12Lafayette Reynolds – Nelsan Ellis True Blood
True Blood revolved around a young woman, Sookie Stackhouse, who is a telepathic waitress. Soon, she finds herself battling vampires, demons and falls madly in love with a vampire, Bill Compton. The show was based on a series of books, The Southern Vampire Mysteries. The series aired on HBO and
was successful for the network. Nelson Ellis played Lafayette Reynolds and received universal praise for his role. He was one of the most popular characters in the series. However, in the novel series, his character is killed off at the start of the second book. The character was so popular on the TV series, that the writers chose not to kill him off. His character remained for the entire series.