Sharon Ann Leal (born October 17, 1972)[2] is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in movies such as Dreamgirls, This Christmas, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and her roles on the television shows Legacy, Guiding Light, and Boston Public.

Personal life

Leal was born in Tucson, Arizona. Her mother, Angelita, is Filipino. Her father was an African-American military policeman who broke up with her mother before Sharon was born.[3][4] Shortly after, her mother married Jesse Leal, a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and a police officer at Clark Air Base, Philippines; he legally adopted Sharon.[2][5]

Former Guiding Light co-star Yvonna Wright has said that she and Leal are close friends; the two starred together in a community production of Dreamgirls in their hometown.

In October 2001 she married Bev Land. Their son Kai Miles Land was born in September 2001.[2]

As of March 2012, Leal is dating Canadian actor Paul Becker.[6]


Leal's career began with the role of Dahlia Crede in the CBS daytime serial Guiding Light. Later, she joined the Broadway company of Rent. Soon after, she was cast as Mimi for the San Francisco leg of the first national tour of Rent. Leal also appeared on the 1999 original cast recording of the Off-Broadway musical Bright Lights, Big City alongside Patrick Wilson and Jesse L. Martin. She also appeared on the 2001 cast recording of Making Tracks.

From 2000 to 2004, Leal starred in the Fox prime time TV series Boston Public. Leal also had a role in the theatrical release Face the Music. She also appeared in a recurring role in the short-lived NBC series LAX, as the wife of airport co-director, Roger de Souza.

She also co-starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as Michelle Morris, Effie White's replacement in the pop group The Dreams, with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx. In 2007 Leal also starred in This Christmas and in the Tyler Perry production Why Did I Get Married?. She played the character Vanessa Lodge in the series Hellcats, until it was cancelled in 2011.



2000Face the MusicTracie
2006DreamgirlsMichelle MorrisNominated—Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007Motives 2Nina
Why Did I Get Married?Dianne Bob
This ChristmasKelli WhitfieldWinner—Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress
2008Soul MenCleo Whitfield
LinewatchAngela Dixon
2010Why Did I Get Married Too?Dianne Bob
2011Little MurderJennifer
2012Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh DayKari Ames
2013The Last LetterCathrine Wright


YearTV SeriesRoleNotes
1998–1999LegacyMaritaRegular role: 18 episodes
1996–1999Guiding LightDahlia CredeRegular role: 218 episodes
2000–2004Boston PublicMarylin SudorRegular supporting role: 67 Episodes
2005Las VegasNinaEpisode: "Sperm Whales and Spearmint Rhinos"
2004–2005LAXMonique DeSouzaRecurring role: 3 episodes
2007CSI: MiamiLauren SloanEpisode: "Internal Affairs"
2009Private PracticeDr. Sonya NicholsRecurring role: 5 episodes
2010–2011HellcatsVanessa LodgeRegular role: 21 episodes
2011SuitsLisa ParkerEpisode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2012Person of InterestDr. Madeleine EnrightEpisode: "Critical"
2014PerceptionInspector Liza BrahmsEpisode: "Obsession"
2014GrimmTyler "Zuri" EllisRecurring: 2 episodes
2016Recovery RoadCharlotte GrahamMain role