|Born:||Tanya Patrice Wright|
May 3, 1971
New York City, New York, USA
Biography and career[edit | edit source]
Tanya Wright was born in the Bronx, New York. She grew up with her mother and three siblings. Wright received a scholarship to the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where she completed her high school degree. After that, she studied English at Vassar College.
Tanya debuted on The Cosby Show in 1986. After that, she appeared in shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 (with Jon Gries), Moesha, Family Matters, and The District (with Richard Burgi and Michelle Forbes). After this, she was offered the role of Patty on 24. When the season ended, she had a brief recurring role as Officer Maya Anderson on NYPD Blue (with Esai Morales and Joe Nieves). After this, she was offered one of the leads on the show The Handler (with Brent Briscoe), but the show was canceled after one season.
More recently, she has appeared on shows like Strong Medicine, Windfall (with Lana Parrilla), ER (with Leland Orser and Lucinda Jenney), Standoff (with Gina Torres, Michael Cudlitz, and Susan Gibney), and a brief recurring role on True Blood (with Michelle Forbes, John Billingsley, Giles Matthey, and Dean Norris).
Although most of her work has been on television, Tanya has also appeared on films like The Brothers, Mutiny (with Michael Cavanaugh), and Ralph & Stanley.
24 credits[edit | edit source]
Selected filmography[edit | edit source]
- Why Stop Now? (2012)
- Butterfly Rising (2010)
- The Brothers (2001)
- Madam Secretary (2018)
- Orange Is the New Black (2013-2018)
- True Blood (2008-2014)
- ER (2007)
- NYPD Blue (2002)
- Police Academy: The Series (1998)
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994)
- The Cosby Show (1986)