Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Highest Rated: 80% Sunshine State (2002)

Lowest Rated: 8% Eye for an Eye (1996)

Birthday: Dec 29, 1953

Birthplace: Albany, New York, USA

American actress and playwright Charlayne Woodard turned early Broadway success into a career that spanned over several decades. The New York native was nominated for a Tony for her performance in the original cast of "Ain't Misbehavin'", a role that she began as a 24-year-old. While appearing on Broadway, she starred in "Cindy" (ABC, 1978), a television adaption of the classic "Cinderella" fairy tale told with an all African-American cast. She made an equally splashy feature film debut when she joined "Ain't Misbehavin'" costar Nell Carter as one of the "White Boys" singers in Milos Forman's big screen rendering of the musical "Hair" (1979). After starring in the Canadian drama "Hard Feelings" (1982), she spent the next several years taking small roles on television shows such as "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-83) and "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC, 1985-88), while mixing in small roles in features like Louis Malle's "Crackers" (1984). She starred opposite Harry Dean Stanton and Crispin Glover in the dramedy "Twister" (1989), and then began a recurring role on the hit sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-97, 2018-). Woodard portrayed Vonda, one of the factory coworkers of the title character. She then began appearing on the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Live" (NBC, 1965-) as Desiree McCall. She continued working in features with roles in the Kevin Bacon comedy "He Said, She Said" (1991) and the Michael Keaton crime drama "One Good Cop" (1991). Another high-profile recurring part followed when she was cast as one of Will Smith's aunts on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). During this time period, Woodard found new success as a playwright. Her initial offering "Pretty Fire" debuted in 1993 and went on to win multiple awards. Her television career continued to flourish as she added recurring roles on the popular medical dramas "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). She also enjoyed a memorable multi-episode turn playing Catholic nun Sister Peg on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Her character was ultimately killed in an accidental shooting. She gained notice on the big screen playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder in the film adaption of "The Crucible" (1996). Her film work included a pivotal role in M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable" (2000), and its sequel "Glass" (2019). While remaining active in theater productions, Woodard kept her hand in television with guest roles in shows like "The Leftovers" (HBO, 2014-17) and "The Blacklist" (NBC, 2013-).

Highest rated movies

Sunshine State
The Crucible
Things Never Said
Glass He Said, She Said
The Million Dollar Hotel




36% 67% Glass Mrs. Price (Character) $111.0M 2019
67% 82% Things Never Said Charlotte (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 53% DC Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Mildred Muhammad (Character) - 2003
80% 57% Sunshine State Loretta (Character) $3.1M 2002
25% 67% The Million Dollar Hotel Jean Swift (Character) $52.5K 2000
70% 77% Unbreakable Elijah's Mother (Character) $95.0M 2000
No Score Yet 74% Around the Fire Kate (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by Evil Det. Duvall (Character) - 1997
8% 55% Eye for an Eye Angel Kosinsky (Character) $25.7M 1996
68% 66% The Crucible Tituba (Character) $7.3M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Gail Devers (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 67% Buffalo Girls Doosie (Character) - 1995
47% 33% Angie Floor Nurse (Character) $9.3M 1994
31% 34% He Said, She Said Cindy (Character) $8.7M 1991
15% 32% One Good Cop Cheryl Clark (Character) $11.3M 1991
No Score Yet 44% Twister Lola (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard Feelings Winona Lockhart (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cindy Cindy (Character) - 1978


98% 86% Pose Helena St. Rogers (Character) 2018-2019 2021
56% 44% All Rise Judge Prudence Jenkins (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet 62% Bull Dawn Taylor (Guest Star) 2020
58% 86% Prodigal Son Dr. Gabrielle Le Deux (Guest Star) 2019
36% 89% Bluff City Law Gertrude (Guest Star) 2019
91% 90% The Leftovers Lois Makepeace (Guest Star) 2015
75% 86% Chasing Life Monica Bradley (Guest Star) 2015
90% 82% Bones Diane Rollins (Guest Star) 2012
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sister Peg (Guest Star) 2002-2006 2011
No Score Yet 77% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
85% 86% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 83% ER Angela Gilliam (Guest Star) 2006-2007
52% 60% Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
40% No Score Yet In Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wedding Unknown (Character) 1998
63% No Score Yet Bless This House Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Doosie (Character) 1995
93% 93% Frasier Arlene (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 93% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1991-1993
76% 69% Roseanne Vonda (Guest Star) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Emanja Mora (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet 100% Taxi Nina Chambers (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legacy Project Guest