Classically trained actress Tracie Thoms appeared in several regional and off-Broadway shows, but was probably best known for her work in film and television. A veteran of such stage productions as "A...
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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|Suits||2013 2009 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Private Practice||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Cold Case||2009 2002 - 2009||Actor||Kat Miller||20097|
|Harry's Law||2011 2009 - 2011||Actor||Katherine||20117|
|Peter and Vandy||2009||Actor||Marissa||20097|
|Emily Owens, M.D.||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Wonderfalls||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Mahandra||20037|
|The Devil Wears Prada||2006||Actor||Lilly||20067|
|I Will Follow||2011||Actor||n/a||20117|
|Human Target||2010 2008 - 2010||Actor||Michelle||20107|
|Sex and Breakfast||2007||Actor||Female Tenant||20077|
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|The Shield||2008 2000 - 2008||Actor||Bonnie||20087|
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|The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Presenter||20067|
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|Delivered memorable guest role as CCH Pounder's tortured daughter on season finale of FX's "The Shield"|
|Raised in Baltimore, MD|
|Joined Broadway cast of the long-running musical "Rent," reprising her role from the film as Joanne|
|Cast as a series regular on UPN's "As If"|
|Appeared on NBC crime drama "Harry's Law," starring Kathy Bates|
|Cast in the off-Broadway "Up Against the Wind" at the New York Theatre Workshop|
|Studied acting at The Juilliard School in NYC|
|Appeared in the indie film "Brother to Brother"|
|Joined the cast of the CBS crime drama "Cold Case" as narcotics detective Kat Miller|
|Cast in Center Stage's production of "A Raisin in the Sun"|
|Played Anne Hathaway's best friend in adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel "The Devil Wears Prada"|
|Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in sci-fi action "Looper"|
|Breakthrough film role, playing lesbian lawyer Joanne in Chris Columbus' feature adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent"|
|Collaborated with "Rent" co-stars Rosario Dawson and Wilson Jermaine Heredia in thriller "Descent"|
|Earned a Helen Hayes nomination for her performance in "Hair" at Studio Theatre Second Stage|
|Made Broadway debut opposite Alfre Woodard in Regina Taylor's "Drowning Crow"|
|Starrred as Georgia Hayes in the off-Broadway play "The Exonerated"|
|Appeared as a series regular on "Wonderfalls" (Fox)|
|Featured in the Comedy Central movie "Porn 'N Chicken"|
|Again acted with Dawson in Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse" contribution "Death Proof"|
A native of Baltimore, MD, Tracie Nicole Thoms was born on Aug. 19, 1975 to Mariana and Donald Thoms. A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts - also alma mater of actors Jada Pinkett and the late rapper Tupac Shakur - Thoms received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington, D.C.'s Howard University before completing her post-graduate studies at the prestigious New York City's Juilliard School.
Thoms made her major screen debut as diva Sasha Williams on the short-lived sitcom "As If" (UPN, 2002-03), based on a popular British sitcom of the same name. Unfortunately, the Americanized version of "As If" found nowhere near the success of the U.K. version. In total, only seven episodes were made - of which, only two actually aired. As a guest star, Thoms garnered critical praise for playing the daughter of C.C.H. Pounder's character on the edgy FX police drama, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-). That same year, she also achieved a measure of cult celebrity thanks to her appearance in "Porn 'n Chicken," a made-for-TV movie aired on Comedy Central. Thom's biggest TV role, by far, however, was that of Mahandra McGinty on the under-appreciated "Wonderfalls" (Fox, 2004-05). Though the ambitious series was canceled after just 13 episodes, Thoms rebounded quickly by landing a recurring (and later, regular) role as Detective Kat Miller on the hot procedural drama, "Cold Case."
On the big screen, Thoms delivered a solid performance as lesbian lawyer Joanne Jefferson in the uneven film adaptation of "Rent." One of only two performers in the film not to have been part of the original Broadway cast - the other being Rosario Dawson - Thoms came under heavy scrutiny by dedicated fans of the play. Ironically enough, the actress had, in fact, auditioned several times for the show throughout the nineties without success. Assuming the role originally created on stage by actress Fredi Walker, the character of Joanne was modeled after Alcindoro from Puccini's "La Boheme." A man in the original, Thoms' was the only character out of the seven principals whose predecessor was the opposite gender - a change made by "Rent" playwright Jonathan Larson as a personal reference to his own ex-girlfriend leaving him for another woman.
In between her time spent solving unsolved Philadelphia-based murders on her TV series, "Cold Case," Thoms found time to appear in the hit comedy, "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006) starring Meryl Streep, and the thriller "Descent" (2006), which reunited her with her "Rent" co-star, Rosario Dawson. In 2007, Thoms drew raves for her scene-stealing turn as a macho daredevil driver in "Grindhouse" in the Quentin Tarantino directed feature, "Death Proof." Her expletive-laced rapid-fire delivery, coupled with her need for vengeance after Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) tries to kill her and her girlfriends during a high speed auto chase, showcased Thoms' comic timing as well as her bad-ass charm - something her day job as Det. Kat Miller never allowed her to exhibit to that extent. In fact, most moviegoers cited Thoms and real-life stuntwoman Zoe Bell as the "Death Proof" standouts, despite the disappointing box office take of the double feature.
|Baltimore School For the Arts|
|The Juilliard School|
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