Chandra Wilson

Actress
Diminutive in stature, but possessing a powerful onscreen presence, actress Chandra Wilson worked sporadically in New York with a number of small feature parts before being cast in her breakthrough role as the ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1969 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Grey's Anatomy 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

2009 Prism Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Alice 2010 (Movie)

Maxine (Actor)

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Private Practice 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cosby 1999 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1991 - 1992, 1999 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

Reba (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sopranos 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob Patterson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Athens (Actor)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Chandra (Actor)

Sexual Considerations 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perkins Family 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Accidental Friendship (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Scandal 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fosters 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Diminutive in stature, but possessing a powerful onscreen presence, actress Chandra Wilson worked sporadically in New York with a number of small feature parts before being cast in her breakthrough role as the tough-talking Dr. Miranda Bailey on the popular ABC medical soap opera, "Grey's Anatomy" (2005- ). Prior to that series' long-running popularity, Wilson struggled to find steady footing in the acting world and even held onto a 9-5 job while appearing wherever and whenever she could. She was cast in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "Sexual Considerations" (1991), and had bit parts in "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993) and "Philadelphia" (1993), before landing a moderately larger part in John Sayles' acclaimed "Lone Star" (1996). Following her Broadway debut in "On the Town" (1998), Wilson landed her first regular series role on the short-lived sitcom "Bob Patterson" (ABC, 2001). She continued to struggle until finally scoring her big break when mid-season replacement "Grey's Anatomy" emerged in 2005 and landed in the Nielson's Top Ten right out of the gate, allowing the former unknown to become an Emmy-nominated actress who suddenly found herself a bankable star.

EDUCATION

Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York, New York

Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Houston, Texas

New York University

New York, New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Milestones

2009

Returned to the Broadway stage as Matron Mama Morton in "Chicago"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

2008

Played a Homeless woman in the Hallmark Channel original film "Accidental Friendship"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Television Movie

2005

Cast as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"; earned Emmy (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2005

Co-starred with Amy Sedaris and Allison Janney in "Strangers with Candy," the big screen adaptation of the Comedy Central series

2001

First series regular job was in the role of Claudia Hopper on ABC's "Bob Patterson"

1998

Made Broadway debut in the production of "On the Town"; directed by George C. Wolfe

1996

Had a small role in writer-director John Sayles' "Lone Star"

1993

Played bit roles in "Mad Dog and Glory" and "Philadelphia"

1991

Made stage debut playing Bonna Willis in "The Good Times are Killing Me" at the Second Stage and Minetta Lane Theatres

1991

Cast in the CBS Schoolbreak Special, "Sexual Considerations"

Began performing with Theatre Under the Stars at the age of five

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