Sharon Leal

Actor, Singer
Playing dedicated young teacher Marilyn Sudor on the David E. Kelley Fox drama "Boston Public" introduced beautiful African-American actress Sharon Leal to a wide audience, but she was already familiar to many thanks to ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1979 in Tucson, Arizona, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Grimm 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Recovery Road 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom 2015 (Movie)

Vanessa Woodward (Actor)

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Addicted 2014 (Movie)

Zoe Reynard (Actor)

Face the Music 2014 (Movie)

Tracie (Actor)

Perception 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suits 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

1982 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Girls Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Letter 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 (Movie)

Kari Ames (Actor)

Hellcats 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Murder 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Dianne (Actor)

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

Cleo (Actor)

Linewatch 2007 (Movie)

Angela Dixon (Actor)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Kelli Whitfield (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

Dianne (Actor)

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

Michelle Morris (Actor)

LAX 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Public 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

("Comfort Me") (Song Performer)

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

("It's All Over" Song from the Original Broadway Production of DreamGirls) (Song Performer)

Biography

Playing dedicated young teacher Marilyn Sudor on the David E. Kelley Fox drama "Boston Public" introduced beautiful African-American actress Sharon Leal to a wide audience, but she was already familiar to many thanks to her two-and-a-half-year (1996-98) stint on the CBS soap "Guiding Light," a regular role on the 1998-99 UPN drama "Legacy" and extensive stage work. Born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Fresno, California, Leal began her acting training on the West Coast but headed east to New York City to jump-start her career. Landing a role on "Guiding Light" as the likable Dahlia Crede offered the actress a great opportunity to hone her craft, and the notoriously rough working week daytime performers put in was good training for Broadway, where the actress would land parts in "Miss Saigon" and "Rent." As the understudy for the lead role of Mimi in the latter, Leal was often called upon to strut her stuff and showcase her more-than-capable singing voice. Starring as Mimi in the 1999 San Francisco leg of the touring company of "Rent," she was able to really make the character her own, and many fans of the cult-inspiring play have marked her portrayal as among the show's best.

Relationships

Bev Land Actor

Husband
Married October 2001 Divorced 2007

Kai Land

Son
Born Sept. 13. 2001; father, Bev Land

Jesse Leal

Adoptive parent
Married Sharon's mother 1972 Divorced 1979 Sharon is still very close to Jesse Leal

Angelita Manakil

Mother
Filipino

Elmer Manankil

Step-Father

Kristina Manankil

Half-Sister
Born 1983

EDUCATION

Roosevelt High School of the Arts

Fresno , California

Diablo Valley Junior College

Pleasant Hill , California

Milestones

2010

Re-teamed with Perry for the sequel "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"

2008

Co-starred in the musical feature "Soul Men" with Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac

2007

Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"

2006

Featured in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" as Michelle Morris, Effie White's replacement

2004

Appeared in a recurring role in the short-lived NBC series "LAX"

2002

Recorded an R&B album with Universal Records

2001

Co-starred in the indie feature "Face the Music"; screened at Cannes

2000

Cast in the controversial FOX drama "Boston Public" as teacher Marilyn Sudor

1999

Reprised role of Mimi in the San Francisco production of "Rent"

1998

Played Mimi in the Broadway production of "Rent"

1996

Was a regular on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

Appeared on Broadway in the musical "Miss Saigon"

Appeared in stage productions of "West Side Story" and "Dreamgirls"

Raised in Fresno, California

Began working in community theater productions at age 13

Bonus Trivia

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In 1998, Leal was named one of the 50 most beautiful people in daytime by Soap Opera Weekly.

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