Without a doubt, there is a fair number of actors and actresses in Hollywood with military lineage and background. Perhaps it is a rebellion from the conservative nature of their upbringing or a needed departure from the rigidly scheduled life that comes from being children of military personnel. Regardless, there is no shortage of Hollywood personalities with such childhood backgrounds, one of which is Sharon Leal.
Those who have seen films like This Christmas, Why Did I Get Married? and Dreamgirls will no doubt be familiar with Sharon Leal. She has starred in these films along with multiple appearances in shows like Legacy, Boston Public and Guiding Light and a couple more.
Keep reading to learn details about the career and biography of the actress, Sharon Leal.
Sharon Leal Biography
They say anyone can be a father, not everyone can be a ‘dad’. Sharon Leal is one of those who would understand this statement in its entirety. She may have been born to an unknown father, whose DNA gave the actress her African American identity, but she was raised by Jesse Leal, her mother’s husband following the break up with her father before she was born. Sharon Leal was born on the 17th of October, 1972 in Tucson, Arizona.
Her biological father and adopted father may not share the same place in her heart but they shared the same occupation. They were both military personnel who both spent time in the Philippines. It is believed that is where they both met her mother, Angelita, who is a Filipino.
Sharon Leal may have been born on US soil, but she spent the first six years of her life in the Philippines. While she was there, she attended a prayer-school and upon the family’s eventual relocation back to the United States in Fresno, California, she attended Roosevelt High School of the Arts.
Her love for the arts, particularly her ability to sing made her a vocal apprentice under the notable Seth Riggs. An experience that helped her to a music scholarship award. Not one to limit her passion for performance art to music, she took up interest in acting and starred in a few theatre productions, including a local production of Dreamgirls and Nunsense.
Sharon Leal appeared on screen for the first time in 1996, starring as Dahlia Crede in Guiding Light. Despite being her first role as an actress on television, she went on to star in 218 episodes of the show between 1996 and 1999. Before her time on the show came to an end, Sharon appeared on another show, Legacy, starring as Marita between 1998 and 1999 in a total of 18 episodes. It was a consistency that any aspiring actress would be happy to have and it continued after her debut show, Guiding Light ended.
She made her first feature-length appearance in Face the Music in 2000, playing the character, Tracie. In the same year, she returned to television and began to star as Marilyn Sudor on Boston Public; she appeared on 72 episodes of the show between 2000 and 2004.
Sharon Leal has also starred in popular films like Why Did I Get Married? where she played the character, Dianne Brock. She reprised the role in the sequel which was released in 2010.
One of her more popular roles was her performance as Michelle Morris in the 2006 film, Dreamgirls. Starring alongside other big names like Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyoncé Knowles. Her performance in the film earned her three nominations from various award bodies, including one from the Screen Actors Guild Award.
In theatre, where she has continued to maintain an appearance, particularly on Broadway, she has starred in over seven plays, including productions of Rent and West Side Story.
With several appearances on television and film, Sharon Leal has been able to accrue a total net worth of $4 million thus far. Not only has television been a strong source of income for the actress, but she can also look to her roles in box office successes like Dreamgirls and Why Did I Get Married as significant contributors to her wealth.
At the moment, Sharon Leal is engaged to Paul Becker, a director, and choreographer. Before their relationship, Sharon was married to Bev Land; the two got married in 2001 and got divorced in 2006. The marriage produced a child, Kai Miles, on the 13th of September 2001.
Following the divorce, Sharon Leal began to date Paul Becker and the couple is currently engaged to be married.
Other Facts About Sharon Leal
1. Despite having a Filipino mother, her dominating skin color is black.
2. She stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches.
3. She has dark hair and dark eyes.
4. She played M’gann M’orzz, also know as Miss Martian, in the CW TV series, Supergirl.
5. Sharon Leal has had lead roles in Hellcats, Instinct and Recovery Road.