Charlayne Woodard

Charlaine "Charlayne" Woodard (born December 29, 1953) is an American playwright and actress.[1] She made her debut in the original production of the musical Ain't Misbehavin', for which she received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical nomination in 1978.[2] She has played supporting roles in a number of films, include One Good Cop (1991), The Crucible (1996), Unbreakable (2000), and Glass (2019).

Charlayne Woodard
Charlaine Woodard

(1953-12-29) December 29, 1953 (age 67)
EducationArt Institute of Chicago (BFA)
OccupationActress, playwright
Years active1977–present
Alan Michael Harris
(m. 1991)


Woodard 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. She has written four plays, titled Pretty Fire, Neat, In Real Life, which she starred in, and Flight.

On television, Woodard played the title role in the 1978 musical film Cindy. For her performance in the 1982 drama film Hard Feelings, she received Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress nomination. Later film credits include Crackers (1984), Twister (1989), The Meteor Man (1993), and Eye for an Eye (1995) alongside Sally Field. She played the role of Tituba in the 1996 drama film The Crucible, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, and Elijah's mother in Unbreakable (2000), and its sequel, Glass (2019).

Woodard portrayed the recurring role of Janice in the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and of Vonda on the ABC sitcom Roseanne. From 2002 to 2011, she appeared in a recurring role on the NBC legal drama 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 other television credits include Chicago Hope, The Division, ER, and The Blacklist. In 2018, she was cast in a series regular role in the FX drama series Pose.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Woodard was trained at the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago (now at DePaul University).[4]

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



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Hard Feelings Winona Lockhart Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
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


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 miniseries
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"
2018-2019 Pose Helena St. Rogers 8 episodes
2019 Sneaky Pete Hickey 3 episodes
2019-2020 Prodigal Son Dr Gabrielle Le Deux 5 episodes
2021 All Rise Judge Prudence Jenkins 1 episode
2021 In Treatment Rhonda 8 episodes


  1. ^ "Charlayne Woodard". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2008. Archived from the original on May 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Charlaine Woodard – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ryan Murphy's 'Pose,' With History-Making LGBTQ Cast, Ordered to Series at FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved December 20, 2011.

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