Keesha Sharp

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Keesha Sharp
Born Keesha Ulricka Sharp
(1973-06-09) June 9, 1973 (age 44)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Brad Sharp
Children 1

Keesha Ulricka Sharp (born June 9, 1973)[1] is an American actress and director. She began her career appearing on television dramas, before her regular role as Monica Charles Brooks in the UPN/The CW comedy series, Girlfriends (2002–08), for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination.

Sharp has appeared in films include American Adobo (2002), Why Did I Get Married? (2007), and from 2010 to 2013 co-starred in the TBS sitcom, Are We There Yet?. In 2016, she played Dale Cochran, the wife of Johnnie Cochran, in the FX anthology drama series, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Later that year, Sharp began starring as Trish Murtaugh in the Fox police comedy-drama series, Lethal Weapon.

Life and career[edit]

Sharp was born in Rochester, New York. After graduating from The Boston Conservatory, Sharp set her sights on the stage.[2] She performed in the Broadway National Tour of Carousel, debuted Off-Broadway in Michael Bradford's Living in the Wind and played eight different roles in the interactive comedy Eat the Runt. Other theatre performances include Abyssinia, Aida, Thunder Knockin, Jitney, The Producers, Big Street, Suburb and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. On television, she guest starred on Welcome to New York, Third Watch, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, before moving to Los Angeles.

In 2002, Sharp was cast on the CW comedy series Girlfriends, which she played William Dent's (Reggie Hayes) girlfriend, and later wife, Monica. Her role garnered a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[3] The series ended in 2008. From 2005 to 2006, she also had the recurring role on Everybody Hates Chris as Sheila Ridenhour. Sharp also had roles in films Malibu's Most Wanted, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, Never Die Alone and Why Did I Get Married?.

After Girlfriends, Sharp had guest starring roles on The Game, Cold Case, Melissa & Joey, Elementary and The Exes. From 2010 to 2012, she was regular cast member on the TBS sitcom, Are We There Yet?.[4]

In 2015, Sharp was cast as Dale Cochran, the wife of Johnnie Cochran (played by Courtney B. Vance), in the FX anthology drama series, American Crime Story.[5][6] In 2016, she was cast in a series regular role opposite Damon Wayans Sr. in the Fox series Lethal Weapon playing Trish Murtaugh (played by Darlene Love in the Lethal Weapon film series). Golden Brooks, her Girlfriends co-star originally was cast in the role, but was replaced by Sharp during filming of pilot episode.[7] Later that year, she was cast as Thurgood Marshall's wife in the biographical film Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Sharp is married to actor and singer-songwriter Brad Sharp. The couple, together for more than 20 years, have a son named Solomon.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pootie Tang Party Girl
2001 American Adobo Debbie
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Sister
2003 Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood Chanel
2004 Never Die Alone Edna
2005 What If in This Life Rape Victim Short film
2007 Why Did I Get Married? Pam
2008 Shattered! Angela
2014 The 636 Hope Rigby Short film
2014 Half-Off Director and writer
2015 Christian Robyn Short film
2016 Born Guilty Leslie
2016 Frozen Peas Daisy
2016 You Have a Nice Flight Kristen
2016 Marshall Vivien "Buster" Burey

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Welcome to New York Lauren Episode: "The Crier"
2001 Third Watch Grace Episode: "Walking Wounded"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Charlene Episode: "Pique"
2004 The Tracy Morgan Show Lindy Berry Episodes: "Church" and "Weird Science"
2004 Still Standing Lexi Episode: "Still Flirting"
2005–2006 Everybody Hates Chris Sheila Ridenhour Recurring role, 8 episodes
2002–2008 Girlfriends Monica Charles Brooks Series regular, 41 episodes
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2008)
2009 The Game Movie Star Episode: "Hill Street Blues"
2010 Cold Case Chantel Jones Episode: "Bombers"
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Keri Rader Episode: "Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop"
2010–2012 Are We There Yet? Gigi Series regular, 77 episodes
2013 Melissa & Joey Maggie Episode: "Teach Your Children"
2013 Elementary Mistress Felicia Episode: "Poison Pen"
2013 Instant Mom Lynn Lawson Episode: "Dances with She-Wolves"
2014 Bad Teacher Denise Recurring role, 3 episodes
2014 The Exes Dee Dee Episode: "Catch It 'Cause You Can"
2015 The Player Maya Episodes: "Downtown Odds" and "A House Is Not a Home"
2016 American Crime Story Dale Cochran Recurring role, 7 episodes
2016–present Lethal Weapon Trish Murtaugh Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keesha Sharp". MovieWeb. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Keesha Sharp". Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  3. ^ National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "List of NAACP Image Awards Winners" (Press Release). March 2, 2007. Retrieved on June 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "It's Official: TBS Picks Up 90 Additional Episodes of Sitcom 'Are We There Yet?'". Deadline. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Denise Petski. "‘Code Black’, ‘American Crime Story’ & ‘You Me Her’ Add To Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "American Crime Story: Keesha Sharp on Key Role Johnnie Cochran's Wife Played : People.com". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Lethal Weapon’ Fox Pilot: Keesha Sharp Replaces Golden Brooks In Recasting - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Keesha Sharp to Play Chadwick Boseman's Wife in Thurgood Marshall Biopic". 17 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "14 Things to Know About Lethal Weapon Star Keesha Sharp". Retrieved 23 October 2016. 

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