Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
Now in her 9th Season on "Grey's Anatomy," Chandra Wilson has received the Screen Actors Guild Award, People's Choice Award, four NAACP Image Awards and four Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Dr. Miranda Bailey. She has also received an NAACP Image Award in Directing for "Grey's Anatomy," on which she has been a recurring director since Season 6. She has graced the cover of Heart and Soul magazine and been featured in Ebony, Parade, Venice, Working Mother, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and Essence magazines. And The New York Times selected her as one of "8 to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes."
Starting at age five, this Houston, Texas native performed for ten year in major musicals with Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). At Houston's Ensemble Theatre, she portrayed Li'l Bits in "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," and was later honored with their Rising Star Award for her professional accomplishments. She graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later went on to get 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 gave a Prism Award-winning and Emmy-nominated performance in Hallmark Channel's "Accidental Friendship." Other television credits include ABC's "Bob Patterson," as series regular Claudia Hopper, guest-starring on "The Sopranos," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "Sex and the City," "Third Watch," "100 Centre Street," "Cosby," "Law & Order" and "The Cosby Show." She recurred on "One Life to Live" and "Queens Supreme," and was a lead in the CBS "Schoolbreak Special Sexual Considerations." National television commercials include Blockbuster Video, Burger King, Scope and the United Negro College Fund, as well as numerous radio commercials.
On the big screen she appears as supporting characters in "Frankie and Alice," starring Halle Berry and directed by Geoffrey Sax, "Lone Star," directed by John Sayles, and "Philadelphia," directed by Jonathan Demme.
Broadway credits include Matron Mama Morton in "Chicago: the Musical," Gary Coleman in "Avenue Q," Dotty Moffett in "Caroline, or Change" and Flossie's Friend in "On the Town," the latter two directed by George C. Wolfe. Wilson portrayed Bonna Willis in "The Good Times are Killing Me," by Lynda Barry, at the Second Stage and Minetta Lane Theatres, which won her a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. She was in "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, "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Falmouth Playhouse and the Shakespeare in the Park revival of "On the Town."
Wilson serves as national spokesperson for Downy Touch of Comfort program (www.facebook.com/downy) and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (www.CVSAonline.org), and is Ambassador for CureMito, whose mission is to increase awareness and understanding of mitochondrial disease and its related functional disorders (www.curemito.org). She manages the Sermoonjoy Scholarship, which provides college scholarships to Theatre Department graduates from her high school, and the Sermoonjoy Fellowship, which provides annual fellowships to mid-career actors. More philanthropic information can be found at www.sermoonjoy.org.
HOMETOWN Houston, TX
BIRTHDATE August 27
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