CCH Pounder as Captain Claudette Wyms | The Shield on FX

CCH Pounder

Captain Claudette Wyms

Emmy® nominated actress CCH Pounder plays "Captain Claudette Wyms." After realizing her ambition to be Captain in the Barn, Claudette finds the personal and political challenges of the job much more difficult to manage than she thought.

Career Highlights

For The Shield, Pounder received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; two Golden Satellite Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Drama; four NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series; the MIB Prism Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Drama and the Genii Excellence in TV Award. In addition, she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for ER and an Emmy nomination for The X-Files for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Other television appearances include memorable roles in Millennium, L.A. Law, Sweet Justice, The West Wing, The Practice, Law & Order: SVU and HBO’s Disappearing Acts, Boycott and Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives.

Her Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Open Admissions at the Music Box; Coriolanus
and The Mighty Gents for the N.Y.S.F.; Shelter Estates at The Wonderhorse; The Frog at the Grande Finale; Mumbo Jumbo at Lincoln Center; and The Lodger at Theatre of the Open Eye. Pounder also starred in Hedda Gabler at the Old Globe Theatre and in The Old Settler at the Pasadena Playhouse.

For television, Pounder has appeared in numerous television and cable films including Go Tell It On The Mountain (her breakthrough film opposite Paul Winfield and Ossie Davis) and Booker for PBS. Hallmark’s The Resting Place; HBO’s Third Degree Burn; The Atlanta Child Murders; NBC’s highly acclaimed Murder in Mississippi; The Ernest Green Story; Funny Valentine; Zooman and If These Walls Could Talk are among others. She portrayed “Winnie Mandela” in FX’s original movie Redemption, for which she received Best Supporting Actress, TV from the 2005 FAAAF/Black Reel Awards.

Pounder is also a veteran of almost 20 feature films including Bagdad Café, Prizzi’s Honor, Postcards from the Edge, Benny & Joon, Face/Off, Robocop 3, End of Days and the upcoming Maria Govan’s Rain and James Cameron’s Avatar. She also received a Grammy® Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Grow Old With Me, The Best Is Yet To Come.

Pounder adds that she is “very proud of the ensemble effort that resulted in her Emmy nomination for The Shield.”

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