Anika Noni Rose shot to prominence in her Tony Award winning performance in the 2004 Broadway musical, Caroline, or Change. Her first major film role came in 2006 with DREAMGIRLS in which she co-starred with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. The film received an AFI ensemble award, as well as a SAG Award nomination and both the soundtrack and her song ‘Patience’ were nominated for Academy Awards. In 2009, Rose voiced Princess Tiana in Disney’s THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.
The film received three Oscar nominations and she became the youngest inductee to ever be honoured as a Disney Legend.
Other film work includes FOR COLORED GIRLS (2010), in which she first co-starred with Thandie Newton, JUST ADD WATER (2008), AS COOL AS I AM (2013) and KHUMBA (2014).
For television, Rose starred as Grace Makutsi in Anthony Minghella’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (2008/2009), for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Other NAACP Image nominations include:
her work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), and Hallmark Hall of Fame: Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith (ABC). She also starred as Sara Tidwell in the A&E Mini Series Bag of Bones, (based on the Stephen King novel) opposite Pierce Brosnan, was seen as Assistant District Attorney Wendy Scott-Carr on The Good Wife (CBS) opposite Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth and on Private Practice (ABC).
She recently completed filming on the Hallmark Channel movie The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
In addition to the Tony Award, Rose has also received The Theater World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, a Drama Desk nomination, the Los Angeles Critics’ Circle Award, an Ovation Award and an Obie Award. Other stage work includes Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Tchaikovsky live at the LA Phil, Maggie in Deborah Allen’s Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, opposite James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad ,Footloose, the Off-Broadway production of the Laura Nyro musical Eli’s Comin’ and the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company for the NY Philharmonic and PBS.
Rose has sung all over the world, including at the 79th Annual Academy Awards, concerts in London’s West End with Jason Robert Brown, the Vatican, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She made her solo cabaret debut in New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, followed by a concert at the Broad Stage in Los Angeles and appearances at the legendary Venetian Room in San Francisco.