Audra McDonald


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Audra McDonald was born on July 3, 1970 in Berlin, Germany as Audra Ann McDonald. She's an actress and singer, best known for her many roles on Broadway. Her mother was a university administrator and her father was a high school principal stationed in West Berlin with the U.S. Army. She has a younger sister and grew up in Fresno, California. She ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Beauty and the Beast Madame Garderobe
(2017)
Private Practice Dr. Naomi Bennett
(2007-2013)
A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger
(2008)
The Sound of Music Live! Mother Abbess
(2013)

Filmography

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 2022 The Gilded Age (TV Series)
Dorothy Scott
- Let the Tournament Begin (2022) ... Dorothy Scott
- Tucked Up in Newport (2022) ... Dorothy Scott
- Heads Have Rolled for Less (2022) ... Dorothy Scott
- Charity Has Two Functions (2022) ... Dorothy Scott
- A Long Ladder (2022) ... Dorothy Scott
 2018-2021 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Liz Reddick / Liz Reddick-Lawrence
- And the Violence Spread. (2021) ... Liz Reddick
- And the End Was Violent... (2021) ... Liz Reddick
- And the Détente Had an End... (2021) ... Liz Reddick
- And the Fight Had a Détente... (2021) ... Liz Reddick
- And the Two Partners Had a Fight... (2021) ... Liz Reddick
 2021 Respect
Barbara
 2021 The Bite (TV Mini Series)
Rachel
- The Sixth Wave (2021) ... Rachel
- The Fourth Wave (2021) ... Rachel
- The Fifth Wave (2021) ... Rachel
- The Third Wave (2021) ... Rachel
- The Second Wave (2021) ... Rachel
 2020 Vampirina (TV Series short)
Medusa
- Vee and the Family Stone/Twin Trouble (2020) ... Medusa (voice)
 2020 Central Park (TV Series)
Ashley
- A Fish Called Snakehead (2020) ... Ashley (voice)
 2020 Heads Will Roll (Podcast Series)
Queen Chantraine
- What a Life (2020) ... Queen Chantraine (voice)
- Alumni Weekend (2020) ... Queen Chantraine (voice)
- Road Trip (2020) ... Queen Chantraine (voice)
- The Mole (2020) ... Queen Chantraine (voice)
- Sirens (2020) ... Queen Chantraine (voice)
 2018-2019 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Mother Superior
- A Quick One, While He's Away (2019) ... Mother Superior (voice)
- Head in the Clouds (2018) ... Mother Superior (voice)
 2017/I Hello Again
Sally
 2017/I Beauty and the Beast
Madame Garderobe
 2016 Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (TV Movie)
Caroler
 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (TV Movie)
Lady Day
 2015 Ricki and the Flash
Maureen
 2015 Doc McStuffins (TV Series)
Itty Bitty Bess
- Itty Bitty Bess Takes Flight (2015) ... Itty Bitty Bess (voice)
 2013 The Ordained (TV Movie)
Anthea
 2013 The Sound of Music Live! (TV Special)
Mother Abbess
 2013 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Liz Lawrence
- Runnin' with the Devil (2013) ... Liz Lawrence
 2013 It Could Be Worse (TV Series)
Sharon
- Starring Veronica Bailey (2013) ... Sharon
 2012-2013 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Chicken
- Figure It Out, Baby Figure It Out (2013) ... Chicken (singing voice)
- Elmo and Zoe's Hat Contest (2012) ... Chicken (singing voice)
- Don't Wake the Baby (2012) ... Chicken (singing voice)
 2007-2013 Private Practice (TV Series)
Dr. Naomi Bennett
- In Which We Say Goodbye (2013) ... Dr. Naomi Bennett
- ...To Change the Things I Can (2011) ... Dr. Naomi Bennett
- God Bless the Child (2011) ... Dr. Naomi Bennett
- Something Old, Something New (2011) ... Dr. Naomi Bennett
- What We Have Here... (2011) ... Dr. Naomi Bennett (credit only)
 2011 Rampart
Sarah
 2010 Submissions Only (TV Series)
Tracy Mintzner
- Dangerous Anaesthesia ... Tracy Mintzner
 2009 She Got Problems (Short)
Audra McDonald
 2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Dr. Naomi Bennett
- Before and After (2009) ... Dr. Naomi Bennett
 2008 A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie)
Ruth Younger
 2007 Great Performances (TV Series)
Jenny Smith
- Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2007) ... Jenny Smith
 2006-2007 Kidnapped (TV Series)
Jackie Hayes
- Front Page (2007) ... Jackie Hayes
- Number One with a Bullet (2006) ... Jackie Hayes
- Pilot (2006) ... Jackie Hayes
 2006 The Bedford Diaries (TV Mini Series)
Professor Carla Bonatelle / Professor Carla Bonatella
- Risky Business (2006) ... Professor Carla Bonatelle
- Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (2006) ... Professor Carla Bonatelle
- The Passion of the Beaver (2006) ... Professor Carla Bonatelle
- Love and the Tenth Planet (2006) ... Professor Carla Bonatella
- The Art and Science of Manipulation (2006) ... Professor Carla Bonatelle
 2005 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Clara
- American Songbook - Passion (2005) ... Clara
 2003 Tea Time with Roy & Sylvia (Short)
Sylvia
 2003 It Runs in the Family
Sarah Langley
 2003 Partners and Crime (TV Movie)
 2003 Mister Sterling (TV Series)
Jackie Brock
- Sins of the Father (2003) ... Jackie Brock
- Final Passage (2003) ... Jackie Brock
- Wish List (2003) ... Jackie Brock
- The Statewide Swing (2003) ... Jackie Brock
- Nothing Personal (2003) ... Jackie Brock
 2001 Wit (TV Movie)
Susie Monahan
 2000 The Last Debate (TV Movie)
Barbara Manning
 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Audrey Jackson
- Slaves (2000) ... Audrey Jackson
- Contact (2000) ... Audrey Jackson
 1999 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Grace Farrell
- Annie (1999) ... Grace Farrell
 1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Teresa Giardello
- Forgive Us Our Trespasses (1999) ... Teresa Giardello
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
Blitzstein - 'Joe Worker' Singer
 1999 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (TV Movie)
Bessie in her 20s
 1998 The Object of My Affection
Wedding Singer
 1996 Seven Servants
Opera Singer
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Marie Christine") in "Marie Christine" on Broadway. NOTE: She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Audra Ann McDonald

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Will Swenson  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Stanley McDonald Jr. | Anna Kathryn

Relatives:

Alison McDonald (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

[on performing virtually] I don't love it. I'm addicted to what I call the holy communion between the audience and the artist. But I understand the necessity of it because we still need the arts. We need theatre. We need music. We need inspiration. We need catharsis. We need being in touch with our humanity. See more »

Trivia:

She almost didn't graduate from Juilliard because of her lack of interest in classical music, but with the help of a fellow student, impressed her teachers and went on to become a huge Broadway star. See more »

Trademark:

Singing ability.

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