NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

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The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series:

(Prior to 1995, this category was called "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie.")


  • Most Nominations: Updated 2014
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Della Reese CCH Pounder
Chandra Wilson
Vanessa A. Williams
Nicole Ari Parker
Lorraine Toussaint
Regina King
S. Epatha Merkerson
Khandi Alexander
Regina Taylor
Malinda Williams
Victoria Rowell
Alfre Woodard
Wendy Davis
Sandra Oh
Total Nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations 4 nominations 3 nominations







Winners[edit]

Year Actress Television Series Nominees
1988 Cicely Tyson Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
1989 Alfre Woodard Unnatural Causes
1990 Alfre Woodard Mandela
1991  ? ?
1992 Alfre Woodard A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story
1993 Lynn Whitfield The Josephine Baker Story
1994
1995 Regina Taylor I'll Fly Away
1996 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Vanessa Bell Calloway-"Under One Roof"
Victoria Rowell-"Diagnosis Murder"
Cicely Tyson-"Sweet Justice"
Cree Summer-"Sweet Justice"
1997 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Lauren Velez-"New York Undercover"
S. Epatha Merkerson-"Law & Order"
Gloria Reuben-"E.R."
Vanessa A. Williams-"Chicago Hope"
1998 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Shari Headley-"413 Hope St."
S. Epatha Merkerson-"Law & Order"
Vanessa Bell Calloway-"Orleans"
Lauren Velez-"New York Undercover"
1999 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Victoria Rowell-"Diagnosis Murder"
Rita Moreno-"Oz"
Lorraine Toussaint-"Any Day Now"
S. Epatha Merkerson-"Law & Order"
2000 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Victoria Rowell-"Diagnosis Murder"
Michael Michele-"Homicide: Life on the Streets"
Rita Moreno-"Oz"
Lorraine Toussaint-"Any Day Now"
2001 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Nicole Ari Parker-"Soul Food"
S. Epatha Merkerson-"Law & Order"
Lorraine Toussain-"Any Day Now"
Vanessa A. Williams-"Soul Food"
2002 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Nicole Ari Parker-"Soul Food"
Loretta Devine-"Boston Public"
Tangi Miller-"Felicity"
Loretta Devine-"Boston Public"
2003 Vanessa A. Williams Soul Food CCH Pounder-"The Shield"
Malinda Williams-"Soul Food"
Lorraine Toussaint-"Any Day Now"
Nicole Ari Parker-"Soul Food"
2004 Nia Long Third Watch Vanessa A. Williams-"Soul Food"
Nicole Ari Parker-"Soul Food"
Malinda Williams-"Soul Food"
CCH Pounder-"The Shield"
2005 Nia Long Third Watch Vanessa A. Williams-"Soul Food"
Nicole Ari Parker-"Soul Food"
Malinda Williams-"Soul Food"
Vivica A. Fox-"1-800 Missing"
2006 Vivica A. Fox Missing Kimberly Elise-"Close to Home"
Marianne Jean-Baptiste-"Without a Trace"
Khandi Alexander-"CSI: Miami"
CCH Pounder-"The Shield"
2007 Kimberly Elise Close to Home CCH Pounder-"The Shield"
Regina Taylor-"The Unit"
Jennifer Beals-"The L Word"
Roselyn Sanchez-"Without a Trace"
2008 Regina Taylor The Unit Jennifer Beals-"The L Word"
CCH Pounder-"The Shield"
Nicki Micheaux-"Lincoln Heights"
Wendy Davis-"Army Wives"
2009 Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy CCH Pounder-"The Shield"
Nicki Micheaux-"Lincoln Heights"
Wendy Davis-"Army Wives"
Loretta Devine-"Eli Stone"
2010 Jada Pinkett Smith HawthoRNe Sandra Oh-"Grey's Anatomy"
Regina King-"Southland"
Jill Scott-"The Ladies No. Detective Agency"
Chandra Wilson-"Grey's Anatomy"
2011 Regina King Southland Gugu Mbatha-Raw-"Undercovers"
Jada Pinkett Smith-"HawthoRNe"
Chandra Wilson-"Grey's Anatomy"
Wendy Davis-"Army Wives"
2012 Regina King Southland Sandra Oh-"Grey's Anatomy"
Taraji P. Henson-"Person of Interest"
Khandi Alexander-"Treme"
Chandra Wilson-"Grey's Anatomy"
2013 Kerry Washington Scandal Sandra Oh-"Grey's Anatomy"
Regina King-"Southland"
Khandi Alexander-"Treme"
Chandra Wilson-"Grey's Anatomy"
2014 Kerry Washington Scandal Nicole Beharie-"Sleepy Hallow"
Regina King-"Southland"
Khandi Alexander-"Treme"
Chandra Wilson-"Grey's Anatomy"