December 29, 1953
Albany, New York, U.S.
Alan Michael Harris (m. 1991)
Charlaine "Charlayne" Woodard (born December 29, 1953) is an American film, stage, and television actress and playwright. 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. She has played supporting roles in a number of films, include One Good Cop (1991), The Crucible (1996), Unbreakable (2000) and its sequel, Glass (2019).
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.
She has been married to Alan Harris, an intellectual property lawyer, since 1991.
|1982||Hard Feelings||Winona Lockhart||Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress|
|1991||He Said, She Said||Cindy|
|1991||One Good Cop||Cheryl Clark|
|1993||The Meteor Man||Janice Farrell|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Angel Kosinsky|
|1998||Around the Fire||Kate|
|2000||The Million Dollar Hotel||Jean Swift|
|2013||Things Never Said||Charlotte|
|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||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||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-present||Pose||Helena St. Rogers||8 episodes|
|2019||Sneaky Pete||Hickey||3 episodes|
- "Charlayne Woodard". The New York Times.
- "Charlaine Woodard – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Ryan Murphy's 'Pose,' With History-Making LGBTQ Cast, Ordered to Series at FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Charlaynewoodard.com". Retrieved 20 December 2011.