Aug. 19th, 1975
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Tracie Thoms' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Good Hair
2009 - Peter and Vandy
2008 - Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway
2007 - Death Proof
2007 - Grindhouse
2006 - The Devil Wears Prada
2005 - Rent
2004 - Brother to Brother
Guest TV Roles
Tracie Nicole Thoms is best known for her roles in Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Proof, and the short-lived Fox television series Wonderfalls. Thoms was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Mariana and Donald H. Thoms.(VP, Programming-PBS) She has a younger brother, Austin. She started studying acting when she was ten and later on attended the Baltimore School for the Arts.
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University in 1997. She then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30 (1997–2001), which also included actors Lee Pace and Anthony Mackie.
- Like the other seven lead characters, her character in _Rent (2005)_ (qv), Joanne, is based on a character from La Boheme. Hers was based on Alcindoro, a counselor of state. Hers is the only character whose predecessor was the opposite gender, a change made by 'Jonathan Larson' (qv) to make reference to his own ex-girlfriend leaving him for another woman.
- Her father, Donald Thoms, is VP, Production at Discovery Studios, the in-house documentary production arm of Discovery Networks. Donald also hosts the Maryland Public Television Telethons.
- Has remained extremely close friends with her past co-stars 'Rosario Dawson' (qv), 'Wilson Jermaine Heredia' (qv), and 'Adrienne Wilkinson' (qv).
- In 2008, Tracie was asked to join the final Broadway cast of RENT, playing Joanne Jefferson, the role that she played in the 2005 film and had always wanted to play on stage. She accepted and was on stage from July 26 2008 until the final show on September 7, 2008.
- Graduated from Juilliard, where she was classmates with _"Wonderfalls" (2004)_ (qv) co-star 'Lee Pace' (qv).
- Graduated from Howard University with a bachelor's in fine arts.
- Has stated publicly that she saw the original Broadway cast in the stage production of Rent and their performances inspired her to audition several times for the show (all unsuccessful). She finally had her opportunity to join the cast in 2005 when she became one of two "new" principal actors to join most of the original Broadway cast in the feature film version.
- Graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 1993. Hosted a premiere of Rent in Baltimore as a benefit for the school in November 2005.