Candice Patton stars in the hit CW series The Flash. Her character, Iris West, is a graduate student studying journalism and is the long-time best friend and potential love interest to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). Candice’s father, police commissioner Joe West, is played by the wonderful Jesse L. Martin.
Candice has guest starred in several television series including: One Tree Hill, The Forgotten, Castle, Harry’s Law, Man Up, CSI: Miami, Entourage, and a recurring role on BET’s hit series The Game. She began her career in Hollywood on The Young and The Restless after being chosen in a national college casting search for a guest storyline on the popular soap, while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After her story arc she was asked to continue on the show but decided to finish her education and graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Theatre from SMU.
Candice was raised in Plano, Texas by her dad who is a retired FBI agent and mom who retired from a career in finance. She spent her free time in high school between playing volleyball, cheerleading, and theatre. However, a knee injury forced her to change her focus and passion solely to acting and she never looked back. After graduating from SMU, Candice moved to Los Angeles and again starred on The Young and the Restless.
The Flash pilot reunites Candice with director David Nutter who first cast her in Entourage. One of the perks about working on such an iconic show like The Flash is earning cool points with her four year old nephew Sean, son of her big brother Nick, who is obsessed with all things superhero!