Monique Coleman

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Monique Coleman
Monique Coleman 2011, 5.jpg
Coleman in February 2011
Adrienne Monique Coleman

(1980-11-13) November 13, 1980 (age 40)
EducationDePaul University (BFA)
OccupationActress, philanthropist, entrepreneur, dancer, singer
Years active1995–present
Walter Jordan
(m. 2012)

Adrienne Monique Coleman (born November 13, 1980)[1] is an American actress, dancer, singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist best known for her role in Disney's High School Musical movies, in which she plays Taylor McKessie. Coleman also had a recurring role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as a school girl named Mary Margaret. She also competed in the third edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place. Most recent, Coleman was named the first ever UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth and is currently on a world tour to raise awareness of challenges facing youth. Coleman launched her online talk show Gimme Mo' , a show dedicated to empowering today's youth on September 8, 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Adrienne Monique Coleman was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina.[2] She started her acting career in theatre and television at a very young age in Columbia, South Carolina. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Her training began at the Workshop Theatre School of Dramatic Arts where she performed in over 15 plays.[3] An acting class taught by a guest teacher actually turned out to be an audition, and resulted in her booking her first commercial. Then Coleman began auditioning for anything she could in the Southeast region, landing several local and regional commercials, as well as a few supporting roles in films. In addition to acting, Coleman was very involved in her community and school where she did everything from performing in plays to competing in forensic tournaments, volunteering with abused children, running track, and even cheerleading.

Monique Coleman went to Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Then she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, earning her BFA in Acting in 2002.

Monique Coleman also visited the American Farm School in Greece in 2012.


Coleman made her first lead in the independent feature entitled Mother of the River[4] which was shot in the historic Charleston, South Carolina. The film won numerous awards at film festivals in Chicago. Two years later, Coleman appeared as Young Donna in The Family Channel Movie The Ditch digger's Daughters[5] for which she was nominated for a Young Artists Award of Hollywood. During her sophomore year of high school, Coleman wrote, directed, produced, and starred in her own one-person play entitled "Voices from Within" with standing room only – audience numbering in the hundreds. On stage in Chicago, Coleman starred in productions of Noises Off, Polaroid Stories, The Real Thing and The Colored Museum.[6]

In 2005, Coleman had the honor of working opposite one of her heroes – the legendary James Earl Jones when she played Leesha in the 2005 Hallmark TV Movie The Reading Room.[7] She received a 2006 Camie Award for the role and represented the film at the NAACP Image Awards.[8]

In 2006, Coleman rose to prominence in High School Musical, where she portrayed Taylor McKessie, the best friend of the new girl, Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens). Before then, she was a recurring guest star in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episodes, "Forever Plaid", "Not So Suite 16", "Neither a Borrower Nor a Speller Bee" and "A Prom Story" along with Hudgens. Coleman has had seven other guest appearances on television including, Boston Public, Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, Strong Medicine, 10-8: Officers on Duty, Married to the Kellys, and Veronica Mars. Coleman was also in the first ever Disney Channel Games in 2006, on the Blue Team (with Brenda Song, Corbin Bleu, Cole Sprouse, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jason Earles and Brandon Baker). She won with both teams.

She showcased her ballroom skills in "Dance With Me", while she partnered with National Youth Latin Champion Jared Murillo. Drew Seeley was the soloist. She is the host of 3 Minute Game Show: High School Musical Edition on Disney Channel. She recorded a song called "Christmas Vacation" for the holiday album entitled A Disney Channel Holiday. In 2007, she appeared in High School Musical 2. In 2008, she again repeated her role as Taylor McKessie in High School Musical 3.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Coleman competed in the Fall 2006 third edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars reality dance competition. She was paired with professional partner Louis van Amstel throughout the competition. van Amstel and the judges praised her for "taking risks" during the competition. The pair appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before they were eliminated and performed the same dance they performed in week 2's episode. She was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars on November 1, 2006, finishing fourth in the competition. She was the last female in the contest that year.[9] Coleman was very gracious in defeat, and appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on the same night as the Results Show to thank her fans for their votes and support.[10] In the beginning of late December 2007, Coleman partook in the Dancing with the Stars tour that took her across America along with other former competitors until early February 2008.

Week Dance / Song Judges' Score Status
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Baby Love" – The Supremes 6 6 7 Safe
2 Mambo / "Bop to the Top" – Ashley Tisdale feat. Lucas Grabeel 9 8 9 Safe
3 Jive / "The Heat Is On" – Glenn Frey 9 9 9 Safe
4 Waltz / "If I Were a Painting" – Kenny Rogers 8 8 8 Bottom two
5 Rumba / "So Nice" – Bebel Gilberto 9 9 9 1st Place
6 Samba / "ABC" – The Jackson 5 9 7 7 No Elimination
Due to Sara Evans's withdrawal
7 Quickstep / "Luck Be a Lady" – Frank Sinatra 9 9 9 Bottom two
Paso Doble / "The Reflex" – Duran Duran 9 9 9
8 Tango / "Somebody's Watching Me" – Rockwell 8 8 8 Eliminated
Cha Cha Cha / "Ghostbusters" – Ray Parker Jr. 9 10 10

UN Youth Champion[edit]

At a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York, Coleman was presented with a letter of recognition of her new role by Assistant Secretary-General Jomo Kwame Sundaram of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In presenting the letter, Mr. Sundaram said Coleman will work "to raise awareness about the challenges young people face and will highlight the positive contribution they make to their communities." Coleman said that receiving the designation of Youth Champion was "beyond an honour" and that she would use her new position to promote global efforts to achieve the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have a 2015 deadline, with a special emphasis on the empowerment of youth. The International Year was launched on August 12 and runs through August 11, 2011, and among its aims is to advance the participation of young people on global, regional and national issues that affect them.


