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Patina Miller
Patina Miller.jpg
Patina Miller attends 13th Annual Broadway Barks Benefit on July 9, 2011 at Shubert Alley in New York City.
Born (1984-11-06) November 6, 1984 (age 36)
Pageland, South Carolina, U.S.
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2007–present
David Mars
(m. 2014)

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. This role earned her a 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.

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]


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] 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.[5]

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

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.[5] 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,"[6] 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."[7] 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.[8][9] She remained with the production till it closed on October 30, 2010.[10]

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

She performed as the Leading Player in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin from December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013.[19] 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.[20] She won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 67th Tony Awards for this role.[21][22]

Miller played Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 in 2015.[23] 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.[24][25][26]

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.[27] Their daughter, Emerson Harper, was born on August 9, 2017 in New York City. [28]


  • Sister Act (Original London Cast Recording) (2009)[29]
  • What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up by Scott Alan, singing the song "Taking Back My Life" (2010)[30]
  • Out of Our Heads by Kooman and Dimond, singing the song "Random Black Girl" (2011)[31]
  • Pippin (New Broadway Cast Recording) (2013)[32]



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 30 episodes
2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Deloris Van Cartier Episode: "#4.35"
2014–19 Madam Secretary Daisy Grant 108 episodes
2016–present Word Party Narrator 45 episodes
2017 Mercy Street Charlotte 6 episodes
2021 Power Book III: Raising Kanan Raquel Thomas


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
2019 Into The Woods The Witch Hollywood Bowl


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
Astaire Award Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
Theatre World Award Honouree
2013 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Pippin Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
Astaire Award 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, Deloris Van Cartier". Sister Act. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Bosanquet, Theo (June 1, 2009). "Brief Encounter With … Patina Miller". Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c McBride, Wallace (May 2, 2007). "Rising Star". The Pageland Blog. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Patina Miller Lands Idol's Role". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Patina Miller Wins Starring Role in West End Musical Version of Sister Act". January 29, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Nightingale, Benedict (June 3, 2009). "Sister Act at the London Palladium". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  7. ^ Benedict, David (June 3, 2009). "Sister Act". Variety. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  8. ^ "Full List: 2010 Award Winners". February 14, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  9. ^ Shenton, Mark (February 8, 2010). "Spring Awakening, Enron and Red Score Big in Olivier Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Avenue Q, Sister Act Close Tonight". West End Theatre. October 30, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Hetrick, Adam (November 1, 2010). "Patina Miller to Star in Broadway's Sister Act The Musical". Playbill. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 10, 2011). "Ellen Barkin, Patina Miller, John Larroquette, Jim Parsons, Tony Sheldon and More Win Theatre World Awards". Playbill. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  13. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Gans, Andrew (May 3, 2011). "2011 Tony Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Earns 14 Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 26, 2011). "Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include Sister Act, Anything Goes, Book of Mormon". Playbill. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 25, 2011). "Book of Mormon, Priscilla, Sister Act, War Horse, Good People and More Are Drama League Nominees". Playbill. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 29, 2011). "56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  17. ^ "It's Official: She's Fabulous! Raven-Symone Joins SISTER ACT Mar. 27; Patina Miller Departs Mar. 18". BroadwayWorld. March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew (January 10, 2011). "Encores! Lost in the Stars to Feature Chuck Cooper, Daniel Breaker, Patina Miller". Playbill. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  19. ^ "Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas and More to Lead PIPPIN at A.R.T. - Full Cast Announced!". BroadwayWorld. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  20. ^ Hetrick, Adam (February 4, 2013). "Pippin Will Arrive on Broadway With Complete A.R.T. Cast, Including Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 13, 2013). "Pippin Is Big Winner of 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Playbill. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  22. ^ Purcell, Carey (June 9, 2013). "Kinky Boots, Vanya and Sonia, Pippin and Virginia Woolf? Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  23. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (September 18, 2013). "'Hunger Games' casts Broadway's Patina Miller". USA Today. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  24. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 17, 2014). "'Smash's' Katharine McPhee to Star in CBS Genius Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  25. ^ 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. Archived from the original on May 11, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (11 July 2014). "On Stage and in His Life, the Leading Player". The New York Times. New York City.
  28. ^ Juneau, Jen (August 11, 2017). "Patina Miller Welcomes Daughter Emerson Harper". People. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  29. ^ "SISTER ACT: The Musical To Release Cast Recording 7/27". BroadwayWorld. July 27, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  30. ^ Rafter Keddy, Genevieve (December 4, 2010). "Photo Coverage: The Songs of Scott Alan at Barnes & Noble". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  31. ^ "Patina Miller Leads Kooman & Dimond Concert at Birdland, 7/18". BroadwayWorld. June 28, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  32. ^ "PIPPIN Cast Recording Released Today!". BroadwayWorld. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013.

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