Khandi Alexander

Born: 04/09/1957 (66 yo)
Birth place: New York City, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Dancer, Choregrapher... , Actress


Khandi Alexander is an American dancer, choreographer, and film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami and as Catherine Duke on NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring role on ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton. She is currently appearing in the HBO series Treme.


Khandi Alexander was 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 1988–1992, and also appeared as a dancer in Natalie Cole's video for "Pink Cadillac" in 1988.


Since the early 1990s, Alexander has concentrated on film and TV, playing the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio - a role she left after the start of season 4. She made a guest appearance in the episode after Phil Hartman's death. She also played the recurring character Jackie Robbins on ER. She is known for her starring role as Fran, a mother addicted to drugs in the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries The Corner. She portrayed the character Alexx Woods, a medical examiner in the forensics-related drama CSI: Miami for 6 seasons as a series regular.

She has made guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, Cosby, Better off Ted and La Femme Nikita.

Khandi starred in the movie CB4 with Chris Rock and Charlie Murphy. Other film credits include Dark Blue, Sugar Hill, Menace II Society, House Party 3, There's Something About Mary, Rain, Poetic Justice, and the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, where she portrayed an Ikette.

She left the CBS hit show CSI: Miami shortly before the end of the 2007-2008 season. Her final appearance aired Monday, May 5, 2008 ("Rock and a Hard Place"). On February 2, 2009, she returned to the role of Alexx Woods for a guest appearance in the episode "Smoke Gets In Your CSI's". She later returned again as Alexx Woods for more guest appearances in the episodes "Out of Time" on September 21, 2009 and "Bad Seed" on October 19, 2009.

Khandi currently stars in the award-winning HBO television series by David Simon, Treme, where she plays a bar owner in an affected neighborhood of post-Katrina New Orleans.


  • 1985      Streetwalkin
  • 1985      A Chorus Line
  • 1987      Rags to Riches
  • 1987      Maid to Order
  • 1989      A Different World
  • 1993      CB4
  • 1993      Joshua Tree
  • 1993      Menace II Society
  • 1993      What's Love Got to Do with It
  • 1993      Poetic Justice
  • 1993      Shameful Secrets
  • 1994      Sugar Hill
  • 1994      House Party 3
  • 1994      To My Daughter with Love
  • 1994      Greedy
  • 1996      No Easy Way
  • 1996      Terminal
  • 1998      La Femme Nikita
  • 1998      There's Something About Mary


  • 1995-98 NewsRadio
  • 1999      Cosby
  • 1999      Thick as Thieves
  • 1999      NYPD Blue
  • 1999      Partners
  • 1999      Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle
  • 2000      Rude Awakening
  • 2000      The Corner
  • 2000      Third Watch
  • 2001      Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 1995-01 ER
  • 2002      Fool Proof
  • 2002      CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • 2002      Emmett's Mark
  • 2002      Dark Blue
  • 2003      Life's a Bitch
  • 2004      Perfect Strangers
  • 2006      Rain
  • 2007      First Born
  • 2002-09 CSI: Miami
  • 2009      Better Off Ted
  • 2012      Body of Proof
  • 2010–present   Treme