Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; 31 January 1973) also known professionally as Portia de Rossi (/ˈpɔərʃə də ˈrɒsi/), is an Australian–American actress, model, and philanthropist. She currently appears as a regular cast member on the American political thriller television series Scandal in the role of Elizabeth North, the Vice President's Chief of Staff. She is also known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the American television series Ally McBeal—for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1999—and as Lindsay Fünke on the American television sitcom Arrested Development. She also portrayed Veronica Palmer on the ABC television sitcom Better Off Ted, and as Olivia Lord on the television drama Nip/Tuck. De Rossi is married to comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres.