Candice Patton stars as Iris West in The CW’s new series, The Flash. Iris grew up with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) after her father, Detective West (Jesse L. Martin), took him in when Barry’s father was arrested for murder. Iris thinks of Barry as her best friend and is unaware that he harbors a secret crush.
Patton was raised in Plano, Texas, by her dad, who is a retired FBI agent, and mom who retired from a career in finance. She split her free time in high school between volleyball, cheerleading and participating in the theater. However, a knee injury forced her to focus solely on acting, and she never looked back. 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. After graduating from SMU, Patton moved to Los Angeles and returned to The Young and the Restless.
Her television credits include guest starring appearances on One Tree Hill, The Forgotten, Castle, Harry’s Law, Man Up, CSI: Miami and Entourage. Patton also had a recurring role on the series The Game.
Patton currently resides in Los Angeles.