Tracie Thoms

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Tracie Thoms
File:Tracie Thoms.jpg
Thoms at the L.A. Confidential/Belvedere/Water Club/Sapporo Emmy party, September 20, 2008
Born Tracie Nicole Thoms
(1975-08-19) August 19, 1975 (age 46)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Education Howard University (1997),
Juilliard School (2001)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

Tracie Nicole Thoms (born August 19, 1975) is an American television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her roles in Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Proof, and the short-lived Fox television series Wonderfalls.

Early life and education

Thoms was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Mariana (Davis) and Donald H. Thoms, a VP of Programming at PBS and television director.[1][2][3] She has a younger brother, Austin. She started studying acting at age 10 and later on attended the Baltimore School for the Arts.

She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University in 1997. She then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30 (1997–2001), which also included actors Lee Pace and Anthony Mackie.[4]


Thoms is known for her role of Mahandra McGinty in the television show Wonderfalls. She also played the part of Sasha in the US version of the T.V. series As If, which was cancelled after three episodes. Most recently she has been added to the cast of the CBS crime drama Cold Case, as the homicide detective, Kat Miller. Thoms has also made guest appearances on Law & Order and The Shield.

Thoms has appeared in several movies, most notably in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent in which she plays Joanne Jefferson, lawyer and lover of Maureen Johnson (Idina Menzel). She took over the role from Fredi Walker, who played Joanne in the original Broadway production of Rent but decided not to reprise her role due to her age. Prior to being cast as Joanne, Thoms had considered herself a fan of the show, having seen it on Broadway several times.

She was featured in the 2002 Comedy Central film Porn 'n Chicken and the 2004 films Brother to Brother and The Warrior Class. Thoms appeared in the 2006 film version of The Devil Wears Prada as Lily. Thoms has completed filming on the City Lights Pictures movie Descent along with Rent co-stars Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Rosario Dawson and will soon begin filming Jimmie with co-stars Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight. She appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, alongside Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Thoms made her Broadway debut in Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow. She has also appeared in several off-Broadway and regional productions, including Up Against the Wind (New York Theater Workshop), The Oedipus Plays (The Shakespeare Theater), A Raisin in the Sun (Baltimore CenterStage) Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Missouri Rep), The Exonerated (Off Broadway's The Culture Project) and The Antigone Project (The Women's Project). On July 18, 2008, she joined the final cast of Rent starting July 26, 2008, reprising the character of Joanne, replacing Merle Dandridge. The final performance was made into a DVD: Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.

Thoms reprised her role as Joanne for another production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, at the Hollywood Bowl from August 6–8, 2010.[5]

In the fall of 2010 she appeared in the concert revue For The Record: Quentin Tarantino in Los Angeles, presented by ROCKLA for Show at Barre. It ran from August 12, 2010, to October 30, 2010, and also starred Jenna Leigh Green, Autumn Reeser, Ty Taylor, and Audra Mae. From November 2010 through January 2011, Thoms starred in Show At Barre's For The Record: John Hughes, alongside Barrett Foa, Von Smith and Ty Taylor. In 2011 she appeared at Show At Barre in the revue For the Record: Baz Luhrmann, from February 12, 2011, to June 30, 2011, with Jenna Leigh Green, Arielle Jacobs, Tinuke Oyefule and Kate Reinders.

She played Etta, Diana's personal assistant, in NBC's Wonder Woman pilot.[6]

Thoms had a role in the 2014 version of Annie, playing Annie's "fake mother", a character based on Lily St. Regis in the original musical.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Brother to Brother Mother
2005 Everyone's Depressed Crystal
2005 Rent Joanne Jefferson
2006 Devil Wears Prada, TheThe Devil Wears Prada Lily
2007 Warrior Class, TheThe Warrior Class Thelma Rosbach Video
2007 Descent Denise
2007 Death Proof Kim
2007 Sex and Breakfast Sarah
2008 Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway Joanne Jefferson
2009 Peter and Vandy Marissa
2009 Good Hair Herself
2011 I Will Follow Tiffany
2012 Safe House CIA Analyst
2012 Meeting Evil Latisha Rogers
2012 Looper Beatrix
2013 Raze Teresa
2014 Annie Annie's 'Mom'
Year Title Role Notes
2002 America's Most Terrible Things Terri TV movie
2002 As If Sasha 7 episodes
2002 Porn 'n Chicken Andrea TV movie
2003 Shield, TheThe Shield Bonnie Episode: "Dominoes Falling"
2004 Wonderfalls Mahandra McGinty 12 episodes
2005 Law & Order Linda Ziman Episode: "Mammon"
2005 Independent Lens Mom on Subway Episode: "Brother to Brother"
2005-2010 Cold Case Kat Miller 103 episodes
2008 This Can't Be My Life Rachel Brooks Episode: "The Pink Pages"
2009 Private Practice Colette Episode: "Pushing the Limits"
2010 Human Target Michelle Episode: "Dead Head"
2011 Wonder Woman Etta Candy TV pilot
2011 Suits Becky Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2011 Bandwagon: The Series Tracie Thoms 11 episodes
2011 Harry's Law Katherine 4 episodes
2013 Emily Owens M.D. Natalia Gorgia Episode "Emily and... The Teapot"
2013 Gothica[7] Mina Character based on Mina Harker
2013 Person of Interest Monica Jacobs Episode "Trojan Horse"
2014 Veep Alicia Bryce Episode: "Alicia"
2014 Catfish: The TV Show Herself Season 3 Episode 5
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Drowning Crow Mary Bow
2008 Rent Joanne Jefferson Replacement
2010 Rent Joanne Jefferson
2011-2012 Stick Fly Taylor
2014- "Lost Lake" Tracie Thoms (herself)


  1. Rousuck, J. Wynn (November 24, 2005). "After years of auditions, Baltimore-born actress Tracie Thoms finally gets her dream job. ; 'Rent' check". The Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "McKinley Thoms, 92, machinist, caterer". The Baltimore Sun. May 7, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Alumni News for May 2008". The Juilliard Journal. May 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Brady, Tveit, Astin And Thoms Join RENT At Hollywood Bowl". April 30, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Andreeva, Nellie (March 3, 2011). "Elizabeth Hurley & Tracie Thoms Join NBC's 'Wonder Woman'". Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Gothica (TV 2013)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 18, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links