Wednesday 24 March 2010 07:45.
Tamara Tunie (as Melinda Warner)
Tamara Tunie returns to the cast of Wolf Films/Universal Media Studio's top-rated series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as Medical Examiner Melinda Warner.
Tunie has had other memorable roles on television, most notably as the longstanding character Jessica Griffin on the daytime drama "As The World Turns" for which she received two NAACP Image Award nominations and two Soap Opera Digest award nominations. She also appeared in the highly visible role of Alberta Green in season one of the hit series "24" (when she worked on three series simultaneously), as well as guest appearances on "Law and Order," "Sex and the City," and "NYPD Blue."
This summer Tunie went behind the camera producing and directing her first feature film entitled "See You In September" starring Justin Kirk and Estella Warren. Shooting on the streets of New York City, the film follows a woman who forms a support group for abandoned patients when all their therapists go on vacation in August and finds true love.
Tunie has starred on Broadway with Denzel Washington in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," the play's first Broadway staging in over 50 years and received rave reviews for her turn in the lead role of Madame de Merteuil in "Les Liasons Dangereuse" at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. In 2006-2007, Tunie became a Broadway producer on the team responsible for producing the Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening." She also produced August Wilson's Tony Award nominated "Radio Golf." She has shared the Broadway stage with Lena Horne in the Broadway musical "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" and starred in David Merrick's revival of "Oh Kay!" with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Tunie toured Europe with "Bubblin' Brown Sugar" and portrayed Helen of Troy in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Troilus and Cressida" in Central Park. In addition, Tunie played Maggie in the first all African American production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Theatre Virginia in Richmond. After September 11th, she co-starred with many veterans of Broadway, including Audra Mc Donald, in the 20th anniversary benefit concert of "Dreamgirls."
In film, Tunie has worked with some of the most respected directors of the screen, including Taylor Hackford, Brian De Palma, Mimi Leder, Harold Becker and Oliver Stone. She had the unique opportunity to work with the legendary Al Pacino; she portrayed the possessed wife of a partner in his law firm in the hit film "The Devil's Advocate," and his press secretary in "City Hall." She also worked with famed director Kasi Lemmons and Samuel L. Jackson on both "Eve's Bayou" and "The Caveman's Valentine."
Tunie serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc, a non-profit organization that teaches education and life skills to young girls in the Harlem community through the art and discipline of figure skating. In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg awarded Tunie the Made in New York award from the City of New York for her support and commitment to film, television and theater in Manhattan.
Tunie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. She resides in Harlem with her husband, jazz vocalist/post editor Gregory Generet.