December 6, 2022

Chandra Wilson Bio,Age,Movies,Husband,Kids and Net Worth

Chandra Wilson Biography

Chandra Wilson is an American actress and director, known for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey in the ABC television drama Grey’s Anatomy since 2005, for which she has been nominated for the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress four times. She also played the character of Bailey on Private Practice and Station 19.

Chandra Wilson Age

She was born on 27 August 1969, Houston, Texas, United States of America. She is age 49 years as of 2018.

Chandra Wilson Parents

She was raised by her mother, Wilma Bradshaw Allen who was a postal worker.

Chandra Wilson Husband

In the 2007 parade edition, she described herself as “I am in a relationship but not married”.She has been with her been boyfriend from 2007 but has not revealed his names.

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Chandra Wilson Kids

He and his boyfriend have three kids, daughter Sarina was born in 1992, daughter Joylin was born in 1998, and son Michael was born on October 31, 2005.

Chandra Wilson Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of  $10 million dollars.

Chandra Wilson Salary

She earns at least $125,000 per episode.

Chandra Wilson Height Feet

She is 1.52 m tall.

Chandra Wilson Movies




1990 Peer Pressure, Drugs and… You
1993 Mad Dog and Glory
Philadelphia Chandra
1996 Lone Star Athena
2003 Head of State Jaime
2005 I Love the 80’s 3-D Herself
2008 A Single Woman Coretta Scott King
Accidental Friendship Yvonne Caldwell
2010 Frankie and Alice Maxine
2018 Christmas Harmony Karen

Chandra Wilson Grey’s Anatomy

She has been working for ABC  television dramaGrey’s Anatomy since 2005.

Chandra Wilson Awards|Nominations

  • BET Awards
    • 2008, Best Actress: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2007, Best Actress: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
  • Emmy Awards
    • 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2009, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Accidental Friendship (nominated)
    • 2008, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2007, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
  • Image Awards
    • 2014, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy


    • 2013, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy


    • 2012, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2011, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2010, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy – Give Peace a Chance (winner)
    • 2010, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series/Television Movie: Accidental Friendship (nominated)
    • 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
    • 2008, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
    • 2007, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
    • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • 2008, Favorite Scene Stealing Star: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
  • Satellite Awards
    • 2008, Best Supporting Actress in a Television Vision/Mini-Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2007, Best Supporting Actress in a Television Vision/Mini-Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2008, Best Ensemble Cast in a Series: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • 2008, Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (nominated)
    • 2007, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
    • 2007, Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy (winner)
  • Theatre World Award
    • 1991, Performance as Bonna Willis in The Good Times are Killing Me.

Chandra Wilson Activism

She is an activist for the cause of cyclic vomiting syndrome and serves as the spokesperson for the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association, as well as, the celebrity ambassador for CureMito! after her teenage daughter, Sarina, developed the disease in 2010.

For the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy Wilson met with the producers and pitched the idea of featuring cyclic vomiting syndrome in an upcoming episode. The episode, “Second Opinion”, aired on November 15, 2012, and was directed by Wilson.

She also is an advocate for people with mental and/or substance use disorders. In 2015, she hosted the 10th Annual Voice Awards event for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Chandra Wilson Interview

Chandra Wilson Wants You to Trust Your Gut

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star shares why her heart attack episode hit home.

Elisabeth Finch: What was your reaction when we told you that Dr. Bailey was going to have a heart attack?

Chandra Wilson: I was excited. I was with you 100 percent when you were talking about how we would use Bailey’s past, how we would use flashbacks. The information that we would be getting out there about women and heart disease, and how it differentiates itself from men. And coupled with the fact that she was mad at Ben, and that she was going to do this journey on her own, and that the words were going to come out without me having fallen on the floor, gripping onto my chest, which is what you usually think about a heart attack. All of that I thought was just great stuff for an actor to get to do.

EF: I remember we connected about Bailey’s history with mental illness and how necessary it felt to bring that up, especially when she’s trying to convince people that she’s physically not well.

CW: It’s something that is really important to me as an actor and someone who has that story to keep that story alive. She’s got her meds now, she’s theoretically level or good for her baseline, but it’s not gone. It’s something that she still has to work with and be aware of. The fact that it gets to come up as a part of this story, again, that’s something that I love.

EF: Right. We were able to imbue this character with this history, and also educate people about what heart disease looks like in women. I remember doing a lot of research about how many things can take a woman off-path of getting the care she needs, particularly [for] heart attacks, [because] of the presumption that it’s something anxiety based, emotionally based, [or because] it doesn’t look like a stereotype.

CW: One of the resonating things that Bailey says in the episode is about the instance where a woman walks into an emergency room with physical symptoms, but then she’s treated based on her emotions. That’s a journey in health care. How do you advocate for yourself, especially when you’re in pain? There are countless people that deal with that, and you and I have talked about that in our own health care journeys — your own personal one, mine with my daughter.

EF: I have experience being a patient, but you have a particular experience being a caretaker for someone as they’ve navigated diagnosis to day-to-day and emergency care.

