Dr. Miranda Bailey
For her critically-acclaimed role of Dr. Miranda Bailey on "Grey's Anatomy," Chandra Wilson earned an Actor® (Screen Actors Guild Award) for Best Actress in a Drama Series, an Actor® for Best Drama Series Ensemble, a Peoples' Choice Award and three NAACP Image Awards. She is also a five-time Emmy nominee and a BET Award nominee.
This Houston, Texas native began performing in musicals at the age of five with Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), where she appeared in more than ten of their major musical productions. At Houston's Ensemble Theatre she portrayed Li'l Bits in "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" and, in the summer of 2005, received their Rising Star honor for her accomplishments. She graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later went on to acquire her BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There she spent four years training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Wilson's greatest New York stage accomplishment thus far is her portrayal of Bonna Willis in the production of "The Good Times are Killing Me," by Lynda Barry, both at the Second Stage and Minetta Lane Theatres, which won her a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. In the Spring of 2004 she was selected by The New York Times as one of "8 to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes." This honor came in conjunction with the Broadway opening of "Caroline, or Change," written by Tony Kushner, composed by Jeanine Tesori and directed by George C. Wolfe, in which she portrayed Dotty Moffett opposite the formidable Tonya Pinkins at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. She was also in the Broadway productions of "Avenue Q" and "On the Town." Other stage credits include "Caroline, or Change" at the Public Theatre, "The Miracle Worker" at Charlotte Repertory Theatre, "Paper Moon: The Musical" at The Papermill Playhouse, "The Family of Mann" by Theresa Rebeck at the Second Stage Theatre, "Believing" for the Young Playwright's Festival at Playwrights Horizons and "Little Shop of Horrors" at Falmouth Playhouse. She returned to Broadway for a successful run as Mama Morton in "Chicago."
Wilson recently starred in "Accidental Friendship" for the Hallmark Channel, in which she played a homeless woman who is befriended by a Los Angeles police officer. Other television credits include series regular Claudia Hopper on ABC's "Bob Patterson," along with numerous guest appearances on "The Sopranos," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Sex and the City," "Third Watch," "100 Centre Street," "Cosby" and "The Cosby Show." In addition she has had recurring roles on "One Life to Live" and "Queens Supreme."On the big screen she's had supporting roles in the films "Lone Star," directed by John Sayles, and "Philadelphia," directed by Jonathan Demme. Next, she joins Halle Berry, Stellan SkarsgŒrd, Matt Frewer and Phylicia Rashad in the film "Frankie and Alice."
HOMETOWN Houston, TX
BIRTHDATE August 27