Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25, 1952), known professionally as CCH Pounder, is a Guyanese–American actress. She has appeared in numerous plays, films, made-for-television films and television miniseries, and has made appearances on notable television series. Pounder is known for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama series ER (1994–97) and Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama series The Shield (2002–08). Since 2014, she has portrayed medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on the police drama series NCIS: New Orleans. In film, she appeared in All That Jazz (1979), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Demon Knight (1995), Face/Off (1997), Orphan (2009), Avatar (2009), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).