Janelle James

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Comedian • Writer • Actress

Birth Place: Saint Thomas Virgin Islands

Janelle James is an actress, writer, and producer who is best known for her role in "Abbott Elementary" as Ava Coleman. James was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2023 for the same project.

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Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Janelle James, and Tyler James Williams in 'Abbott Elementary' Season 3

‘Abbott Elementary’s Smoking Ban Policy Goes Up in Flames in First Look (VIDEO)

Josh Segarr, Kimia Behpoornia, Quinta Brunson, and Benjamin Norris in 'Abbott Elementary' Season 3 Premiere
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‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3 Premiere: Inside Janine’s District Job, Status With Gregory & More

Tyler James Williams and Quinta Brunson in 'Abbott Elementary' Season 3

‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3 Trailer Teases What’s Next for Gregory & Janine (VIDEO)

The cast of 'Abbott Elementary' Season 3

‘Abbott Elementary’ Stars Go Behind the Scenes of Season 3 (VIDEO)

Tyler James Williams in 'Abbott Elementary'

‘Abbott Elementary’: Gregory’s New Look Raises Eyebrows in Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

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Best Lines of the Week (February 10-16): ‘News Is Kinda Like TikTok But for People Who Can Read’

The cast of 'Abbott Elementary'

‘Abbott Elementary’ Renewed for Season 3 at ABC

Abbott Elementary Season 2 cast
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‘Abbott Elementary’: Did the Season 2 Premiere Live Up to the Hype? (POLL)

Abbott Elementary - Season 2 - Tyler James Williams and Janelle James

‘Abbott Elementary’: The Teachers Face New Challenges in Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

Abbott Elementary Quinta Brunson cast Key art season 2

‘Abbott Elementary’: School’s Back in Session for Season 2 in a First Look (PHOTOS)

Abbott Elementary - Tyler James Williams and Quinta Brunson

‘Abbott Elementary’ to Stream on HBO Max & Hulu in Co-Exclusive Deal

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26 TV Stars Who Just Got Their First Dorian Award Nominations

Abbott Elementary - Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chris Perfetti, Janelle James, Tyler James Williams

‘Abbott Elementary’ Cast Talks Changing ‘Hearts & Minds’ With the ABC Comedy

Janelle James and promo video for ABC's The Final Straw

‘Abbott Elementary’ Star Janelle James to Host ‘The Final Straw’ at ABC

The cast of Abbott Elementary - Janelle James, Tyler James Williams, Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti

‘Abbott Elementary’ (Finally) Renewed for Season 2 at ABC — Fans React

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Best Lines of the Week (February 11-17): ‘It’s … Not a Rumor’

Abbott Elementary Quinta Brunson, Chris Perfetti, Tyler James Williams

‘Abbott Elementary’ Becomes ABC’s First Comedy Debut to Quadruple Its Ratings

Quinta Brunson in Abbott Elementary, Ana Gasteyer in American Auto

Roush Review: Workplace Humor in ‘Abbott Elementary,’ ‘American Auto’