Given all the glitz and glamour that comes with Hollywood, it is quite easy to look at the industry with rose-colored glasses. The truth however remains that it is a business that demands complete dedication as well as persistent hard work. This reality has forced many aspiring actors to fall by the way.
There have however been some others who have persisted and are reaping the rewards of their hard work. One person who certainly falls into the latter category is Mishael Morgan. Morgan is a Hollywood actress who hails from Trinidad and Tobago and lives in Canada. She first fell in love with acting at the mere age of 10 and has been able to achieve her lofty childhood dreams.
Her First Brushes with Acting
Mishael Morgan came into this world on July 15, 1986. Her given name at birth is Marie-Charms Mishael Morgan and she was born in San Fernando, a city in Trinidad and Tobago. Mishael spent the first five years of her life in her native Trinidad and Tobago. Her family thereafter sought a better life and immigrated to North America. They initially settled in the state of New York, United States of America.
They however longed for a safer environment and as such, after a few months, they once more moved to Canada. In Canada, Mishael’s family made their home in Toronto and the young girl continued her education at a local elementary school. She actively participated in all class activities. She also took part in a few plays including the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. This experience made a 10-year old Mishael fall in love with acting and she decided to pursue it.
Her Near-death Experience and the Ressurection of Her Passion
Gaining a foothold in the acting business, however, turned out to be a herculean task and Mishael Michael began doubting herself. She, therefore, decided to get a college degree as a backup plan and enrolled at the University of Ottawa to study political science. Mishael completed her degree in 2008 and subsequently decided to go to law school and train as a lawyer. Fate, however, had another plan in stock for the young lady as she suffered a car accident whilst undergoing Christmas vacation in her motherland.
The accident left her bedridden for several days and Mishael found herself wondering whether there were any regrets in her life so far. She realized that she had failed to follow her passion for acting and decided to pursue it if given a second chance. That second chance eventually came in the form of a full recovery and the young girl immediately signed with an agent named David Ritchie. Mishael Morgan kick-started her career by auditioning for a role on the video for Trey Songz‘ hit 2007 single, Wonder Woman. She effortlessly landed the gig and ten months later, she got the recurring role of Tracy on the YTV sitcom, Family Biz.
Following the conclusion of Family Biz, Mishael Morgan spent the next three years appearing in several TV productions including Double Wedding, Covert Affairs, She’s The Mayor, Republic of Doyle, Beauty and the Beast, and Supernatural. Most of these jobs were restricted to one-off appearances but the lady refused to be discouraged. She kept at her craft and eventually scored a recurring role on the long-running soap, The Young and the Restless.
Finding Fame on The Young and the Restless
Morgan joined the cast of Y & R in 2013 and spent six consecutive seasons on the show during which she portrayed the villainous and manipulating Hilary Curtis. Curtis spends all her time tormenting a family known as The Winters. She is later exposed but is able to obtain forgiveness. She subsequently embarks on a forbidden love triangle with the father and son duo of Neil Winters and Devon Hamilton. Morgan portrayed the role of Hillary from 2013 to July 2018. Her excellent performance fetched her much love and respect from fans. It also earned her two Daytime Emmy nominations for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series in 2018 and 2019.
Morgan’s character was killed off Y & R on the 27th of July 2018. This saddened many fans, who had developed a love-hate relationship with her character, and they called for her to be brought back. The showrunners eventually acceded to this request and brought her back in the shape of the mysterious but savvy attorney, Amanda Sinclair. Mishael Morgan debuted as Amanda Sinclair on the 19th of September 2019 and her new character has again proven to be a hit with fans. She also loves the role as it gives her a chance of playing a lawyer, which was something she initially planned to study in real life.
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I have been sitting with this post for a week; wondering what to say about the man that will forever remain the cornerstone of my heart. Do I talk about my great childhood and his gentle wisdom, that will forever shape everything I am? Do I talk about his strength and unwavering love for his family, or his legacy of kindness, that has left its mark on so many others. What is fitting for the man who was my first love, my superhero, and my biggest cheerleader? A man who taught me what unconditional love was and showed me the true power of a father’s heart. Daddy, all that I have, is a “thank you” that rises from the depths of my soul. Thank you for loving me when I didn’t deserve it, trusting me when I didn’t trust myself, and seeing me when no one else did. Thank you for inspiring me to be the greatest version of myself, and for expecting nothing less. Thank you for making me, shaping me and loving me so fiercely, that it still echos in my heart. And thank you for being my angel on earth and in heaven. You will always be the best part of me and I am so lucky I got to call you, Dad. Rest now daddy, because you will forever live on, in my heart ❤️.
Coping With Her Father’s Demise
Mishael Morgan hails from a family of five. Her father’s name is Michael Morgan while her mother is named Sharon. The actress also has two siblings, namely elder sister, Maggris, and younger sister, Monique. Mishael remains quite close to her family and they are equally proud of her accomplishments as a TV star. They, however, suffered a tragedy after their father passed away on the 5th of November 2019. The actress revealed the news on her Instagram page while also disclosing that her dad was just 67 years of age. She subsequently posted a heartfelt tribute to her dad online.
Alongside a picture of their father-daughter dance on her wedding day, Mishael described her late dad as her first love, superhero, and biggest cheerleader. She revealed that he had taught her the meaning of unconditional love and thanked him for trusting her even when she doubted herself. She also thanked him for inspiring her to be the greatest version of herself and revealed that he will live forever in her heart. Morgan’s post led to an outpouring of supportive comments from her followers. She also received condolence messages from her Y & R co-stars including Bryton James, Brytni Sarpy, and Melissa Ordway.
Her Knight in Shining Armour
One fact that is helping Morgan cope with the loss of her dad is her immediate family. The Young and the Restless star is happily married to her husband of nearly a decade, Navid Ali. There are not many available details on the couple’s meet-cute or Navid for that matter. It is however known that he is Indian and that they tied the knot on the 27th of May 2012.
The couple now has two children, namely, son, Niam (born on the 9th of August 2015), and daughter, Naliyah (born on the 8th of November 2018). Morgan is quite crazy about her family and has revealed that her favorite thing to do is simply hanging out with them. The actress also regularly posts pictures of her kids on her Instagram page, proudly sharing their milestones and cheering them on.