appear in the upcoming TV movie, You Can't Hurry Love as Kyle.  The talented actor's hard work is paying off and we'll definitely continue to follow his career!


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