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Patina Miller
Patina Miller.jpg
Miller in 2011
Background information
Birth namePatina Renea Miller
Born (1984-11-06) November 6, 1984 (age 34)
OriginPageland, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active2007–present

Patina Renea Miller (born November 6, 1984) is an American actress and singer. Miller is best known for originating the role of disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier in the 2009 West End and 2011 Broadway productions of Sister Act. She also starred as the Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

She is also known for her role as Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films, and her starring role as Daisy Grant in the CBS political drama Madam Secretary.

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Early life and education

Born in Pageland, South Carolina,[1] and raised in a single parent home,[2] she was introduced to music at an early age and sang with the gospel choir at her local church. She attended South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities[3] and in 2006 graduated with a degree in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, which she attended on a full scholarship.[1] She has credited her time at Carnegie Mellon as a big part of her life, saying, "It was there that I studied and really realized that I could make my dream a reality. I'm so thankful to all my teachers who helped me to become the performer I am today. I'm so proud of my school and feel so blessed to have gotten such a wonderful education and made lifelong friends."[4]

Miller during a performance of Sister Act on the West End, 2010
Miller during a performance of Sister Act on the West End, 2010


In 2005, Miller was one of three finalists for the role of Effie White in the musical drama Dreamgirls, which ultimately won Jennifer Hudson the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[3] In 2007, she was cast as Pam Henderson in the daytime soap opera All My Children and appeared in 30 episodes of the show.[3][5] She performed in a Central Park production of Hair in the summer of 2008 and was featured in the musical Romantic Poetry at the Manhattan Theatre Club that fall.[6]

Miller was cast as the lead role of Delores Van Cartier in Sister Act, a role she had understudied for six months during its initial run in the United States,[2] following a year-long international search.[6] The London production opened on June 2, 2009 at the London Palladium, and although it received mixed reviews, most critics singled out Miller and praised her performance. Benedict Nightingale of The Times cited her "terrific voice" and continued, "Add warmth, humour, vivacity—and you've a star who lacks Whoopi's wry vulnerability but adds dazzle to the razzle around her,"[7] while David Benedict of Variety thought her "powerhouse vocals, pitched somewhere between Gloria Gaynor and Whitney Houston, and her thrillingly fast vibrato act as the show's engine."[8] For this role Miller won the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[9][10] She remained with the production till it closed on October 30, 2010.[11]

Miller reprised the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the Broadway production of Sister Act, which began performances on March 24, 2011, at the Broadway Theatre and officially opened April 20, 2011. Miller also made her Broadway debut in this production.[12] For this role she won a Theatre World Award[13] and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical,[14] the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical,[15] the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance,[16] and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.[17] She played her final performance in the Broadway company on March 18, 2012 and was replaced by Raven-Symoné on March 27.[18] Miller also starred as Linda in the City Center Encores! production of Lost in the Stars, which ran from February 3–6, 2011.[19]

She performed as the Leading Player in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin from December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013.[20] Miller recently reprised the role in the Broadway revival, which began performances on March 23, 2013, at the Music Box Theatre and officially opened on April 25, 2013.[21] She won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 67th Tony Awards for this role.[22][23]

Miller played Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 in 2015.[24] In May 2014, it was announced that she was cast as Daisy Grant, press coordinator to Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) in the CBS political drama Madam Secretary. The show premiered on Sunday, September 21, 2014, on CBS as part of the 2014–15 television season.[25][26][27]

Personal life

On June 14, 2014, Miller married venture capitalist David Mars in New York City. Robin Burch, Miller’s mother, who is a Baptist minister, officiated at the ceremony.[28] Their daughter, Emerson Harper, was born on August 9, 2017 in New York City. [29]


  • Sister Act the Musical London Cast Recording (2009)[30]
  • What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up by Scott Alan, singing the song "Taking Back My Life" (2010)[31]
  • Out of Our Heads by Kooman and Dimond, singing the song "Random Black Girl" (2011)[32]
  • Pippin Broadway Revival Cast Recording (2013)[33]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Commander Paylor
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Commander Paylor


