After a decade and a half of popping up in bit movie parts and TV guest spots, Chandra Wilson, born in Houston on August 27th, 1969, saw her acting career take off in 2005 when she was cast as a lead on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The show immediately became a hit, and Wilson was honored with an Emmy nomination in 2006 and a Screen Actors Guild Award (for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series) in 2007.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Started acting in productions with Houston's Theatre Under the Stars at age 5.
- Named one of Eight to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes by the New York Times in 2004 for her role in Broadway's Caroline, or Change.
- Received the 2005 Rising Star Award from the Ensemble Theatre in Houston.
- Was named spokesperson in 2009 for the Downy Touch of Comfort campaign, which delivers handmade quilts to kids in Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
- An advocate for Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and pitched an episode around the disease for Grey's Anatomy; Wilson ended up directing the episode "Second Opinion" that revolved around it.