Patricia Rae

Patricia Rae toiled in obscurity for close to a decade as a film and TV actress, nabbing bit parts on shows like "Law Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), before landing her breakout role in the ... Read more »
Born: in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (24)

Cut Off 2014 (Movie)


Driven 2014 (Movie)

Mona Beads (Actor)

The Big Wedding 2013 (Movie)

Madonna (Actor)

Touch 2013 (Tv Show)


Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Ms. Estrada (Actor)

The Chicago Code 2011 (Tv Show)


The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)


Zeke & Luther 2010 (Tv Show)


Chasing the Green 2009 (Movie)

Mona Beads (Actor)

Chuck 2009 (Tv Show)


Life 2008 (Tv Show)


P.J. 2008 (Movie)

Shelly (Actor)

The Closer 2008 (Tv Show)


Heartland 2007 (Tv Show)


Midnight Clear 2006 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Maria Full of Grace 2004 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Alias 2003 (Tv Show)


Malcolm in the Middle 2003 (Tv Show)


Resurrection Blvd. 2002 (Tv Show)


Swimfan 2002 (Movie)

Jake's Nurse (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 (Tv Show)


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 (Tv Show)


Third Watch 1999 (Tv Show)


New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)



Patricia Rae toiled in obscurity for close to a decade as a film and TV actress, nabbing bit parts on shows like "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), before landing her breakout role in the 2004 drama "Maria Full of Grace. " The film earned universal praise from critics -- even earning an Oscar nod for lead actress Catalina Sandino Moreno at the 77th Academy Awards -- with Rae being lauded for her authentic portrayal of a pregnant woman from Colombia living in small New York City apartment. The unexpected success of "Maria Full of Grace" catapulted Rae into the spotlight, and in the years that followed she appeared in over two dozen film and television roles, most notably with a recurring part on "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-12), as well as a supporting turn in the star-studded ensemble comedy "The Big Wedding" (2013), thus proving her once-stalled acting career had only just begun.

Born in Manhattan and raised in the working-class borough of Queens, Patricia Rae was born to Colombian parents and grew up speaking Spanish as her first language. She learned English by watching countless hours of "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969- ), and was eventually encouraged by one of her grade-school teachers to appear in the school's production of "Oliver Twist." Already a precocious youth, Rae welcomed the new challenge, beginning what would prove to be a lifelong love of performing. Throughout her teens and 20s, Rae moved back and forth between Florida and her hometown of New York City, landing bit parts in plays, commercials and TV shows, before deciding to permanently move her family to Los Angeles. Her big break came in 2004 when she landed the part of Carla in "Maria Full of Grace." The film, about a Colombian teenage girl who takes an unfortunate turn as a drug mule, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to earn numerous accolades, including an Imagen Award nomination for Rae. She followed up that performance by landing guest spots on shows such as "The Chicago Code" (Fox, 2011), "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008- ) and "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 2010- ), as well as a supporting role in 2013's "The Big Wedding." When she's not acting, Rae serves as a certified yoga instructor in Studio City, California, and has also penned a memoir about her struggles and triumphs as a Latino-American actress called How to Make It in the Middle.


Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute



Appeared alongside Academy Award-winners Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton in "The Big Wedding"


First recurring TV role on "Chuck"


Breakout performance in "Maria Full of Grace"


First TV role on "New York News"

Bonus Trivia


Learned English by watching "Sesame Street."


Is a certified yoga instructor in California.


"When I started acting, Latinos in the film and television landscape did not have positive images. There wasn’t really anyone to look up to. We were still playing villains or subservient characters (maid, illegal immigrant, gang member). Today, we are representative of all fields. You still have to go through the experience and accept the bad roles, but give the stereotypes a human face with real issues." - from, Aug. 21, 2012


"By the time I book the job I have done the bulk of it… I start by creating a background, family life, education level, beliefs… etc. All those things inform how the character speaks, thinks, and reacts. I learn the lines after I have answered all the character questions. When I walk into the audition, I am ready to shoot the scene." - from


Wrote a memoir, How to Make It in the Middle, about her struggles and triumphs as a Latino-American actress.