African-American supporting actress Tracie Thoms first arrived on the Hollywood scene in the early 2000s, and worked steadily thereafter, landing a covetous string of roles in many of Hollywood's most hotly anticipated films. She played Andrea in the riotous Tribeca-produced frat-boy comedy Porn 'n Chicken (2002), then tackled the role of Mahandra, the acerbic best friend of the even more acerbic Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas), on the short-lived cult fantasy series Wonderfalls (2004). In 2005 and 2006, respectively, Thoms tackled sizeable roles in the Chris Columbus-directed musical Rent and the David Frankel-helmed box-office smash The Devil Wears Prada. Additionally, in 2006, Thoms got promoted from a previously recurring role to a regular character -- Kat Miller -- on the hit detective series Cold Case. She then geared up for Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's half of the Grindhouse double-bill, as the garrulous Kim, one of three no-nonsense female vigilantes who take on Kurt Russell's psychopath Stuntman Mike.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- While attending Howard University, received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical for her role in a production of Hair.
- Made her Broadway debut in 2004, opposite Alfre Woodard in Drowning Crow.
- Unsuccessfully auditioned eight times for a role in the Broadway musical Rent; eventually won the role of Joanne in the 2005 film version, and went on to appear in the final Broadway performances of the show.
- Final audition for Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (2007) was done as a team alongside her friend Rosario Dawson; both actors landed parts in the film.
- Has been a series regular on the short-lived As If and Wonderfalls, as well as CBS' hit Cold Case.
- Appeared in Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair, discussing her choice to wear her hair natural.
- Was part of the rotating cast of the revue For the Record: Baz Luhrmann at Los Angeles club Show at Barre in 2011.