Charlayne Woodard

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Charlayne Woodard
Born (1953-12-29) December 29, 1953 (age 61)
Albany, New York, U.S.A.
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Alan Michael Harris (1991-present)

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 cast members in the Tony Award-winning Broadway 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 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Solo Performance.

Personal life[edit]

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

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

She is not related to actress Alfre Woodard.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
1982 Hard Feelings Winona Lockhart
1984 Crackers Jasmine
1988 God Bless the Child Chandra Watkins
1989 Twister Lola
1991 He Said, She Said Cindy
One Good Cop Cheryl Clark
1993 The Meteor Man Janice Farrell, Ch. 3 News
1994 Babyfever Eartha
1996 Eye for an Eye Angel Kosinsky
The Crucible Tituba
1998 Around the Fire Kate
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Jean Swift
Unbreakable Mrs. Price
Year Title Role Notes
1978 Cindy Cindy TV-Movie
1982 Taxi Nina Chambers Episode: Nina Loves Alex
1988–1989 Roseanne Vonda Green 5 episodes
1991–1992 Days of Our Lives Desiree McCall
1991–1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Janice Smith 4 episodes
1994 Frasier Arlene Episode: Flour Child
Sweet Justice Harriet Battle-Wilkins 2 episodes
1994–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Paula Michelson/Gina Wilkes 10 episodes
1995 Buffalo Girls Doosie TV-Movie
1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Gail Devers TV-Movie
1997 Touched By Evil Det. Duvall TV-Movie
2002–2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sister Peg 8 episodes
2003 D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Mildred Muhammad TV-Movie
2006 In Justice Sister Gloria Quinn 1 episode
2006–2007 ER Angela Gilliam 7 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Terissa Dyson 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


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