Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Born: December 29, 1953
Age: 68
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
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Charlaine "Charlayne" Woodard (born December 29, 1953) is an American film, stage, and television actress[1] and playwright. She has written four plays, titled Pretty Fire, Neat, In Real Life, which she starred in, and Flight.

She portrayed the recurring role of Janice on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She played the role of Vonda on Roseanne, and also appeared in a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Sister Peg, a nun who looks out for the safety of prostitutes and junkies and occasionally helps the SVU detectives. Her film credits include the role of Tituba in The Crucible, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, Elijah's mother in Unbreakable alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis, and Angel Kosinsky in Eye for an Eye, alongside Sally Field.

She was one of the original Broadway cast members in the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin', and in 2009, starred in a one-person performance called The Night Watcher at Primary Stages in New York City. In 2011, this production came to the Kirk Douglas Theater and her performance won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Solo Performance.


Personal life

Woodard was trained at the Goodman School of Drama.[2]

She has been married to Alan Harris, an intellectual property lawyer, since 1991.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Hard Feelings Winona Lockhart
1984 Crackers Jasmine
1989 Twister Lola
1991 He Said, She Said Cindy
1991 One Good Cop Cheryl Clark
1993 The Meteor Man Janice Farrell
1994 Babyfever Eartha
1996 Eye for an Eye Angel Kosinsky
1996 The Crucible Tituba
1998 Around the Fire Kate
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Jean Swift
2000 Unbreakable Mrs. Price
2002 Sunshine State Loretta
2013 Things Never Said Charlotte
2019 Glass Mrs. Price In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Cindy Cindy TV film
1982 Taxi Nina Chambers "Nina Loves Alex"
1985 Spenser: For Hire Dorothy Marks "Blood Money"
1988 Wiseguy Emanja Mora "Blood Dance"
1988 God Bless the Child Chandra Watkins TV film
1988-1989 Roseanne Vonda Green Recurring role
1990 A Different World Medic "21 Candles"
1991-1992 Days of Our Lives Desiree McCall TV series
1991-1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Janice Recurring role
1994 Frasier Arlene "Flour Child"
1994 Sweet Justice Harriet Battle-Wilkins "The Power of Darkness: Parts 1 & 2"
1994 Chicago Hope Dr. Paula Michelson "Shutt Down"
1995 Buffalo Girls Doosie TV film
1996 Bless This House Charlene "The Bowling Method"
1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Gail Devers TV film
1996-2000 Chicago Hope Gina Wilkes Recurring role
1997 Touched By Evil Det. Duvall TV film
2002-2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sister Peg Recurring role
2003 Boomtown Marvella King "Fearless"
2003 D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Mildred Muhammad TV film
2004 Strong Medicine Margaret Morganfield "The Real World Rittenhouse"
2004 The Division Mrs. Davis "Lost and Found"
2006 In Justice Sister Gloria Quinn "The Public Burning"
2006 Shark Prof. Emily Chambers "Fashion Police"
2006-2007 ER Angela Gilliam Recurring role
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Terissa Dyson "Pilot", "The Turk"
2009 Medium Dr. Richards "The Man in the Mirror"
2012 Bones Diane Rollins "The Patriot in Purgatory"
2015 Chasing Life Monica Bradley "Cancer Friends with Benefits"
2015 The Leftovers Lois Makepeace "A Matter of Geography"
2018 Pose Helena St. Rogers 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Tony Award

  • 1978: Nominated, "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" - Ain't Misbehavin'

Genie Award

  • 1983: Nominated, "Best Performance by a Foreign Actress" - Hard Feelings

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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