Patina Miller

American actress and singer (born 1984)

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Patina Miller

Miller at the 74th Tony Awards in 2021
Patina Renea Miller

(1984-11-06) November 6, 1984 (age 39)[1]

Education Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)
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  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2006–present
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David Mars

(m. 2014)​

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Patina Renea Miller (born November 6, 1984) is an American actress and singer. Miller’s breakout role was as originating the role of disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier in the 2009 West End and 2011 Broadway productions of Sister Act for which she earned a Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award nominations respectively. She also starred as the Leading Player in the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She later returned to Broadway to star as the Witch in the 2022 Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods.

She is also known for her role as Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films, and her starring role as Daisy Grant in the CBS political drama Madam Secretary. She has also starred in the PBS series Mercy Street (2017). In 2021, Miller began starring as Raquel “Raq” Thomas in the Starz television drama Raising Kanan. In 2024, she voiced Sera in the adult animated musical series Hazbin Hotel.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Pageland, South Carolina,[2] and raised in a single parent home,[3] she was introduced to music at an early age and sang with the gospel choir at her local church. She attended South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities[4] and in 2006 graduated with a degree in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.[2] She has credited her time at Carnegie Mellon as a big part of her life, saying, “It was there that I studied and really realized that I could make my dream a reality. I’m so thankful to all my teachers who helped me to become the performer I am today.”[5]


In 2005, Miller was one of three finalists for the role of Effie White in the musical drama Dreamgirls, alongside Capathia Jenkins and Jennifer Hudson (which ultimately won Hudson the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress).[4] In 2007, she was cast as Pam Henderson in the daytime soap opera All My Children and appeared in 30 episodes of the show.[4] She performed in a Central Park production of Hair in the summer of 2008 and was featured in the musical Romantic Poetry at the Manhattan Theatre Club that fall.[6]

Miller during a performance of Sister Act on the West End, 2010

Miller was cast as the lead role of Delores Van Cartier in Sister Act, a role she had understudied for six months during its initial run in the United States,[3] following a year-long international search.[6] The London production opened on June 2, 2009, at the London Palladium, and although it received mixed reviews, most critics singled out Miller and praised her performance. Benedict Nightingale of The Times cited her “terrific voice.” Whoopi’s wry vulnerability but adds dazzle to the razzle around her,”[7] while David Benedict of Variety thought her “powerhouse vocals, pitched somewhere between Gloria Gaynor and Whitney Houston, and her thrillingly fast vibrato act as the show’s engine.”[8] For this role Miller won the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[9][10] She remained with the production till it closed on October 30, 2010.[11]

Miller reprised the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the Broadway production of Sister Act, which began performances on March 24, 2011, at the Broadway Theatre and officially opened April 20, 2011. Miller also made her Broadway debut in this production.[12] For this role she won a Theatre World Award[13] and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical,[14] the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical,[15] the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance,[16] and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.[17] She played her final performance in the Broadway company on March 18, 2012, and was replaced by Raven-Symoné on March 27.[18] Miller also starred as Linda in the City Center Encores! production of Lost in the Stars, which ran from February 3–6, 2011.[19]

She performed as the Leading Player in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin from December 5, 2012, to January 20, 2013.[20] Miller reprised the role in the Broadway revival, which began performances on March 23, 2013, at the Music Box Theatre and officially opened on April 25, 2013.[21] She won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 67th Tony Awards for this role.[22][23]

Miller played Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 in 2015.[24] In May 2014, it was announced that she was cast as Daisy Grant, press coordinator to Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) in the CBS political drama Madam Secretary. The show premiered on Sunday, September 21, 2014, on CBS as part of the 2014–15 television season.[25][26][27]

In 2019, Miller starred as the Witch in the Hollywood Bowl production of Into the Woods and reprised the role in a 2022 Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre.[28][29]

Personal life[edit]

On June 14, 2014, Miller married venture capitalist David Mars in New York City. Robin Burch, Miller’s mother, who is a Baptist minister, officiated at the ceremony.[30] Their daughter, Emerson Harper, was born on August 9, 2017, in New York City.[31]

In 2023, Miller sang the U.S. National Anthem at the start of the New York City Marathon in Staten Island and subsequently completed the race in four hours.[32]


  • Sister Act (Original London Cast Recording) (2009)[33]
  • What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up by Scott Alan, singing the song “Taking Back My Life” (2010)[34]
  • Out of Our Heads by Kooman and Dimond, singing the song “Random Black Girl” (2011)[35]
  • Pippin (New Broadway Cast Recording) (2013)[36]

Acting credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Commander Paylor
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Commander Paylor
2021 The Many Saints of Newark Queen Isola


Year Title Role Notes
2007–08 All My Children Pam Henderson 30 episodes
2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Deloris Van Cartier Episode: “#4.35”
2014–19 Madam Secretary Daisy Grant 108 episodes
2016–21 Word Party Narrator 60 episodes
2017 Mercy Street Charlotte 6 episodes
2021–present Power Book III: Raising Kanan Raquel Thomas Main cast
2024 Hazbin Hotel Sera (voice) Guest cast[37]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Sister Act Ensemble/Deloris Van Cartier (understudy) Pasadena Playhouse
2007 Alliance Theatre Company
2008 Hair Sheila Central Park
2009 Putting It Together Performer New York
2010 Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier West End
2011–12 Broadway
2012 Lost in the Stars Linda Encores!
2013–14 Pippin Leading Player Broadway
2013 Ragtime Sarah Lincoln Center
2019 Into the Woods The Witch Hollywood Bowl
2022 Broadway


In 2014, she performed at Lincoln Center. The concert was broadcast on PBS as Patina Miller in Concert.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Sister Act Nominated
2011 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Astaire Award Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
Theatre World Award Honouree
2013 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Pippin Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
Astaire Award Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
2015 Black Reel Award Outstanding Female Breakthrough Performance The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Nominated
2023 Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Into the Woods Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated


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