Chandra Wilson
Birth Date:
August 27, 1969
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, USA
5' (1.52 m)
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Grey’s Anatomy


Diminutive in stature but influential in screen presence, Houston, Texas, native actress Chandra Wilson is most well-known to TV audience as the tough-talking Dr. Miranda Bailey in the hit ABC medical series “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-?), in which she gained a number of recognitions, including an Emmy nomination. She has guest starred in countless TV shows, most notably “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order” and “The Cosby Show,” and was a regular on ABC’s series “Bob Patterson” (2001). On the silver screen, the Emmy nominee has dotted her resume with such vehicles as Philadelphia (1993, with the Oscar winner Tom Hanks), John Sayles’ Lone Star (1996) and the comedy Head of State (2003).

As a trained stage performer, Wilson took home a Theatre World Award for her luminous performance of Bonna Willis in 1991’s production of “The Good Times are Killing Me.” More recently, she was named The New York Times’ one of “8 to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes“ for the Spring of 2004. This tribute comes in conjunction with her Broadway opening of the applauded “Caroline, or Change” at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The play is written by Tony Kushner, directed by George C. Wolf and composed by Jeanine Tesori.

Outside the spotlight, Wilson is the mother of three children, two daughters and a son.

Mother of 3

Childhood and Family:

In Houston, Texas, Chandra Wilson was born on August 27, 1969. As a child, she began her theater career with Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), and later attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After graduating, she continued to study her craft at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in undergraduate Drama, and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Privately speaking, Chandra is the mother of three children. Her first child, daughter Serena, was born in 1992, and her second daughter, Joy, was born two years later. On October 31, 2005, she welcomed her third child, a son named Michael.

The Good Times are Killing Me


Chandra Wilson began performing in musicals with Theatre Under the Stars when she was only five years old. 15 years later, she made her television debut with a guest role in the hit series “The Cosby Show” which was followed by a supporting part in the CBS Schoolbreak Special Sexual Considerations in 1991. Still in 1991, Wilson made an auspicious stage debut with the role of Bonna Willis in the production of “The Good Times are Killing Me” at the Minetta Lane Theatres and Second Stage. The role brought Wilson a Theatre World for Outstanding Debut Performance.

Wilson resurfaced on the small screen in 1992, when she took on the guest role of Serena Price in an episode of “Law & Order.” A year later, she landed small parts in two prestigious features, the Bill Murray and Robert De Niro vehicle Mad Dog and Glory, and director Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia, a drama best-remembered as the vehicle in which Tom Hanks won an Academy Award. She did not appear in another movie until 1996, when she scored a bit role in writer-director John Sayles’ Lone Star, opposite Kris Kristofferson and Matthew McConaughey.

Seven years after her memorable stage debut, Wilson hit the Broadway for the first time with the 1998 production of “On the Town,” for director George C. Wolfe. She returned to her television roots in 2000 with a performance in another Bill Cosby program “Cosby.” She kept on her TV presence for the next two years by guest starring in such shows as “Third Watch,” “100 Centre Street,” the HBO mega-hit “Sex and the City” (gave an amusing performance as the street policewoman who permits Samantha to maintain posting insulting flyers about her hotel mogul boyfriend, whom she found with another woman), “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Queens Supreme” She even got her first regular job in the ABC series “Bob Patterson” (2001), where she was cast as Claudia Hopper.

After an uncredited part in the big careen comedy Head of State (2003), Wilson was discovered on another HBO super-hit, “The Sopranos” (2004), where she was cast in the guest role of Evelyn Greenwood, and, in 2005, she was back for a dissimilar one-shot role on “Law and Order: SVU.” That same year, Wilson re-embarked on the big screen with the small role of Reba in Strangers with Candy (2005), a remake about a former con returning to high school and starred Amy Sedaris and Allison Janne.

Since making her TV debut in 1989, the strong-jawed actress did not receive her big breakthrough until 2005, when she was cast as the tough-talking Dr. Miranda Bailey in the well-liked ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” which starred Ellen Pompeo in the title role. Impressively playing her part, in 2006, Wilson was handed an Emmy and Image nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. With other co-stars that include Justin Chambers, Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl, she also shared a Screen Actors Guild nod for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.


  • Theatre World: Outstanding Debut Performance, The Good Times are Killing Me, 1991
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