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Lisa Vidal
Born June 13, 1965 (1965-06-13) (age 44)
New York City, New York
Other name(s) Lisa Vidal Cohen
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980—present
Spouse(s) Jay Cohen (1990-present) 3 children

Lisa Vidal (born June 13, 1965) is an American film and television actress.


Early years

Vidal was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Josie, a secretary, and Manny Vidal, a tax consultant and businessman.[1] Her parents emigrated from Puerto Rico and settled in Manhattan, New York, where Vidal and her two sisters Christina and Tanya were born. She also has a brother named Christian. After Vidal finished her elementary education, she auditioned and was accepted in the High School of Performing Arts. When she graduated, Vidal went to work with La Familia Theater Company, alongside Raul Julia and Julia Roberts. Vidal was 14 years old when she acted in the theater series Oye Willie and later on made her feature debut with a small role in Delivery Boys. Soon, she was working in T.V. with parts in shows such as The Cosby Show.

Acting career

From 1994-1995, Vidal worked in New York Undercover as a reporter named Carmen. In the series she was sister to Det. Eddie Torres, played by Michael DeLorenzo. In 1995, she did some Off-Broadway and worked in The Commish. Among the other series she has worked in are: The Brian Benben Show in 1998 as "Julie"; Third Watch from 1999-2001 as "Sarah Morales" ; ER from 2001-2004 as "Sandy Lopez". Vidal had starring roles in High Incident (1996) and The Division (2001), for which she received the 2002 nomination for the ALMA Award in the Best Actress Category. In 2006, she had a brief role in the short-lived action series Smith, as one of the federal agents looking for Ray Liotta's group of thieves.

Vidal has also participated in the following movies: Odd Girl Out (2005), Naughty or Nice (2004); Chasing Papi (2003); I Like It Like That (1994); The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) and in Night and the City (1992), alongside Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange, directed by Irwin Winkler. She is currently starring in HBO's The Blue Diner and co-starring in NBC's Southland.

Personal life

She has been married to real estate agent Jay Cohen since 1990 and has two sons, Scott (b. 1992) and Max (b. 1998) and daughter Olivia (b. 2003) and lives in Los Angeles, California with them. She owns and does the buying for a children's clothing store called Oodles in Studio City, California.


Year Film Role Notes
1985 Delivery Boys Tina Film Debut
1986 Christmas Eve Maria TV Movie
1988 Nightmare Beach Girl at Pool
1992 Night and the City Carmen
1994 I Like It Like That Magdalena Soto
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Chrous Voice
1997 Destination Unknown Marisol
Fall Sally
The Third Twin Lisa TV Movie
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Ramona
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Babs Cardoza TV Movie
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Lori Halloran
Naked City: A Killer Christmas
1999 Hit and Run Detective Rico TV Movie
Active Stealth Maria Direct-to-video
2001 The Blue Diner Elena
2003 Chasing Papi Carmen
2004 Naughty or Nice Diana Ramiro TV Movie
2005 Odd Girl Out Barbara TV Movie
2007 Dark Mirror Deborah Martin
2009 Signal Lost TV Newswoman
Star Trek Barracks Officer
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Oye Willie Unknown Role Unknown episode(s)
1987 The Cosby Show Mrs. Miron 1 episode
1987-1991 ABC Afterschool Special Gloria Rodriguez 2 episodes
1988 Miami Vice Angel Montepina 1 episode
1992 Law & Order Lena Armendariz 1 episode
1994-1995 New York Undercover Carmen Recurring character
1995 The Commish Connie Muldoon 2 episodes
1996-1997 High Incident Officer Jessica Helgado
1998-2000 The Brian Benben Show Julie Recurring character
1999 Wasteland Unknown Role 2 episodes
1999-2001 Third Watch Dr. Sara Morales
2001-2004 The Division Inspector Magdalena "Magda" Ramirez
ER Sandy Lopez
2006 Boston Legal Irma Levine 2 episodes
Criminal Minds Gina Sanchez 1 episode
2006-2007 Smith Valez Recurring character
2007 Numb3rs Jennifer Malloy 1 episode
2009 Without a Trace Detective Bianca Gonzalez 1 episode
CSI: Miami Patricia Busick
Southland Mia Sanchez 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1996 NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated High Incident
1998 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series Nominated The Third Twin
1999 Outstanding Actress in Made-for Television Movie or Mini-Series Nominated The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
2002 Outstanding Actress in a Television Series Nominated The Division
2004 Imagen Foundation Award Best Actress in a Television Drama Nominated
2006 Best Actress in a Television Movie Won Odd Girl Out

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