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Chandra Wilson

Biography

Primetime Emmy Award-nominated celebrity who played Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Her performing career started at age group five while carrying out at the Theatre Under the Celebrities in Houston. She worked well like a standard bank temp across from South Tower from the Globe Trade Middle, and was there through the Sept 11 attacks. She’s three kids, two women and a son, with her partner whom she started dating in 1988. Her 1st regular TV part is at the short-lived Television series Bob Patterson with Jason Alexander.

Quick Facts


Full Name Chandra Wilson
Date Of Birth August 27, 1969
Place Of Birth Houston, TX
Height 1.52 m
Profession TV Actress
Education New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Nationality American
Children Michael Wilson, Serena Wilson, Joy Wilson
Parents Wilma Bradshaw Allen
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Television Ensemble, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Scene Stealing Star, TV Land Future Classic Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, BET Award for Best Actress
Movies Philadelphia, Lone Star, The Oh in Ohio, A Single Woman, Accidental Friendship, Frankie & Alice, Jack and Jill, Muted, Autism in America
TV Shows Bob Patterson, Grey's Anatomy
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1Used to sing in school plays in high school.
2BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1991)
3Son Michael was born October 31st, 2005
4Daughter Serena was born in 1992
5Daughter Joy was born in 1994


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grey's Anatomy2005-2017TV SeriesDr. Miranda Bailey
Muted2014ShortLena Gladwell
Frankie & Alice2010Maxine
Private Practice2009TV SeriesDr. Miranda Bailey
Accidental Friendship2008TV MovieYvonne
A Single Woman2008Coretta Scott King (voice)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002-2005TV SeriesRachel Sorannis / Nurse Jenkins
Strangers with Candy2005Inmate
The Sopranos2004TV SeriesEvelyn Greenwood
Head of State2003Jaime (uncredited)
Queens Supreme2003TV SeriesDolores
Sex and the City2002TV SeriesPolice Officer
Bob Patterson2001TV SeriesClaudia
100 Centre Street2001TV Series
Third Watch2001TV SeriesVolunteer
Cosby2000TV Series
Lone Star1996Athena
Philadelphia1993Chandra
CBS Schoolbreak Special1992TV SeriesGloria
Law & Order1992TV SeriesSerena Price
The Cosby Show1989TV SeriesDina

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grey's Anatomy2009-2016TV Series 15 episodes
The Fosters2015-2016TV Series 2 episodes
Scandal2015TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grey's Anatomy2006-2011TV Series performer - 3 episodes
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway2007Documentary performer: "Dotty and Caroline"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Autism in America2015Documentary co-producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mad Dog and Glory1993ADR loop group

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grey's Anatomy: Complications of the Heart2006TV Movie special thanks
Grey's Anatomy: Straight to the Heart2006TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards2016TV MovieHerself
A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Grey's Anatomy
Autism in America2015DocumentaryNarrator
The View2006-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Host
The Queen Latifah Show2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
Steve Harvey2014TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007-2014TV SeriesHerself
The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock2014TV MovieHerself - Host
The Wendy Williams Show2010-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHerself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 38th Annual Gracie Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Talk2010-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Pyramid2012TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Rachael Ray2006-2012TV SeriesHerself
42nd NAACP Image Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Imagine 013: A Celebration of Children's Hospital Los Angeles2010TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
41st NAACP Image Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
13th Annual Prism Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie & Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Jersey Boys
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006-2009TV SeriesHerself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHerself
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2007TV SeriesHerself
BET Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself
Anatomía Unplugged2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007TV SeriesHerself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2007TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards2007TV Special documentaryHerself
14th Annual Inner City Destiny Awards2006VideoHerself - Presenter
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2006TV SeriesHerself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
ABC News Nightline2006TV SeriesHerself
37th NAACP Image Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Come Rain or Come Shine: From Grey's Anatomy to Private Practice2007TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy: Come Rain or Shine2007TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy: Every Moment Counts2007TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy: Complications of the Heart2006TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey
Getting Into Grey's Anatomy2006TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy: Under Pressure2006TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy: Straight to the Heart2006TV MovieDr. Miranda Bailey