Coleman worked with[11] to produce a "Do Something U" video tutorial. The video targets young activists who need a bit of guidance and inspiration to help them carry out their ideas for their communities to fruition. Coleman's video tutorial focused on teaching youth the best way to utilize social media to spread word of ideas and actions.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Monique Coleman married Walter Jordan on February 14, 2012 (Valentine's Day) in a private ceremony in Koh Samui, Thailand.[13][14]


Year Filmography Role Notes
1995 Mother of the River Dofimae Short-Film
1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters Young Donna TV Movie
2005 The Reading Room Leesha TV Movie
2006 On Line Jessie Short-Film
High School Musical Taylor McKessie TV Movie
2007 High School Musical 2 Taylor McKessie TV Movie
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Taylor McKessie
Order Unnamed Video Short
2010 Promise Rings Veronica Baylerd
We Are Family Elise Post-production
2014 Free the Nipple Roz
2015 Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List Girl-Robin
2017 Distortion Woman Short-Film; Post-Production
The Outdoorsman Jen
2018 Broken Star Annie
2019 Witness Infection Rose
Real.Live.Girl Sam Short Film
2020 Steppin' Back To Love April TV Movie; Main Role
Phobias Natalie Completed
The F*** Happened Denise Completed
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Strong Medicine Tanya Episode: "Misdiagnosis Murder"
2003–2004 Boston Public Molly 3 episodes
2004 Gilmore Girls Andy Episode: "The Nanny and the Professor"
10-8: Officers on Duty Maya Barnes Episode: "Love Don't Love Nobody"
Married to the Kellys Waitress Episode: "Chris And Mary Fight"
Malcolm in the Middle Andrea Episode: "Malcolm Visits College"
Method & Red Unknown Episode: "Kill Bill Volume 3"
2005 Veronica Mars Gabrielle Pollard Episode: "Lord of the Bling"
2005–2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Mary Margaret 6 episodes
2006 Dancing with the Stars Herself / Contestant Season 3
The View Herself / Co-Host Guest
2009 Bones Becca Hedgepeth Episode: "The Salt in the Wounds"
The Cleveland Show Fontaisha (Voice Role) Episode: "Our Gang"
2010 The Electric Company Herself
2014 Downtown Girls Morgan Episode: "The Inception"
2015 Stitchers Solaris Episode: "Future Tense"
The Fourth Door Lain Protagonist
Here We Go Again Kayla Protagonist
2016 High School Musical: 10th Anniversary Herself Special
Miranda's Rights Emily Pilot; Post-production
2017 Guidance Katina Howard Main role; season 3
We Are Family Elise TV Series
2019 I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story Ms. Lewis TV film
The Nightmare Tapes Dolores Walker TV Series
2020 The Disney Family SingAlong Herself Special



  • 19th Annual Young Artist Awards (1996–1997)[17]
Best Performance in a TV MOVIE or FEATURE FILM: Young Ensemble – "Ditchdigger's Daughter"
Best Family TV MOVIE/ PILOT/MINI-SERIES (CABLE) – The Ditchdigger's Daughters, Family Channel
  • Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards (CAMIE) 2006 – The Reading Room[18]
  • Teen Choice Awards 2006 Award for Choice TV Show: Comedy/Musical – High School Musical
  • American Music Award 2007 for High School Musical 2
  • Teen Choice Awards 2009 Award for Choice Movie: Music/Dance – High School Musial
  • Daytime Emmy Awards 2019 : Outstanding Host ( Nominated)


  1. ^ Monique Coleman. Accessed 2011-11-11.
  2. ^ Pat Berman (January 4, 2007). Music Preview: Monique Coleman brings Disney's 'High School' cheer to the fans. Post-Gazette. Accessed 2009-06-06.
  3. ^ Monique Coleman biography
  4. ^ Monique Coleman Biography at [1]
  5. ^ The Ditchdigger's Daughter at IMDB
  6. ^ "High School Musical, Monique Coleman". Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  7. ^ The Reading Room at
  8. ^ Awards
  9. ^ "Monique's luck runs out on 'Dancing' – Dancing With the Stars –". Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  10. ^ TV Guide, TV Listings, Online Videos, Entertainment News and Celebrity News
  11. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  12. ^ "change the world with social media".
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  14. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  15. ^ "Christmas Vacation, Monique Coleman". Shazam. 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  16. ^ "Pop Hits 2010 (Pop It Rock It 2: It's On), Various Artists". Deezer. 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  17. ^ "19th Annual Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  18. ^ The Reading Room (2005) (TV)

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