Khandi Alexander is an American dancer, choreographer and actress best known for her roles as Jackie Robbins in the medical drama ER (1995-2001); and as Chief Medical Examiner Alexx Woods in the crime procedural CSI: Miami, from 2002-2009.
She also starred as Ladonna Batiste-Williams in the television drama series Treme.
Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway starring in Chicago, Bob Fosse’s Dancin and Dreamgirls.
She was a choreographer for Whitney Houston’s World tour, from 1989 to 1992.
Since then, she has concentrated on film and television, playing the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio and the character Jackie Robbins on ER.
Alexander also had a starring role as Denise Francine 'Fran' Boyd, a mother addicted to drugs, in the 2000 mini-series The Corner. She won the Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Actress for the role.
Her film credits include Dark Blue, Sugar Hill, Menace to Society, There's Something About Mary, Perfect Strangers and First Born. She also starred in the movie CB4 with Chris Rock and Charlie Murphy.
She has made numerous guest appearances on television, including reprising her role as Alexx Woods from CSI: Miami on the other two CSI franchise shows, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY (appearing in the pilot episode of the latter).
She has also guest starred on Cosby, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue and Third Watch.
She won the 2005 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on CSI: Miami.