Eleanor Raye "Ellie" Bishop is a former NSA analyst and a former NCIS Special Agent as well as a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
In May 2021, Bishop resigned from NCIS for good to begin working on a long-term undercover operation.
Originally from Hinton in Oklahoma, Bishop was born in 1985 and is the youngest of four children born to an unnamed father and Barbara Bishop with Bishop's three older brothers named George, John and Robert.
She presumably attended college and after graduating, joined the NSA where she met Jake Malloy with the two of them presumably marrying some time later.
During her time at the NSA, Bishop discovered the activities of terrorist Benham Parsa and began working to such an extent that she developed an obsession with him. This had her superiors worried and eventually concerned for her well-being, they took her off the case.
NCIS Season 11
Bishop made her debut appearance in the NCIS Season 11 episode, Gut Check (episode) where her boss, NSA Special Agent Chad Flynderling introduced her to NCIS Special Agents Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Anthony DiNozzo Junior.
NCIS Season 12
NCIS Season 13
NCIS Season 14
NCIS Season 15
NCIS Season 16
NCIS Season 17
NCIS Season 18
Prior to joining NCIS, Bishop worked as an analyst for the NSA (National Security Agency) although when she first began working at NSA remains unknown. She met her ex-husband, Jake Malloy there.
She later joined NCIS, first as an liaison officer to NCIS via NSA before being promoted to NCIS Probationary Agent.
Following the capture of both Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Timothy McGee in Paraguay, Bishop effectively became both the senior field agent and the special agent in charge of Gibbs's depleted Major Case Response Team.
Bishop is a Caucasian woman in her thirties with a small, skinny frame, long light blonde hair, and brown eyes.
In her first appearance in Gut Check (episode), Bishop wore a woolen jumper and slightly torn jeans with holes visible in them as well as brown boots along with a caramel-colored jacket.
Since joining NCIS as a Liaison between NCIS and NSA and eventually, as a full-time NCIS Special Agent, Bishop has continued wearing a similar style including jackets, jeans, trousers, and boots.
Whenever she is out in the field, Bishop wears the traditional NCIS windbreaker or coat while also donning the NCIS cap.
She also ties her hair up and like her predecessors (Caitlin Todd and Ziva David), places her own hair which is often tied up into a bun directly under the cap itself so that it sticks out at the end of the cap.
Like her colleagues, Bishop wears a holster containing her SIG-Sauer, and similarly to Gibbs and Tony, Bishop also wears the holster and her NCIS badge on her right hip.
Similarly to Agent Timothy McGee, former NCIS Director Jennifer Shepard, and OSP Technical Analyst Nell Jones, Bishop wears her watch on her right wrist and like Shepard and Jones, Bishop is right-handed while McGee is left-handed.
When she first joined the team, Bishop was seen wearing her wedding ring but she has stopped wearing it now that she and Jake are officially divorced.
From the NCIS Season 15 episode, Skeleton Crew (NCIS episode) onwards, Bishop started wearing a single gold necklace around her neck and a single gold bracelet of some kind around her left wrist.
In Fake It 'Til You Make It (episode), Bishop began wearing a pendant with a gold chain around her neck in addition to the gold necklace she also wore.
As an NSA analyst, Bishop was originally trained to determine possible threats and also break any possibly encrypted information.
Now an NCIS Special Agent, Bishop has undergone training, enabling her to use her NSA skills in conjunction with the skills associated with being an NCIS agent, including processing crime scenes as well as arresting and interrogating any, and all possible suspects.
She speaks six different languages, fluent Pashto being one of them, although she is not familiar with every dialect.
She has the knowledge of hand-to-hand combat, as of Head of the Snake (NCIS episode)
Like her predecessor Caitlin Todd, she is skilled at drawing and painting.
- Before joining NCIS as a full-time agent, Ellie served as an NSA liaison similar to her predecessor, Ziva David who originally served as the Mossad liaison and also Marty Deeks who still currently serves as the LAPD liaison on NCIS: Los Angeles, twelve years after his first appearance in NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1.
For a more detailed list, see Eleanor Bishop/List of Appearances.