American actress Wendy Davis grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and eventually graduated with a theater degree at the Howard University in Washington, D.C. Afterwards, she moved to Los Angeles to start an acting career. Her first television role came in 1991, with the syndicated comedy series The New WKRP in Cincinnati; here she played the attractive receptionist Ronnie Lee. She since appeared in numerous guest roles on television, starring in shows such as Coach and EZ Streets.
Davis’ television breakthrough came in 1996, when she joined the police drama High Incident. She was handpicked by Steven Spielberg to play the role of dead policeman’s widow Lynette White, a role which earned her critical acclaim. When the series ended in 1997, she resumed appearing on television in numerous guest roles, this time for shows like Profiler, Cursed, The District, Angel, Cold Case and Grey’s Anatomy.
Davis’ next regular television role came in 2007, when she joined the cast of the hit drama Army Wives. She played the role of Joan Burton, a dedicated and determined military officer who broke through her troubled past to become a high-ranking military officer. The wife of doctor and “army husband” Roland (Sterling K. Brown), she struggles to keep their marriage afloat after suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome after a tour of Afghanistan. This role earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2008, as well as two Prism Awards in the same year.
Davis also appeared in several films. Her first, the 1980 independent release Powder Heads (where she played a bit role), was followed by other features like Return to Two Moon Junction, Brittle Glory and Mother Ghost. Her stints on stage have also received success; her role in the play Talking With earned her a Drama-Logue Award. Aside from acting, she also teaches aspiring actors at the Los Angeles Actors Center.
2007-2011: Army Wives (TV series) - Joan Burton
2006: Commander in Chief (TV series) - Karen Patton
2005: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Holly Adams
2005: Cold Case (TV series) - Julia Owens
2002: Mother Ghost - Stacy
2002: Angel (TV series) - Aubrey Jenkins
2002: Trapped: Buried Alive (TV movie) - Monique
2001: Taking Back Our Town (TV movie) - Janice Dickerson
2001: The District (TV series) - Saundra Dayton
2001: The Weber Show (TV series) - Alice Fullmer
2000: Any Day Now (TV series) - Cheryl
1999: Rendezvous (TV movie) - Jade
1998: Smart Guy (TV series) - Hillary Jordan
1998: Profiler (TV series) - Mrs. Driscoll
1998: The Gregory Hines Show (TV series) - Allison
1997: Between Brothers (TV series) - Cynthia
1996-1997: High Incident (TV series) - Lynette White
1997: Brittle Glory - Reporter
1996: EZ Streets (TV series) - Joan Priestly
1995: Return to Two Moon Junction - Roni
1994: Coach (TV series) - Julie
1993: The Sinbad Show (TV series) - Sandy
1993: Martin (TV series) - Bobbi
1991: The New WKRP in Cincinnati (TV series) - Ronnie Lee/Ronnie
1989: Running Out of Time (TV short) - Tracy Michelle Gibson
1980: Powder Heads - Reborn #1