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Anika Noni Rose



A slight actress with a big voice, Anika Noni Rose studied at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. After learning all she could to prepare herself, she moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage, getting her first break with a role in the Broadway production of Footloose. Rose's voice, acting, and unmistakable stage presence assured that doors would continue to open for her and she would continue to rack up prominent roles, becoming what could only be described as a truly successful career stage actress, starring in such Broadway productions as Eli's Comin', Purlie, Threepenny Opera, and Tartuffe. The actress was honored with an Obie Award as well as a Garland/Drama-Logue Award for her work, but she received by far the most success and acknowledgement for her role in the acclaimed Caroline or Change, for which she won a Tony award in 2004 for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, as well as a Lucille Lortell Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Clarence Derwent Award.



Intent on exploring every possible avenue as a performer, Rose began a career onscreen in the new millennium. She guest-starred in an episode of Third Watch, and scored a role in the American Idol contestant-driven From Justin to Kelly in 2003. Then in 2006, Rose took a role in an ideal hybrid of her talents with the big-screen version of the musical Dreamgirls, a roman à clef based on Motown girl group The Supremes. Rose played Lorrell Robinson, the member of the group who experiences the least drama in the story, but whose solid presence -- not to mention voice -- is vital to the script. The longtime pro had no problem surrendering the media spotlight to über-divas Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson, who played the other two members of the group, but few could help but notice what a force to be reckoned with the Broadway talent was. After the movie and its impending media blitz was over, Rose reprised her role in Caroline or Change in L.A. and San Francisco before she returned with the musical to Broadway.



In 2009 she made history voicing the first African-American princess in Disney history when she played Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, and later joined the cast of the hit CBS series The Good Wife. Her big-screen resume continued with the ambitious Tyler Perry project For Colored Girls.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Quad
  • Dr. Eva Fletcher
2017
51% Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Kainene
2014
No Score Yet A Day Late and a Dollar Short
  • Paris
2014
44% Khumba
  • Lungisa
2013
14% As Cool As I Am
  • Frances
2013
No Score Yet The Watsons Go to Birmingham
  • Wilona Watson
2013
No Score Yet Skyler
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith
  • Annette Covington
2011
32% For Colored Girls
  • Yasmine/Yellow
2010
84% The Princess and the Frog
  • Princess Tiana
2009
No Score Yet The Starter Wife
  • Lavender
2007
No Score Yet Just Add Water
  • R'Ch'lle
2007
78% Dreamgirls
  • Lorrell Robinson
2006
70% POV
  • Actor
2006
7% Surviving Christmas
  • Choir
2004
10% From Justin To Kelly
  • Kaya
2003

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
Chopped Junior
2015
  • Judge
97% Roots
2016
  • Kizzy
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Hotel Maid
Elementary
  • Dr. Carrie Dwyer
25% Stephen King's Bag of Bones
2011
  • Sara Tidwell
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Marta
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Corinne
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
Sofia the First
2013
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Wendy Scott-Carr
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
95% Elementary
2012
  • Carrie Dwyer Dr. Carrie Dwyer

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