CW: My daughter [Sarina] is a chronic Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome sufferer, so she deals with very, very strong bouts of abdominal pain and nausea. They’re constant and all-encompassing, and the last thing you can really do in that state is be a good advocate for yourself. We have always had a system where either she calls me so I’m with her to go into emergency rooms, or we put together a brochure of her health story so that she can pass that over to whatever physician she’s working with. They can see the history, they can take it seriously from the beginning.

EF: You have that, I have the big red binder.

CW: I brought it down to a brochure because a binder is really heavy. [laughs] And that, again, is the fine line that my role [as a caretaker] has to walk. You can’t know too much because if you know more than what the doctor knows, then they’re like, “Oh, OK. I don’t know what you all are doing.” So you have to scale back and let them make the discoveries and do things by asking questions, as opposed to making statements. I play a doctor on TV, I’m not [a real] one. So I always have to be asking for help. I can show the protocol, I can show what works, but it’s always going to be, “What do you think?”

EF: It’s like a constant dance of, “I want to advocate for myself, but I also don’t want to come off as too insistent.”

The fact that Bailey does go to a different hospital was not an accident.

CW: It can be exhausting. So for [Bailey] to be in this new position experiencing this, I’m excited to see how that informs her care going forward. I love that she gets to be on that end of things. She probably wouldn’t have to go through it if she had just gone on to her own hospital.

EF: Can we talk a little bit about that? Because the fact that Bailey does go to a different hospital was not an accident.

CW: No, it was her hiding.

EF: There’s such an impetus for women to hide their illness.

CW: It was a choice. It was a deliberate choice to go somewhere else. Typical Bailey to truly believe that she’s having a heart attack [and] that she can just show up and have it taken care of right quick so she can go back to work [laughs]. That makes no sense at all. But it’s more important for her to preserve her image [at Grey Sloan], to not have to share what’s going on with Ben. She can compartmentalize. But she knows she’s stressed out, she knows that the ceiling just collapsed, the sprinklers went off, there’s all this damage, and then she did this redo and painted everything, and Harper dies…

EF: And the hospital got hacked. It’s not been an easy couple of months for Bailey.

CW: There’s a lot, and anybody would like to take a break. And she’s not somebody that’s going to acquiesce to taking a break.

EF: I remember having this conversation with Krista [Vernoff] and the writers about Bailey’s perception that this was just going to be something that she could deal with right quick and then return. I started talking about my first episode on the show, [the] one that you directed. I looked back at that and I was in the middle of chemo. I was bald as a ping pong ball, I was nauseous and ill, and I was miserable. But that was in one pocket over here, and then there was a job to do.

It’s not just a woman thing, but we’ve seen it [with] a lot of females who are denying their need to take care of themselves. [Bailey’s storyline] just felt very human. [The writers] all laughed and said how ridiculous I was, and I said, “Yeah, I was ridiculous, but it also was true.” It felt like it was an interesting thing to see Bailey acknowledge that that was her fear, of being viewed as less than, or weak, or unable to do her job.

CW: I think in those moments, you do feel like you’re taking care of yourself because you’re taking care of it all, right? It’s like, the health thing doesn’t have to overtake everything else. So I can do the health, and I can do the work, and I can do the “be mad at Ben,” and I can do the “being a really good mom.” They all have certain times of the day. It’s like, “I’m going to do this from 7:00 to 2:00.” [laughs]

EF: I’ll be a sick person on my lunch break when no one’s asking for my time.

CW: Exactly. But then life comes in, and that’s when you realize, “Oh, OK, maybe I don’t get to be five different people today.” Maybe I have to be this one person and take care of this one thing today, and tomorrow I have to be this other person and just do that one thing. And it’s hard. It’s very hard to do that when you’re used to juggling many balls at the same time and seemingly doing it successfully.

EF: When we were looking at what to do for Bailey, we knew she was going to go through some health crisis. What seemed right was this heart attack [because] a lot of people dismiss it, particularly women, because it doesn’t look like that stereotypical “boom, floor drop.” Heart attacks — in particular for women — are something that really does come out of nowhere, and we so infrequently listen to that voice in our head or that feeling in our gut.

CW: We have to give Bailey some credit because she didn’t let it go on too long. She said somewhere in the back of her brain she knew that she needed to acknowledge what was going on, even if she wasn’t gonna tell anybody else about it. Things were happening early enough to where, in her lovely little organized mind, it’s saying, “If I do something now, then that’s preventive and it doesn’t have to get to be this other thing.” Now she just needed some physicians to get on board with that program, and they weren’t hearing it. I’m glad she did listen to her instincts.

EF: And didn’t let the people who were telling her otherwise [lead her away] from that voice in her head or that feeling in her gut. We watch Bailey go through something and everyone is throwing doubt on her, and at times I think an audience member will wonder, “Do these doctors have a point? Is she going through something that’s more emotional than physical because we’re not seeing evidence?” But Bailey doesn’t doubt herself.

CW: And then, of course, instead of just getting up and leaving, which she was told she couldn’t do, she brings her team to her.

