Eleanor Shellstrop

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Eleanor Shellstrop
The Good Place character
First appearance"Everything Is Fine"
Last appearance"Whenever You're Ready"
Created byMichael Schur
Portrayed byKristen Bell
(adult and teenager)
Avery Hayes
Noelle E. Parker
OccupationPharmaceutical sales representative
FamilyDonna Shellstrop
Doug Shellstrop
BornOctober 14, 1982
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

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Eleanor Shellstrop is a fictional character who appears in NBC's fantasy sitcom The Good Place. Mainly portrayed by Kristen Bell, she is the main protagonist of the series. Avery Hayes portrayed her as a teenager and Noelle E. Parker portrayed her as a child. Bell was praised for her performance.

Created by Michael Schur, Eleanor is depicted as a selfish, rude pharmaceutical sales representative, seemingly having been placed in The Good Place, a place for deceased good people, in error after being mistaken for a lawyer. In attempt to try to become a better person and keep her place, Eleanor recruits Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), a professor of ethics and moral philosophy when his was alive, to teach her to become a better person.


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Kristen Bell portrays Eleanor Shellstrop



When she was alive, Eleanor was selfish and rude.[1] She claims that she is spiteful because her parents didn't raise her well.[2] During her time in the Good Place, Eleanor desperately tries to become a better person, learning under Chidi who was a professor of ehtics and moral philosophy when he was alive.[3] She is also bisexual.[4]


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  1. "Everything Is Bonzer!". The Good Place. Season 3. Episode 1 & 2. September 27, 2018. NBC.
  2. Gruttadaro, Andrew (November 2, 2018). "Oh, Mother: The Worst Person of the Week on 'The Good Place'". The Ringer. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  3. Greenwood, Gesshin (September 28, 2018). ""The Good Place" Is a Show About Why We're Good - Lion's Roar". Lion's Roar. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  4. Jackman, Josh (October 1, 2018). "The Good Place star reveals that Eleanor is 'super bisexual'". PinkNews. Retrieved December 11, 2020.

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