CCH Pounder is an American actress best known for her role as Detective Claudette Wyms in the crime drama television series The Shield, from 2002-2008, garnering her Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 and 2008.
She also has a starring role as Dr. Loretta Wade, the Medical Examiner of Jefferson Parish whose office is contracted by NCIS for autopsies and forensics, in the police procedural television series NCIS: New Orleans.
She appeared in The #1 Ladies Detective Agency for HBO and the BBC, and also starred in the independent feature film Rain, which received accolades at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. She also played the recurring role of Mrs. Frederic on the science fiction television series Warehouse 13.
Pounder has also received NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the MIB Prism Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Drama, two Golden Satellite Awards for Performance by an Actress in a Series Drama, the Genii Excellence in TV Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Women in Radio & TV and the recent LOOP Award from Lupus LA.
Other accolades for Pounder include an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks on the NBC series ER, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Agent Lucy Kazdin in Fox's The X-Files.
In addition, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Grow Old Along With Me, The Best Is Yet To Come and won an AUDI, the Audio Publishers Association's top honor for Women In The Material World.
Her film credits include Baghdad Café, Prizzi's Honor, Postcards From The Edge, Robocop 3, Sliver, Tales From The Crypt, Face Off and End Of Days.