Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
Charlaine "Charlayne" Woodard (born December 29, 1953) is an American film, stage and television actress and playwright. She has written four plays, titled Pretty Fire, Neat, In Real Life, which she starred in, and Flight.
She portrayed the recurring role of Janice on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She played the role of Vonda on Roseanne, and also appeared in a recurring role on 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 film credits include the role of Tituba in The Crucible, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, Elijah's mother in Unbreakable alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis, and Angel Kosinsky in Eye for an Eye, alongside Sally Field.
She was one of the original cast members in the Tony Award-winning Broadway 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.
Woodard was trained at the Goodman School of Drama.
She has been married to Alan Harris, an intellectual property lawyer, since 1991.
|1982||Hard Feelings||Winona Lockhart|
|1991||He Said, She Said||Cindy|
|1991||One Good Cop||Cheryl Clark|
|1993||Meteor Man, TheThe Meteor Man||Janice Farrell|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Angel Kosinsky|
|1996||Crucible, TheThe Crucible||Tituba|
|1998||Around the Fire||Kate|
|2000||Million Dollar Hotel, TheThe Million Dollar Hotel||Jean Swift|
|2013||Things Never Said||Charlotte|
|2019||Glass||Mrs. Price||In post-production|
|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||Different World, AA Different World||Medic||"21 Candles"|
|1991-1992||Days of Our Lives||Desiree McCall||TV series|
|1991-1993||Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe 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||Division, TheThe 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||Leftovers, TheThe Leftovers||Lois Makepeace||"A Matter of Geography"|