Chandra Wilson Age, Early Life, Early Career, Highlights, Awards, Personal Life, Activism and Net Worth

Published Date   15th Sep. 2017, 23:25 pm
Chandra Wilson Age, Early Life, Early Career, Highlights, Awards, Personal Life, Activism and Net Worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Chandra Danette Wilson
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $10 million

American actress, Chandra Wilson age was in the mid-thirties when she gained prominence through her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy.


Chandra Wilson earned four Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress through Grey’s Anatomy. While Chandra Wilson age was just twenty-something, she made her debut in New York Stage. After this, she landed a number of guest appearances in prime-time television shows.

Early Life and Education

Chandra Danette Wilson was born on August 27, 1969 in Houston, Texas as a daughter of a postal worker mother. Since her mother wanted her daughter to stay active, she enrolled Chandra in after school activities.

Chandra Wilson age was 4 years when she started taking dance lessons, acting and modeling training. This busy schedule resulted in her turning into a performer at the age of 5. She began performing in musicals with Houston’s Theater Under the Stars Company.

Wilson went to Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts before joining New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. She graduated in 1991 with a BFA degree in drama. Starting from 1991, she took 4 years course at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Early Career Highlights

Soon, Wilson made her New York debut with The Good Times are Killing Me in 1991.  She then made her first and only stage appearance in off-Broadway production of Paper Moon: The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors.

Active from the very early days, Chandra Wilson age was only twenty when she started appearing in guest roles. Wilson appeared in The Cosby Show (1989), Law & Order (1992) and Schoolbreak Specials (1992).

These appearances served as a stepping stone for Wilson as she landed a big screen debut with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. She made her debut in 1993 with highly acclaimed film Philadelphia.

Even though this role brought Wilson into limelight, she struggled for 8 years to break into major stardom. Between these times, she appeared in TV shows including Third Watch (2001), Sex and the City (2002), The Sopranos (2004) and musicals like On the Town (1998) and Avenue Q (2003).

Finally, in 2005, Wilson landed a role as Dr. Miranda Bailey in the hit ABC show Grey’s Anatomy. Along with the show, Wilson also gained prominence through the role.

Later Career Highlights

In the early 2000s, Chandra Wilson appeared in TV roles for series Bob Patterson. Furthermore, she gained fame not only through her acting performances, but also through her singing. She demonstrated her accomplishment in singing in a number of productions.

Later on, Chandra Wilson age was in the early thirties when she started working as a temp at Deutsche Bank Alex and Banker’s trust. During the time she was working in the bank, she managed to audition for Grey’s Anatomy pilot. She left her job of Deutsche Bank to focus on Grey’s Anatomy.

After gaining prominence through the role of Dr. Miranda Bailey, Wilson focused on directing the show. She debut as director with episode 7 of season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy and continued it for some more of the other episodes in different seasons.

Recognition and Awards

For her debut in The Good Times Are Killing Me, Wilson won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. Similarly, Chandra Wilson age was thirty-something when she became best known for her role in Grey’s Anatomy that earned her a number of awards and nominations.

Wilson won four Emmy Award nominations consecutively from 2006 to 2009 for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. Further, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2007 for the same role in the category of Outstanding Feale Actor in a Drama Series.

She also won a SAG Award as the cast of Grey’s Anatomy for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. In 2008, she won People’s Choice Award for Favorite Scene-Stealing Star. Before this, she won 4 consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series from 2007 to 2010.

Personal Life, Children and Activism

In 2007, Wilson stated that she has been in relationship with her boyfriend for 9 years, but they have not married. The couple has 3 children: Sarina, born in 1992, Joylin, born in 1998 and son Michael, born in 2005.

The actress is the activist for the cause of cyclic vomiting syndrome. Moreover, she serves as the spokesperson for the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association and celebrity Ambassador for CureMito!

Further, she supports people with mental and substance use disorders. She additionally hosted 10th Annual Voice Awards events for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the year 2015.

Salary and Net Worth

The celebrity and activist, Chandra Wilson age is 48 and has garnered the net worth of $10 million. Wilson mainly gathered this fortune through her astounding acting and singing performances.

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