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Chandra Wilson

Upon the recent Broadway opening of Caroline, or Change, The New York Times named Chandra Wilson one of Eight to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes (Spring 2004) for her role in the George C. Wolfe-directed play.

The Houston,Texas native began performing in musicals at the age of five with Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), where she appeared in more than ten of their major musical productions. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later went on to acquire her BFA in undergraduate Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There, she spent four years training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Wilson was a series regular on the ABC series Bob Patterson. Her numerous television credits include guest starring roles on The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sex and the City, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street Cosby and The Cosby Show. She has had recurring roles on One Life to Live and Queens Supreme, and a principle role in the CBS Schoolbreak Special, Sexual Considerations. She has also appeared in national commercials for Blockbuster Video, Burger King, Scope and the United Negro College Fund, as well as numerous radio commercials.

On the big screen Wilson had supporting roles in Lone Star, directed by John Sayles, and Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme.

Her greatest New York stage accomplishment was portraying Bonna Willis in the production of The Good Times are Killing Me, both at the Second Stage and Minetta Lane Theatres, for which she won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. Some of her other stage credits include 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 Broadway revival of On the Town, directed by George C. Wolfe.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Chandra Wilson Facts

BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA
Awards2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Drama Series (for Grey's Anatomy)

Selected Filmography

Not available.