Fast Facts

  • While attending Howard University, received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical for her role in a production of Hair.
  • Made her Broadway debut in 2004, opposite Alfre Woodard in Drowning Crow.
  • Unsuccessfully auditioned eight times for a role in the Broadway musical Rent; eventually won the role of Joanne in the 2005 film version, and went on to appear in the final Broadway performances of the show.
  • Final audition for Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (2007) was done as a team alongside her friend Rosario Dawson; both actors landed parts in the film.
  • Has been a series regular on the short-lived As If and Wonderfalls, as well as CBS' hit Cold Case.
  • Appeared in Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair, discussing her choice to wear her hair natural.
  • Was part of the rotating cast of the revue For the Record: Baz Luhrmann at Los Angeles club Show at Barre in 2011.


  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee


  • Donald Thoms — Father
  • Austin Thoms — Brother
  • Mariana Thoms — Mother
  • McKinley "Mack" Thoms — Grandfather


  • Howard University, Washington, DC (BFA, 1997); The Juilliard School, New York, NY (2001)

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  • Birth Name: Tracie Nicole Thoms
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
  • Profession: Actor

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