Sherri Saum

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Sherri Saum
Sherri Saum 2014.jpg
Saum in 2014
Born Sherri M. Saum
(1974-10-01) October 1, 1974 (age 43)
Dayton, Ohio United States
Alma mater Ohio State University
New York University
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Kamar de los Reyes (m. 2007)
Children 2

Sherri M. Saum (born October 1, 1974) is an American actress. Saum currently stars as Lena Adams Foster in the Freeform drama series The Fosters. She is also known for her television roles in Beggars and Choosers, Rescue Me and In Treatment, as well as for her roles in the daytime soap operas Sunset Beach, and One Life to Live.

Early life[edit]

Saum was born in Dayton, Ohio[1] to a German mother and an African-American father.[2] She got her start at a Model Search America convention near her home in Kettering, Ohio.[3] She was discovered during high school, modeling mostly during summer breaks until she moved to New York to work full-time with the NY modeling agency Images Management. Saum attended Ohio State University in Columbus, and New York University in New York.[4]


Saum with Teri Polo in 2013

Saum began her acting career in the NBC daytime soap opera, Sunset Beach as Vanessa Hart, during the entire run of the series, from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the show.[5] Later in 1999, Saum was cast as a series regular in the Showtime comedy-drama series Beggars and Choosers (1999–2000), and guest-starred on Girlfriends, and Charmed. From August 31, 2001 to September 16, 2003, Saum had her second daytime television role in the ABC soap, One Life to Live, as Keri Reynolds.[6][7]

From 2006 to 2007, Saum played the role of Natalie in the FX drama series Rescue Me. She appeared in the Hallmark Television film Relative Stranger with Cicely Tyson and Eriq La Salle. She also appeared in the independent film Ten Stories Tall with Ally Sheedy and Josh Hamilton. In 2009 she played the series regular role of Bess in Season 2 of the HBO drama series In Treatment.[8] The next few years she had guest-starring roles in CW's Gossip Girl, CBS's Unforgettable, ABC's Body of Proof and Revenge.[9] In 2011, Saum was cast as the lead character of the ABC drama pilot Grace (written by Krista Vernoff), opposite Abigail Spencer and Eric Roberts, but the show was not picked up.[10]

In 2012, Saum was cast along with Teri Polo in the lead roles of the Jennifer Lopez-produced drama series The Fosters for ABC Family.[11][12] The series premiered on June 3, 2013.[13][14] In 2015, she guest starred in the ABC series, How to Get Away with Murder.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

On May 19, 2007, Saum married longtime boyfriend and former One Life to Live castmate Kamar de los Reyes in New York City.[17] On December 3, 2013, Saum's rep announced the couple were expecting twins.[18] They welcomed twin boys John Rubén and Michael Luís on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Anne B. Real Janet Gimenez
Finding Home Candace
2005 Love and Suicide Georgina
2009 Relative Stranger Nicole Tate Television film
2010 Ten Stories Tall Susan
2012 Take It Lover Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1999 Sunset Beach Vanessa Hart Series regular, 281 episodes
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1999)
1999–2001 Beggars and Choosers Casey Lennox Series regular, 29 episodes
2000 Girlfriends Angela Anderson Episode: "The Importance of Being Frank"
2001 Charmed Ariel Episode: "Pre-Witched"
2001–2003 One Life to Live Keri Reynolds Series regular
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for America's Favorite Couple (2002)
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Tiffany Jackson Episode: "Pattern of Conduct"
2006 Love Monkey Daria Episode: "Nice Package"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lydia Wyatt Episode: "The Healer"
Drift Luna TV Pilot
2006–2007 Rescue Me Natalie Recurring role, 15 episodes
2007 Army Wives Vanessa Kelsing Episode: "Only the Lonely"
2009 In Treatment Bess Series regular, 6 episodes
CSI: Miami Karen Ballard Episode: "Point of Impact"
2009–2010 Gossip Girl Holland Kemble Episodes: "The Debarted", "The Hurt Locket", "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World", "Ex-Husbands and Wives"
2010 Heroes Kate Bennet Episode: "The Wall"
Memphis Beat Melinda Connor Episode: "One Night of Sin"
Lie to Me Candice McCallister Episode: "The Royal We"
2011 Grace Shay Grace Davis TV Pilot
Whole Truth, TheThe Whole Truth Dr. Christy Turner Episode: "Lost in Translation"
Body of Proof Nina Wheeler Episode: "Letting Go"
Unforgettable Rosario Sanchez Episode: "Road Block"
2012 CSI: NY Elaine Moore Episode: "Unwrapped"
2013 Revenge Donna Carlisle Episode: "Collusion"
2013–present The Fosters Lena Adams Foster Lead role
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sondra Vaughn Episode: "Gambler's Fallacy"
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Tanya Randolph Episode: "It's Called the Octopus"
The Mysteries of Laura Cecilia Burke Episode: "The Mystery of the Dead Heat"
2016 Code Black Shawna Jacobson Episode: "Corporeal Form"


  1. ^ One Life to Live: Bios Accessed December 12, 2007
  2. ^ Mixed Actors and Actresses Page 4 Accessed December 12, 2007
  3. ^ Moss, Meredith (January 6, 1995). "The Model Student". Dayton Daily News. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Sherri Saum Biography". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Daytime Emmy Nominees List 1". Variety. Los Angeles: Penske Business Media. March 11, 1999. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "About OLTL: Who's Who in Llanview | Keri Reynolds | One Life to Live @". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  7. ^ "One Life To Live Throwback Thursday Poll: Keri Reynolds' Death. - One Life To Live News -". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Sherri Saum on In Treatment | Daytime Confidential". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  9. ^ "Sherri Saum Books 'Juicy Role' On ABC's 'Revenge'". IndieWire. November 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Andrew J. West, Marcia Gay Harden, Sherri Saum Get Pilot Leads". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Teri Polo & Sherri Saum To Star In Jennifer Lopez's ABC Family Pilot 'The Fosters'". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  12. ^ "'West Wing,' 'Rescue Me' Actresses to Star in Jennifer Lopez's ABC Family Pilot". 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  13. ^ "ABC Family picks up two new dramas". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  14. ^ "Teri Polo & Sherri Saum To Star In Jennifer Lopez's ABC Family Pilot 'The Fosters'". Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  15. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Sherri Saum Joins 'How to Get Away With Murder': 'HTGAWM' Season 2 Cast - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "'How to Get Away With Murder' Casts 'The Fosters' Star Sherri Saum in Guest Role". TheWrap. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Two ABC ('OLTL' and 'AMC') soap stars off the market". Jamaica Gleaner. June 9, 2007. 
  18. ^ Takeda, Allison (2013-12-03). "Sherri Saum Pregnant, Expecting Twins With Kamar de los Reyes - Us Weekly". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
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