Chandra Wilson (born August 27, 1969) is an Emmy Award nominated American actress, best known for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the ABC television drama, Grey's Anatomy.
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 Caroline, or Change. Wilson is an accomplished singer, and has sung in several productions.