For her critically acclaimed role of Dr. Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson earned an Actor Award from the Screen Actors Guild® for Best Actress in a Drama Series. The actor is also a two-time Emmy® Award nominee and a two-time NAACP Image Award winner. Wilson was also nominated for two BET Awards.
Chandra Wilson recently served as Executive Production Consultant on the two-hour Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “Accidental Friendship.”
Originally from Houston, Texas, Wilson 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. At Houston’s Ensemble Theatre, she portrayed Lil’ Bits in One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show and, in the summer of 2005, she received their Rising Star honor for her accomplishments. She graduated from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and went on to acquire her BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There, she spent four years training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Her greatest New York stage accomplishment thus far, is her portrayal of Bonna Willis in the production of Lynda Barry’s The Good Times are Killing Me, for which she won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. In the spring of 2004, she was selected by The New York Times as one of “8 to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes.” She played Dotty Moffett opposite Tonya Pinkins in the Broadway opening of Caroline, or Change, written by Tony Kushner, composed by Jeanine Tesori and directed by George C. Wolf. She was also in the Broadway productions of Avenue Q and On the Town.
Other stage credits include Caroline, or Change at the Public Theatre, 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, and Little Shop of Horrors at the Falmouth Playhouse.
Her television credits include series regular Claudia Hopper on ABC’s “Bob Patterson,” along with numerous guest appearances on “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Sex and the City,” “Third Watch,” “100 Centre Street,” “Cosby,” “Law & Order” and “The Cosby Show.” She has also had recurring roles on “One Life to Live” and “Queens Supreme.”
On the big screen, she’s had supporting roles in the films “Lone Star,” directed by John Sayles, and “Philadelphia,” directed by Jonathan Demme.