Year Title Role Notes
2007–08 All My Children Pam Henderson 31 episodes
2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Deloris Van Cartier Episode: "#4.35"
2014–present Madam Secretary Daisy Grant 92 episodes
2016 Word Party Narrator 26 episodes
2017 Mercy Street Charlotte 6 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Sister Act Ensemble/Deloris Van Cartier (understudy) Pasadena Playhouse
2007 Alliance Theatre Company
2008 Hair Sheila Central Park
2009 Putting It Together Performer New York
2010 Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier West End
2011–12 Broadway
2012 Lost in the Stars Linda Encores!
2013–14 Pippin Leading Player Broadway


In 2014, she performed at Lincoln Center - the concert was broadcast on PBS as Patina Miller in Concert.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Sister Act Nominated
2011 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Theatre World Award Won
2013 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Pippin Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Won
Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
2015 Black Reel Award Outstanding Female Breakthrough Performance The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Nominated


  1. ^ a b Patina Miller bio at the Sister Act website Archived 2009-06-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "Brief Encounter"[permanent dead link], June 1, 2009
  3. ^ a b c Pageland blogProgressive Journal, May 2, 2007
  4. ^ " 'Sister Act' " Carnegie Mellon
  5. ^ Miller appearances on All My Children Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ a b "'Sister Act'"[permanent dead link], January 29, 2009
  7. ^ ReviewThe Times
  8. ^ "Review"Variety
  9. ^ "Full List: 2010 Award Winners"
  10. ^ " 'Spring Awakening', 'Enron' and 'Red' Score Big in Olivier Nominations" Archived 2010-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Avenue Q, Sister Act close tonight
  12. ^ "Patina Miller to Star in Broadway's 'Sister Act The Musical' " Archived 2010-11-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Ellen Barkin, Patina Miller, John Larroquette, Jim Parsons, Tony Sheldon and More Win Theatre World Awards Archived 2011-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "2011 Tony Nominations Announced; 'Book of Mormon' Earns 14 Nominations" Archived September 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., May 3, 2011
  15. ^ "Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include 'Sister Act', 'Anything Goes', 'Book of Mormon' " Archived April 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ " 'Book of Mormon', 'Priscilla', 'Sister Act', 'War Horse', 'Good People' and More Are Drama League Nominees Archived 2011-04-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations" Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ It's Official: She's Fabulous! Raven-Symoné Joins SISTER ACT Mar. 27; Patina Miller Departs Mar. 18
  19. ^ "Encores! 'Lost in the Stars' to Feature Chuck Cooper, Daniel Breaker, Patina Miller" Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ "Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas and More to Lead PIPPIN at A.R.T. - Full Cast Announced!"
  21. ^ Pippin Will Arrive on Broadway With Complete A.R.T. Cast, Including Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin Archived 2013-02-16 at Retrieved February 4, 2013
  22. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 13, 2013). "Pippin Is Big Winner of 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Playbill. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  23. ^ Purcell, Carey (2013-06-09). "Kinky Boots, Vanya and Sonia, Pippin and Virginia Woolf? Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  24. ^ Carly Mallenbaum (September 18, 2013). "'Hunger Games' casts Broadway's Patina Miller". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  25. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 17, 2014). "'Smash's' Katharine McPhee to Star in CBS Genius Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  26. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2014). "CBS Orders 'CSI: Cyber', 'NCIS: New Orleans', 'The Odd Couple', 'Stalker', 'Madam Secretary', 'Scorpion' & 'The McCarthys'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  27. ^ Swift, Andy (May 9, 2014). "Fall TV: CBS Orders NCIS and CSI Spin-Offs, Odd Couple, Kevin Williamson's Stalker and 4 More to Series (But Not How I Met Your Dad?)". TVLine. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  28. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (11 July 2014). "On Stage and in His Life, the Leading Player". The New York Times. New York City.
  29. ^ Juneau, Jen (11 August 2017). "Patina Miller Welcomes Daughter Emerson Harper".
  30. ^ " 'Sister Act: The Musical' To Release Cast Recording 7/27, July 27, 2009
  31. ^ "Photo Coverage: The Songs of Scott Alan at Barnes & Noble", December 4, 2010
  32. ^ [1], June 28, 2011
  33. ^ PIPPIN Cast Recording Released Today! June 15, 2013

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