November 6, 1984
Pageland, South Carolina, United States
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Originally from South Carolina, Patina Miller was introduced to music through her local church and choir. She attended Carnegie Mellon University on a full scholarship and graduated with a degree in musical theater. Her first on-screen experience was on the soap opera "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011). Her schedule allowed her to pursue her passion, the Broadway musical. Miller was understudy for the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the original Broadway production of "Sister Act." She landed the role on the London stage in 2009, and was brought back to Broadway to perform it in 2011. The role earned her first Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her first feature film role was as Commander Paylor in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (2012). In 2012-2013, Miller returned to Broadway as the Leading Player in "Pippin," a role that earned her first Tony win, for Best Actress in a Musical. She appeared as a series regular for the first time in "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-) as the press coordinator for the Secretary of State, played by Tea Leoni. Miller reprised her role as Commander Paylor in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (2015).