Martial Arts Champion
Dr Winston George Ellis is an actor, producer and martial artist.
Born to Jamaican parents in Reading Berkshire, Winston is an accomplished British Actor and three- times world martial arts champion. Winston has starred alongside Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 films. Other film credits include Cass, Batman the Dark Knight
with the late Heath Ledger, Shiner alongside Michael Caine.
After his martial arts career had come to an end an opportune meeting with Phillip Ko led to Winston moving to Hong Kong. During his decade living out there Winston made appearances in a number of martial arts films working with actors such as Jackie Chan Jet Li, Jean Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore, Robert Samuels & Mark Houghton.
Winston was a guest speaker at the House of Commons during black history month where Winston spoke about some of his life experiences growing up in Britain in the 70's and 80's and his personal journey battling dyslexia and racism in the educational system and overcoming them to become not only an actor but a film producer and director.
More recently Winston has transitioned to the small screen starring in Sky Atlantics Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. Dr Who with Peter Capaldi, The Bill, Hustle, Judge John Deed, Dream Team, Doctors and finally Holby City. In addition to this Winston is in the process of producing 3 movies which will feature major international stars.
Winston is also involved in a charity called Positive Strides set up by Winstons close friend and business partner the late Mark Straker in 2012. Winston was also instrumental in the launch the Positive Strides UK initiative Project Postcode. Project Postcode uses film and media to educate 11- 19 years olds about modern day social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, gun and knife crime and and anti- social behaviour.
Winston's passion for working with under privileged children led to his involvement with a number of charities carrying out educational workshops and inspirational talks to thousands of young people across the UK.
Winston has worked with and supported Rainbow Nation an an racism charity, Mencap, Hoop Aid, Art-Football, Winstons Wish and NCS a national youth development initiative back by Teresa May and the UK government.
This year Winston has hosted a number of awards ceremonies "Include me Too" The BEFTA's. The C Hub magazine awards. Winston is also a patron of "Back to Black" the brainchild of film maker Fredi Nwaka. Winston was also a guest judge for Miss Great Britain 2014 & 2015.
Not just happy with being involved with numerous charities Winston is currently coordinating and facilitating the Shinfield Drama Project. This is a shared project with Wokingham Community Development Team. This is a cross school and university project. Graduates write a short, child friendly play on the theme of ‘friendship’ 1st. The school pupils get the chance to act and work on all aspects of creating a play. Winston Ellis is to judge the winning play.
Winston’s charm, charisma, tireless energy and desire to do good are his driving forces and many new amazing projects are in the pipeline. In 2016 Winston was given a humanitarian honorary doctorate at Birmingham University for his humanitarian work. Is the world ready for "Dr" Winston George Ellis. In 2017 we will find out.....
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