I think what patients are looking for when they come in is to feel heard.

EF: [It’s] that intelligence of realizing, “I have fought as much as I possibly could fight and they are not listening, and now my solution is to either go elsewhere or to bring in the people that I know will hear me.” It shouldn’t be your job to know what your entire diagnosis is and to know how to take care of yourself, but I think you can tell when you’re being heard and listened to.

If Dr. Bailey could be in charge of all the doctors in the world and give the doctor seminar speechy-speech — the Bailey arias, as we like to call them — about what they could do better in terms of listening to their patients, [what would she say]?

CW: Let’s not forget that Bailey is a surgeon. Surgeons are a certain type of people that I really didn’t understand until I first started “Grey’s.” A lot of times people never even meet their surgeon or don’t know their surgeon, and I would think, “Oh, that’s so rude. Why wouldn’t you come and talk to the person and try to reassure them as best as you can?” But I realized that once you open us up, boy, everything just looks exactly the same. And the last thing that you want in your mental Rolodex while you’re working on this liver or this heart is, “This person is so disgusting,” or “They spoke so terribly to their wife.” The only thing you want to focus on is, “How do I fix this thing?” And as the patient, that’s all you really care about too. “Did you fix me? Am I OK? Can I go and have the rest of my life?” So there was a different kind of respect that I had.

But on the patient end of it, you do want to know that this person is going to do their best. I think what patients are looking for when they come in is to feel heard, where you say, “OK, I hear what you’re saying. I’m glad you’re here, and let’s see what we can do.”

EF: Well, I’m certainly glad you’re here and we got to do this for Dr. Bailey. To be able to tell this story and try and help other people with you as a partner was pretty much the freaking dream.

CW: Ultimately it’s the storytelling, but somebody out there will relate and say, “Oh my gosh, that’s me,” or “That’s my so and so.” Or a doctor who’ll say, “I could do that better.”

Chandra Wilson News

Chandra Wilson Opened Up About The “Grey’s Anatomy” Episode That Will Make TV History

As of its Feb. 28 episode, Grey’s Anatomy will become the longest-running medical drama on television. Chandra Wilson told BuzzFeed News the episode will please fans of the show.

 February 18, 2019

For the past 14 years, Chandra Wilson has starred as Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, and while she’s spent more than a decade in front of the camera, Wilson occasionally goes behind the scenes as the director as well.

Wilson told BuzzFeed News she had the honor of directing the upcoming Feb. 28 episode of Grey’s when the show will mark a milestone as it becomes the longest-running primetime medical drama in history.

“I noticed it at the beginning of the season, because we’ve been counting to see which episode was going to get us there, and so when I saw my name [listed as director] I was really excited and really flattered,” Wilson said in an upcoming interview of BuzzFeed News’ Profile set to air on Feb. 24.

Shonda Rhimes originally created Grey’s Anatomy back in 2005, starting ABC’s famous TGIT lineup, and the show has remained popular among viewers for 14 years.

With that in mind, Wilson said she felt the “weight and responsibility” that came with directing this landmark episode in the series.

“‘What was the script going to be?’ ‘What was I going to need to say?’ ‘Was it going to be about the OGs, was it going to be about the new folks?’” Wilson said.

Despite her initial preoccupations, the actor said she was ultimately happy with how the 332nd episode in the series came out.

“We end up with an episode that really lets the fans know that we continue,” Wilson said. “That’s really at the end of the day what it ends up being about, so I’m excited.

Wilson’s other acting credits include minor roles on The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and General Hospital, and she’s even directed episodes of The Fosters and Scandal. But Grey’s Anatomy has made up the bulk of Wilson’s career, earning her five Emmy award nominations and a SAG Award for Best Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2007.

When Rhimes first conceived of the role of Dr. Miranda Bailey, she pictured a petite, blonde woman, but Wilson’s agent and manager encouraged ABC to let her audition for the part.

“One of the things that I had to put away a long time ago is whether I was gonna be right because if I had spent time looking in the mirror, spent time standing on the scale, I never would have done anything,” Wilson said. “So, I had to allow myself to say right here in this skin is what I am. And this is what I’m going to present.”

After landing the role, Wilson said she was struck when she watched the 2005 pilot by the show’s diversity.

“Then I saw the pilot and I was like, ‘Wow that’s that’s America, that’s walking down the street,'” she said.

The actor has seen success in Hollywood over the past decade and a half, but not without coming up against the difficulties that come with working in the entertainment industry, especially when it comes to paying inequity.

“It’s interesting because our industry looks around and makes a determination of what your value is, and what your worth is,” Wilson said.

“If you live in that space, you start to internalize that and think of your own value and worth based on a number that some industry has put on that. That can be really dangerous for your self-esteem, your self-worth.”

Wilson said in spite of these challenges, at the end of the day she tries to focus on the fact that she’s living her dream as an actor.

“I’m getting a chance to make a living at this thing that brings me so much joy,” she said. “And the reason I do it is that I like to bring joy to you guys.”

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