More Audra McDonald Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Mister Sterling)Three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime) segues seamlessly into television as the politically savvy chief of staff who is charged with guiding the well-intentioned freshman Senator Mr. Sterling (title star Josh Brolin) through the rigors of Washington, D.C.
A native of Fresno, California, McDonald graduated from New York's Juilliard School for the Performing Arts. She later gained her first Broadway role in the musical Carousel -- for which she earned her first Tony Award for best actress featured in a musical and went on to star in the play Master Class, and the musicals Ragtime. As a result, McDonald made Broadway history when, at the age of 28, she became the youngest performer to earn three Tonys. On November 2, 2002, McDonald sold out Carnegie Hall when she made her solo recital debut.
Marie Christine, a musical re-telling of the Medea myth, earned McDonald her fourth Tony nomination for best actress in a musical.
McDonald starred with Emma Thompson in the television movie version of the play Wit, directed by Mike Nichols and earned an Emmy nomination for her performance. She has also appeared in the TV movies The Last Debate and Having Our Say: the Delany Sisters. Two years ago, she guest-starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In addition to filming Mister Sterling, McDonald maintains an active concert schedule. On New Year's Eve 2002, she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic lead by Sir Simon Rattle. Following the successes of her solo albums, Way Back to Paradise, named Adult Record of the Year by the New York Times in 1998, and the best-selling How Glory Goes in 2000, Audra recently released the critically lauded Happy Songs, a celebration of becoming a mother.