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Chandra Wilson
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General Information
Birth Name: Chandra Danette Wilson
Birthday: August 27, 1969
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Age: 46
Partners: Has been in a relationship for 28 years
Children: 3
Serena (b. 1992)
Joy (b. 1998)
Michael (b. 2005)
Character Information
Role: Miranda Bailey
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Chandra Wilson is an American actress, best known for her role as Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy (2005-present).

Early Life Edit

Chandra Danette Wilson was born on August 27, 1969, in Houston, Texas, to Wilma Bradshaw Allen, a postal worker. Her mother enrolled her in after-school activities which helped her show business career.

She started her theater career at five years old with Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). She attended Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She also went to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She earned a BFA in drama and graduated in 1991. From 1991 to 1995, she studied at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Career Edit

In 1991, she made her New York stage debut in the production of The Good Times Are Killing Me. She won a Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performances. She also has credits in Paper Moon: The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors. In 1998, she appeared in the musical, On the Town.

While making a name for herself on the New York stage, she also began to land guest spots on a variety of primetime TV shows. In 1989, she appeared on The Cosby Show. In 1992, she appeared in Law & Order and CBS' Schoolbreak Special.

In 1993, she made her film debut in Philadelphia, along with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

In 2001, she appeared on Third Watch and Bob Patterson. In 2002, she starred in a couple of episodes on Sex and the City. In 2003, she starred in the musical Avenue Q. In 2004, she guest starred in The Sopranos. She appeared in multiple episodes of Law & Order: SVU and in the musical, Caroline, or Change.

In 2005, she landed her breakout role as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the hit ABC show Grey's Anatomy. In 2009, she made her directors debut on the 7th episode in season six of Grey's Anatomy. She directed 6x17 and 7x05 in 2010, 8x21 in 2012, and 9x06 and 9x17 in 2012 and 2013.

Personal Life Edit

While trying to land acting roles, she worked at Deutsche Bank in order to make money.

She has been in a longtime relationship with her boyfriend, with whom she has three children with. In 1992, her daughter, Serena, was born. In 1998, her second daughter, Joy, was born. On October 31, 2005, she gave birth to her son, Michael.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
1990 Peer Pressure, Drugs and... You
1993 Mad Dog and Glory
1993 Philadelphia Chandra
1996 Lone Star Athena
2003 Head of State Jaime
2005 I Love the 80's 3-D Herself
2008 A Single Woman Coretta Scott King
2008 Accidental Friendship Yvonne Caldwell
2010 Frankie and Alice Maxine

Television Edit

Year Title Role Episode
1989 The Cosby Show Dina "The Lost Weekend"
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Gloria "Sexual Considerations"
1992 Law & Order Serena Price "Cradle to Grave"
2000 Cosby Unknown "It's a Wonderful Wife"
2001 Third Watch Volunteer "Man Enough"
2001 100 Centre Street Unknown "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
2001 Bob Patterson Claudia Unknown episodes
2002 Sex and the City Police Officer "Anchors Away"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nurse Jenkins "Waste"
2003 Queens Supreme Dolores "The House Next Door"
2004 The Sopranos Evelyn Greenwood "Cold Cuts"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rachel Sorannis "911"
2005-present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Miranda Bailey Main cast (season 1-present)
2008 Accidental Friendship Yvonne Television movie
2009 Private Practice Dr. Miranda Bailey 2 episodes

Theater Edit

Year Title
1998 On The Town
2003 Avenue Q
2004 Caroline, or Change
2009 Chicago

Awards Edit

Year Award Category Work Result
1991 Theatre World Award The Good Times Are Killing Me
2006 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2006 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 BET Awards Best Actress Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2007 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Vision/Mini-Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 BET Awards Best Actress Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 People's Choice Awards Favorite Scene Stealing Star Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Vision/Mini-Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Satellite Awards Best Ensemble Cast in a Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2009 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2009 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Accidental Friendship Nominated
2009 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series/Television Movie Accidental Friendship Nominated
2009 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2010 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2010 Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2011 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2012 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2013 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2014 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated

Official Account Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Likes to knit in her free time.
  • Has difficulty remembering the medical terms after 11 seasons.
  • Her favorite moments on the show would be from:
    • A Hard Day's Night (1x01)
    • Sledgehammer (12x01)
    • As We Know It (2x17)
    • Push (6x17)
    • Make Me Lose Control (2x03)
    • Put Me In, Coach (8x07)
    • Death and All His Friends (6x24)
    • Do You Know? (10x17)
    • The Becoming (4x14)
    • Do You Believe in Magic (9x22).