Leslie Silva

Actor
Juilliard-trained Leslie Silva seemed cut out for the stage, her wide eyes, expressive features and commanding presence making for an enviable appeal, but the actress would land a regular television role as Doctor Helen ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1968 in Schenectady, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reversion 2011 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Numb3rs 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enterprise 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Odyssey 5 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Agency 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Willetta (Actor)

Providence 1998 - 1999, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 70s 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

Process Server (Actor)

Biography

Juilliard-trained Leslie Silva seemed cut out for the stage, her wide eyes, expressive features and commanding presence making for an enviable appeal, but the actress would land a regular television role as Doctor Helen Reynolds on the hit NBC drama "Providence" in 1999, less than four years after her professional stage debut. On the series, Silva played the head of the low-income medical clinic that employs plastic surgeon to the stars Dr Sydney Hansen (Melina Kanakaredes) upon her return to her titular hometown from Hollywood. Dr Reynolds often brought the idealistic Syd back to earth, as well as serving as her loyal friend and an especially proficient co-worker. As the dedicated and caring, but also tough and uncompromising medico, Silva offered impressive work, her skillful portrayal nuanced enough to keep the character from treading into the two-dimensional stereotype of the hard-nosed and ambitious African-American woman all-too-familiar on contemporary television.

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Milestones

1999

Portrayed Dr Helen Reynolds, the head of a low-income medical clinic that employs Dr Syndey Hansen, in the hit NBC drama "Providence"

1998

Played a nun in a two-part episode of the acclaimed NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1997

Had a bit part as a process server in "Fools Rush In"

1997

Made guest appearance on an episode of the CBS sitcom "Cosby"

1996

Starred in a Signature Theater Company presentation of Sam Shepard's one-act play "Chicago" at New York's Joseph Papp Theater

1995

Featured in a Shakespeare Theatre production of "Macbeth" in Washington, DC

Raised primarily in Saratoga, New York, but also lived in Connecticut, Iowa and Georgia, the family moving frequently because of her father's work as a nuclear engineer

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