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Chandra Wilson
Born August 27, 1969 (1969-08-27) (age 40)
Houston, Texas

Chandra Wilson (born August 27, 1969) is an American actress and director, best known for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the ABC television drama, Grey's Anatomy.


Early life

Wilson was born in Houston, Texas. She started her theater career at the age of five with the Houston-based Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). Wilson attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she earned a BFA in drama.


Wilson's first regular network TV role was in the short-lived series Bob Patterson (2001), a post-"Seinfeld" vehicle for Jason Alexander. She also appeared on Law & Order, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, and had a small role in Lone Star (1996). Wilson also had career in theater, where she played Bonna Willis in The Good Times Are Killing Me, and was featured in the Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change. Wilson is an accomplished singer, and has sung in several productions.

Wilson was working at a bank when she auditioned for the Grey's Anatomy pilot. She was cast as Miranda Bailey, a role initially envisioned as a blond Caucasian woman and the final casting was a choice between Wilson and actress Kristin Chenoweth.[1] The show became a success. Wilson was nominated in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. She was nominated and won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2007 for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series; she also won a SAG Award as part of the Grey's Anatomy cast, which won Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

She guest-starred on Private Practice for the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice Crossover Event.

Chandra also directed for the first time. She directed the episode "Give Peace a Chance", the 7th episode in season 6 of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

Personal life

Wilson and her husband have three children; daughters Serena and Joy were born in 1992 and 1998, respectively, and son Michael was born on October 31, 2005. Her eldest daughter also attended a KIPP school in NYC.[2]


Stage credits

  • The Good Times are Killing Me
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Paper Moon: the Musical
  • The Family of Mann
  • Believing
  • Little Shop of Horrors



Year Title Role Other notes
1989 The Cosby Show Dina Episode: "The Lost Weekend"
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Gloria Episode: "Sexual Considerations"
Law & Order Serena Price Episode: "Cradle to Grave"
2000 Cosby Episode: "It's a Wonderful Wife"
2001 Third Watch Volunteer Episode: "Man Enough"
100 Centre Street Episode: "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
Bob Patterson Claudia unknown episodes
2002 Sex and the City Police Officer Episode: "Anchors Away"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nurse Jenkins Episode: "Waste"
2003 "Queens Supreme" Dolores Episode: "The House Next Door"
2004 The Sopranos Evelyn Greenwood Episode: "Cold Cuts"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rachel Sorannis Episode: "911"
I Love the 80's 3-D Herself
2005-present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Miranda Bailey Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (4 times)

Chandra Directed an Episode of Grey's Anatomy that aired October 29, 2009

2008 Accidental Friendship Yvonne Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2009 Private Practice Dr. Miranda Bailey


Awards and nominations


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