Two-thousand-eighteen (2018) is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Guyanese Actresses. As we watch our very own Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson serve up “Wakanda “goodness at the box office, CC Pounder was recently honored by the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI).
The veteran Guyanese actress whose official name is Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder, plays medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on CBS’s NCIS New Orleans. She was honored on February 22nd with the distinguished Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley Award at the 21stAnnual Awards Gala at Pierre Hotel in New York City. CC has appeared in numerous TV series including ER, The Shield, Warehouse 13, Sons of Anarchy and in such films as Avatar and her breakout role in Bagdad Café. She is an advocate for the arts and also serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation and was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa.
Pounder, 65, was born in Georgetown, then British Guiana, (now Guyana), to Ronald Urlington Pounder and Betsy Enid Arnella (nee James). Her family later migrated to England where she attended high school. She moved to the U.S. in 1970, where she attended Ithaca College.
Pounder started her professional career in New York City theater, where she appeared in The Mighty Gents, by playwright Richard Wesley, and Open Admissions on Broadway. She moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and began her film debut in Bagdad Café. Since then, she has focused primarily on her television career.