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Festival PrizeSoHo International Film FestivalBest Acting PerformanceMuted (2014)
2014Prism AwardPrism AwardsFemale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Dramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2009Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a TV Movie or MiniseriesAccidental Friendship (2008)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2008People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Scene Stealing StarGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Justin Chambers (actor)
· Eric Dane (actor)
· Patrick Dempsey (actor)
· Katherine Heigl (actor)
· T.R. Knight (actor)
· Sandra Oh (actor)
· James Pickens Jr. (actor)
· Ellen Pompeo (actor)
· Sara Ramirez (actor)
· Sarah Utterback (actor)
· Kate Walsh (actor)
· Isaiah Washington (actor)
2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Ensemble, TelevisionGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Justin Chambers
· Eric Dane
· Patrick Dempsey
· Katherine Heigl
· T.R. Knight
· Sandra Oh
· James Pickens Jr.
· Ellen Pompeo
· Sara Ramirez
· Kate Walsh
· Isaiah Washington

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAccidental Friendship (2008)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialAccidental Friendship (2008)
2009OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAccidental Friendship (2008)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2008BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActressGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Justin Chambers
· Eric Dane
· Patrick Dempsey
· Katherine Heigl
· T.R. Knight
· Chyler Leigh
· Sandra Oh
· James Pickens Jr.
· Ellen Pompeo
· Sara Ramirez
· Elizabeth Reaser
· Brooke Smith
· Kate Walsh
· Isaiah Washington
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActressGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActressGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the YearGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Justin Chambers
· Eric Dane
· Patrick Dempsey
· Katherine Heigl
· T.R. Knight
· Sandra Oh
· James Pickens Jr.
· Ellen Pompeo
· Sara Ramirez
· Kate Walsh
· Isaiah Washington
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress - Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActressGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the YearGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Justin Chambers
· Patrick Dempsey
· Katherine Heigl
· T.R. Knight
· Sandra Oh
· James Pickens Jr.
· Ellen Pompeo
· Kate Walsh
· Isaiah Washington
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2006OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Justin Chambers
· Patrick Dempsey
· Katherine Heigl
· T.R. Knight
· Sandra Oh
· James Pickens Jr.
· Ellen Pompeo
· Kate Walsh
· Isaiah Washington

TitleSalary
Grey's Anatomy (2005)$125,000 /episode (2007- )
Grey's Anatomy (2005)$125,000 / episode

#Quote
1If I want to know how I'm doing at work, I don't wait for a pat on the back; I ask the people who will give me a clear, objective opinion. When I need a real, arms-wrapped-around-me hug, I go to someone who does that. I stopped getting disappointed by my expectations from non-huggers.
2Starting at age four, my mom decided that she was not going to have an idle child in the house. So I started taking dance lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then I was in acting classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I was also modeling on Saturdays. And that was my childhood.
3The only thing that I know is that, growing up, I came across stumbling blocks, and I always said to myself, 'If I ever get into a position to do something about this, I would like to, so that somebody does not deal with what I went through.'
4When the time came for me to go to college, there was only one scholarship that my high school offered at the time and I didn't win that one, but that didn't stop me. I went on to college anyway. I worked my way through it and paid my student loans for 11 years.
5My first show was 'The King and I' when I was five.
6I cannot get into cottage cheese, and I've tried a lot. Yogurt is hard for me to eat, too. I have to hold my nose to get it down. There's something wrong with that.
7I keep getting amazing things to bring to life. There's always something to discover with 'Dr. Bailey,' something that brings her home to the audience, something that makes people say, 'I know that woman. I work with that woman.' It's incredibly flattering and I'm still finding new things with her all the time.
8I was an only child for 16 years. I didn't realize it at the time, but that experience definitely turned me into a people pleaser. I always tried to do what was expected of me, and I constantly sought reassurance from the adults around me that I was doing a good job.
9I'm a big cook and prefer to make meals at home when I can. I'm either cooking, or we're going to a drive-through somewhere. I'm really proud of my homemade sweet potato pie. At Thanksgiving I make five of them because they go quick.
10Our happiness is certainly mixed in with the tragedies of life. You have to find the lemonade. You have to find the silver lining in the middle of everything that happens in life.
11I'm fortunate enough to have learned not to waste time getting frustrated with my kids, or co-workers, or friends and family for not doing everything I wish they would. If someone doesn't respond to me the way I want them to, I understand that it doesn't have anything to do with me.
12I wanted a good relationship with my mother, and I realized I had a choice: Either I could spend all my time angry that she didn't give me the hugs I thought I needed, or I could understand that she hugs differently. It's not a spread-open-the-arms, 'come here' hug. She hugs by sheltering me from her worries.
13Before 'Grey's Anatomy,' I was doing musicals, plays, commercials, you name it.
14I'm excited to flex my Broadway muscles - it keeps you alive as an actor.


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