Sharon Leal

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Sharon Leal
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Leal in May 2011
Born (1972-10-17) October 17, 1972 (age 42)
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Bev Land (m. 2001)

Sharon Ann Leal (born October 17, 1972)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in movies such as Dreamgirls, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and her roles on the television shows Legacy, Guiding Light, Boston Public, and Hellcats.

Personal life[edit]

Leal was born in Tucson, Arizona. Her mother, Angelita, is Filipino. Her father was an African-American military policeman who broke up with her mother before Sharon was born.[2][3] Shortly after, her mother married Jesse Leal, a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and a police officer at Clark Air Base, Philippines; he legally adopted Sharon.[1][4]

Former Guiding Light co-star Yvonna Wright has said that she and Leal are close friends; the two starred together in a community production of Dreamgirls in their hometown.[5]

In October 2001 she married Bev Land. Their son Kai Miles Land was born in September 2001.[1]

As of March 2012, Leal is dating Canadian actor Paul Becker.[6]

Career[edit]

Leal's career began with the role of Dahlia Crede in the CBS daytime serial Guiding Light. Later, she joined the Broadway company of Rent. Soon after, she was cast as Mimi for the San Francisco leg of the first national tour of Rent. Leal also appeared on the 1999 original cast recording of the Off-Broadway musical Bright Lights, Big City alongside Patrick Wilson and Jesse L. Martin. She also appeared on the 2001 cast recording of Making Tracks.

From 2000 to 2004, Leal starred in the Fox prime time TV series Boston Public. Leal also had a role in the theatrical release Face the Music. She also appeared in a recurring role in the short-lived NBC series LAX, as the wife of airport co-director, Roger de Souza.

She also co-starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as Michelle Morris, Effie White's replacement in the pop group The Dreams, with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx. In 2007 Leal also starred in This Christmas and in the Tyler Perry production Why Did I Get Married?. She played the character Vanessa Lodge in the series Hellcats, until it was cancelled in 2011.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Face the Music Tracie
2006 Dreamgirls Michelle Morris Nominated—Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 Motives 2 Nina
Why Did I Get Married? Dianne Brock
This Christmas Kelli Whitfield Winner—Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress
2008 Soul Men Cleo Whitfield
Linewatch Angela Dixon
2009 Limelight Nina
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Dianne Brock
2011 Little Murder Jennifer
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day Kari Ames
2013 The Last Letter Cathrine Wright
2014 Addicted Zoe Reynard

Television[edit]

Year TV Series Role Notes
1998–1999 Legacy Marita Regular role: 18 episodes
1996–1999 Guiding Light Dahlia Crede Regular role: 218 episodes
2000–2004 Boston Public Marylin Sudor Regular supporting role: 67 Episodes
2005 Las Vegas Nina Episode: "Sperm Whales and Spearmint Rhinos"
2004–2005 LAX Monique DeSouza Recurring role: 3 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Lauren Sloan Episode: "Internal Affairs"
2009 Private Practice Dr. Sonya Nichols Recurring role: 5 episodes
2010–2011 Hellcats Vanessa Lodge Regular role: 21 episodes
2011 Suits Lisa Parker Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2012 Person of Interest Dr. Madeleine Enright Episode: "Critical"
2014 Perception Inspector Liza Brahms Episode: "Obsession"
2014 Grimm Tyler "Zuri" Ellis Recurring: 2 episodes

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