Those who have seen films like This Christmas, Why Did I Get Married?, and Dreamgirls will no doubt be familiar with Sharon Leal. The actress has starred in these films along with multiple appearances in shows like Legacy, Boston Public, Guiding Light, and a couple more. Meanwhile, not many people know that Leal is also a talented singer. Aside from lesser-known details of her career, Leal’s ethnic origins and relationships remain other puzzling aspects of her life.
Sharon Leal’s Background and Early Years
They say, “anyone can be a father, but not everyone can be a daddy.” Sharon Leal is one of those who would understand this statement in its entirety, having been born to an unknown father. As the story goes, her biological father abandoned her mother right before her birth, which occurred on the 17th of October, 1972, in Tucson, Arizona. Her mother, Angelita, subsequently married Jesse Leal, who legally adopted Sharon, giving her his last name and raising her as his child.
Sharon has a military background as both her biological and adopted father were military personnel. While her biological father worked as a military policeman, her foster father was an Air Force Sergeant. The two men also spent time in the Philippines, where they possibly met her mother who is Filipino. With her real father being of African descent, Sharon’s ethnicity is African-Asian while her nationality is American.
Although she was born in the United States, Sharon spent the first six years of her life in the Philippines, where she attended a prayer-school. Upon the family’s eventual relocation to the U.S, Fresno, California in particular, she attended the Roosevelt High School of the Arts. Her interest in the performing arts began while she was still a toddler. The talented artist sang her first recorded song when she was just two.
Her vocal talents later earned her a Santa Cruz Jazz Festival singing scholarship award in 1993. As part of the scholarship, she landed a trainee spot under a famous singer and Michael Jackson vocal tutor, Seth Riggs. As a teenager, Sharon’s passion for the arts expanded to include acting. Consequently, she began appearing in several theatre productions in her community, including the local production of Dreamgirls and Nunsense. Although she started with singing, it was acting that pushed her to the limelight, as well as became her source of livelihood.
Details of Her Career and Major Achievements
Sharon Leal made her first screen appearance 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 this kind of consistency that any aspiring actress would be happy to have, and it continued after her debut show, Guiding Light ended. In 2000, she began to star as Marilyn Sudor on Boston Public, appearing on the show till 2004 in a total of 67 episodes.
In 2006, Sharon Leal played a starring role in the movie adaptation of Dreamgirls. Portraying Michelle Morris, she shared the screens with 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. She also won an Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress for her role in the 2007 musical dramedy, This Christmas. Sharon also starred in Tyler Perry’s 2007 film, Why Did I Get Married? where she played the character, Dianne Brock. She reprised the role in the 2010 sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too?
In 2010, Leal returned to television, playing the regular role of Vanessa Lodge in Hellcats. She subsequently played starring/lead roles in the films, Woman Thou Art Loosed (2012) and Addicted (2014). The latter was a box office success, earning Leal much fame. After appearing in minor roles in several films and TV series, she landed a main role in 2016’s Recovery Road. Therein, she portrayed Charlotte Graham in the teen TV drama. She also played the recurring character of Miss Martian in Supergirl, after which another main role came her way in the 2018-2019 procedural drama, Instinct.
Here’s How Much The Actress Is Worth Now
With several appearances on television, Sharon Leal has so far been able to accrue a net worth of $4 million. Not only has television been a strong source of income for the actress, but she has also earned significantly from movies, many of which turned out box office successes, such as Dreamgirls, Why Did I Get Married? and Addicted.
The talented actress has also boosted her worth with theatrical appearances, particularly on Broadway. She has so far, starred in over seven very successful plays. Notable among them are Rent, Bright Lights, Big City, Making Tracks, and West Side Story. Sharon Leal also featured in the 2000 theatrical release, Face the Music, playing the character of Tracie.
Is Sharon Leal Married Now Or Dating Someone?
At the moment, Sharon Leal is dating Paul Becker, a Canadian choreographer, and dancer. The duo started dating in December 2010. Becker, who is also an actor, film director, and producer, has worked on numerous screen projects. He is, however, most popular for his choreography works on Descendants, Twilight, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Mirror Mirror. He also worked as a producer for Canada’s Got Talent.
Before her relationship with Paul Becker, Sharon Leal was married to Bev Land. Bev, whose real name is John Beverly Amos, is an American actor and director. The two tied the knot in October 2001, barely one month after welcoming their first and only child, Kai. Kai Miles Land was born on the 13th of September 2001. Unfortunately, their union couldn’t last long as the couple separated in 2006, concluding their divorce in 2007.
About six years after their divorce, Bev, who is most popular for movies like All Over The Guy and What Are The Odds, married Dominican-American actress, Dania Ramirez. The duo walked down the aisle in 2013 and has two children together. Sharon and his partner Paul, on the other hand, are engaged as of the time of writing this article. It’s only a matter of time before we start hearing the sound of wedding bells.