CCH Pounder
CCH Pounder
Character Sharon Stiles
Season(s) 1
Date of Birth December 25, 1952
Birthplace Georgetown, British Guiana
IMDb profile

Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25, 1952), known professionally as C. C. H. Pounder (styled "CCH Pounder"), is a Guyanese-American film and television actress. She has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television miniseries and plays, and has made guest appearances on notable television shows.


Pounder was born on December 25, 1952, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), the daughter of Betsy Enid James Arnella and Ronald Urlington Pounder.[1] She was educated in England and moved to the U.S. in 1970, where she attended Ithaca College.[2] Pounder made her acting debut in the 1979 film All That Jazz.

Pounder is married to Senegalese anthropologist Boubacar Kone. The couple were married in an African ceremony in Dakar, Senegal and remarried in Los Angeles, California six months later. Kone is the founder of The Boribana Museum in Dakar, Senegal, for the study of cultures of the African diaspora. They have three children, Nicole (b. 1971), Libya (b. 1973), and Matthew (b. 1982).

Pounder has 6 grandchildren: Elisa (born 1994), Michelle (born 1999), Kelly (born 2002), Libya (born 2005), Enid (born 2007), and Matthew (born 2010). Pounder used to own a jewelry shop called Banji Girls with her business partner Conni Marie Brazelton, but now sells jewelry through her website.


Pounder starred in the film Bagdad Café, and has made smaller appearances in many other successful films. She has focused primarily on her television career. In the early 1980s, Pounder first appeared in guest roles on Hill Street Blues, and then on several other popular shows (Miami Vice, RoboCop 3, L.A. Law, The X-Files, Living Single and Quantum Leap) before landing a long-running recurring role as Dr. Angela Hicks on ER from 1994 to 1997. In the midst of this she had a large co-starring role in the 1995 Tales From the Crypt feature film Demon Knight. She then returned to guest appearances on other shows, including The Practice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Millennium, The West Wing (where she was considered for the role of C.J. Cregg) and the short-lived sitcom Women in Prison.

From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX Networks police drama The Shield. For this role she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2005. She had previously been nominated for Emmys in 1995 (for guest starring in The X-Files) and in 1997 (for her supporting role on ER). She has also lent her voice to several video games and animated projects, including Aladdin and the King of Thieves, True Crime: Streets of LA, Gargoyles as Desdemona and Coldfire, and most recently Justice League Unlimited as Amanda Waller, a role she reprised for the animated movie adaption of the comic book Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Also, Pounder was one of the readers for the HBO film Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narrative that aired in 2003, directed by Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon. She currently appears on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. Pounder also was one of the stars of the cancelled Fox sitcom Brothers. Pounder was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her appearance in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Coriolanus Valeria
All That Jazz Nurse Blake
1980 Union City Mrs. Lewis
1981- 1986 Hill Street Blues Jasmine, Wilma Tucker 3 episodes
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Anne
1984 Booker Jane
1985 Prizzi's Honor Peaches Altamont
Go Tell It On The Mountain Deborah
The Atlanta Child Murders Venus Taylor TV mini series
If Tomorrow Comes Ernestine Littlechap TV mini series
1986 Rest Place Ada Johnson TV Movie
As Summers Die Priscilla TV Movie
Valerie Mrs. Davis 1 episode
Cagney & Lacey Timmons 1 episode
1986-1992 L.A. Law Judge Roseann Robin 4 episodes
1987 Bagdad Cafe Brenda
The Line Anna Mae Demesy TV Movie
Women in Prison Dawn Murphy
1988 Run Till You Fall Janice TV Movie
Leap Of Faith Roberta TV Movie
1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special Renee Cook 1 episode
227 Lucinda Merkle 1 episode
Third Degree Burn Julie Cartwright TV Movie
No Place Like Home Prue TV Movie
1990 Postcards from the Edge Julie Marsden
Psycho IV:The Beginning Fran Ambrose
Miami Vice Yvonne 1 episode
Murder In Mississippi Fannie Lee Chaney TV Movie
Common Ground Rachel Twymon TV Movie
Quantum Leap Mama Harper 1 episode
Cop Rock 3 episodes
1991 Lifestories Roxanne Tevis 1 episode
1992 The Cosby Show Clair's friend 1 episode
The Importance of Being Earnest Miss Prism
1993 Benny & Joon
RoboCop 3
Bike Mice from Mars Stonecutter unknown episodes
The Ernest Green Story Daisy Bates TV Movie
Return to Lonesome Dove Sara TV miniseries
1994 The X-Files Agent Lucy Kazdin 1 season (season 2)
1994-1997 ER Dr. Angela Hicks seasons 1-4
1995 Demon Knight
White Dwarf Nurse Shabana
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves the Oracle
If These Walls Could Talk Nurse Mrs. Ford TV Movie
1997 Melting Pot
Blossoms and Veils
1997-1999 Millennium Dr. Cheryl Andrews
1998 Race
1999 End of Days Detective Marge Francis
Funny Valentines
2000 Cora Unashamed
The West Wing Deborah O'Leary 1 episode, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
Outer Limits Time Traveler Decompression
2001 Things Behind the Sun
2001-2010 Law and Order: SVU Defense Attorney Carolyn Maddox 4 episodes
2002 Baby of the Family
Tet Grenne
2002-2008 The Shield Claudette Wyms series run
2003 Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives HBO Film
2004 Redemption:The Stan Tookie Williams Story Winnie Mandela
2004-2006 W.I.T.C.H. Queen Kadma voice actress, unknown episodes
2005 Numb3rs Lt. Havercamp 1 episode
2008 Rain Ms. Adams
2009 Orphan Sister Abigail
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Amanda Waller
Avatar Mo'at, spiritual leader of the Na'avi
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Mrs. Curtin 1 episode
Brothers Adele Trainor
2009-present Warehouse 13 Mrs. Irene Frederic 17 episodes
2011 Revenge Warden Stiles 1 episode, Charade


As one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa, Pounder has energized awareness of post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues. In an interview, she said about the pandemic: "When it's this massive disease, and it's affecting things in five thousand different ways, it requires great strength and power—and there is power in numbers. So we need to involve as many people as we can, like we do with ANSA. I call it my little engine that could. It is a remarkable, tiny organization with a huge outreach. We use actors and artists with the biggest voices so they can use every opportunity to talk about AIDS.

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