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Anika Noni Rose : Wilona Watson
Anika Noni Rose, who received her Master of Fine Arts degree from American Conservatory Theater, shot to prominence with her Tony® Award winning performance in the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori Broadway musical, Caroline, or Change. She landed her first major film role when director Bill Condon chose her to play Lorrell Robinson in “Dreamgirls.” Rose later gave voice to Disney’s first African American princess, Princess Tiana, in the Oscar®-winning “The Princess and the Frog.”

Rose has appeared opposite Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth in CBS’ “The Good Wife.” She also finished filming the Nigerian-set “Half of a Yellow Sun” with Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Other film credits include “For Colored Girls...”, “Just Add Water” and the upcoming “As Cool As I Am.” She has also appeared on the small screen in the A&E miniseries “Bag of Bones,” ABC’s “Private Practice,” CBS’ “Elementary” and Fox’s “The Simpsons.”

Rose received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her supporting work in HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” as well as for her work in NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and ABC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame “Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith.”

In addition to her Tony® Award, Rose’s work in theater has garnered her many nominations and accolades including the Theater World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, the Los Angeles Critics’ Circle Award, an Ovation Award, an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination. She has played characters in Deborah Allen’s Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Footloose, the Off-Broadway production of the Laura Nyro musical Eli's Comin’ and Stephen Sondheim’s revival of Company for the New York Philharmonic and PBS. In 2011, she and Orlando Bloom portrayed the title roles in the L.A. Phil Live production of Romeo & Juliet with Gustavo Dudamel conducting selections from Tchaikovsky’s three Overture Fantasies.