Khandi Alexander
Personal details
Date of birth September 4, 1957
Birth place New York City, New York, USA
Years active 1985 to present
Character LaDonna Batiste-Williams
Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4
First episode "Do You Know What It Means"
Last episode "... To Miss New Orleans
Credits 36 episodes (see below)
Khandi Alexander, born September 4, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA, is an actor. She stars as LaDonna Batiste-Williams in the first, second, third and fourth seasons. She has also worked with Treme creator David Simon on his earlier HBO miniseries The Corner, where she starred as Fran Boyd. She has also starred in the series NewsRadio and CSI: Miami. She worked with Whitney Houston, choreographing the singer's international tours and had a role in Tina Turner's film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). She also appeared in the hit comedy film There's Something About Mary (1998).


Early lifeEdit

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. She had a starring role as 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 played the recurring character Jackie Robbins on ER. She is known for her starring role as Fran Boyd, a mother addicted to drugs in The Corner, which was written by Treme creator David Simon.

She portrayed the character Alexx Woods, a medical examiner in the forensics-related drama CSI: Miami for 6 seasons as a series regular. She reprised the role as a guest star in an episode titled "Smoke Gets In Your CSIs".

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.

She currently stars in Treme. She plays LaDonna Batiste-Williams, a bar owner in an affected neighborhood of post-Katrina New Orleans.



Season one credits
"Do You Know What It Means" "Meet De Boys on the Battlefront" "Right Place, Wrong Time" "At the Foot of Canal Street"
"Shame, Shame, Shame" Shallow Water, Oh Mama "Smoke My Peace Pipe" "All On a Mardi Gras Day"
"Wish Someone Would Care" "I'll Fly Away"
Season two credits
"Accentuate the Positive" "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky" "On Your Way Down" "Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?"
"Slip Away" "Feels Like Rain" "Carnival Time" "Can I Change My Mind?"
"What Is New Orleans?" "That's What Lovers Do" "Do Watcha Wanna"
Season three credits
"Knock with Me – Rock with Me" "Saints" "Me Donkey Want Water" "The Greatest Love"
"I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" "Careless Love" "Promised Land" "Don't You Leave Me Here"
"Poor Man's Paradise" "Tipitina"
Season four credits
"Yes We Can Can" "This City" "Dippermouth Blues"
"Sunset on Louisianne" "...To Miss New Orleans"

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