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Sharon Leal
Born October 17, 1972 (1972-10-17) (age 37)
Tucson, Arizona
Occupation actress
Years active 2000-present

Sharon Leal (born October 17, 1972) is an American actress.



Leal's career began with the role of Dahlia Crede in the CBS daytime serial Guiding Light from 1996 to 1999. In 1998, 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, staying with the company until it closed in September 1999. 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. 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. The film was released on December 25, 2006. In 2007 Leal also starred in This Christmas and in the Tyler Perry production Why Did I Get Married?.

Leal directed TV shows including, Sister, Sister, The Game, One on One, Girlfriends, Half & Half, The Parent 'Hood, and Private Practice.


Leal was born in Tucson, Arizona to a Filipino mother and African American father.[1] Her adoptive father, Jesse Leal, was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and a police officer at Clark Air Base, Philippines; he married Leal's mother in 1972 and legally adopted Leal.[2] Leal's mother Angelita, a housewife, later re-married to Elmer Manankil, the father of Leal's younger sister, Kristina.

Personal Life

With Bev Land, her husband, Leal has a son, Kai Miles Land (born 2001).

Former Guiding Light costar, Yvonna Wright, has said that she and Leal are close friends; the two starred together in a community production of Dreamgirls in their hometown.[3]

Leal is currently involved in divorce proceedings with husband Bev Land, which she discussed briefly in an interview with Essence.




Year Film Role Notes
2000 Face the Music Tracie 1st Film Role
2006 Dreamgirls Michelle Morris Feature Film
2007 Motives 2 Nina
Why Did I Get Married? Dianne Feature Film
This Christmas Kelli Whitfield Feature Film
2008 Soul Men Cleo
Linewatch Angela Dixon
2009 Limelight Nina Completed
2010 Little Murder Jennifer post-production
Why Did I Get Married Too? Dianne Brock filming
Redemption Jada pre-production


Year TV Series Role Notes
1996 The Guiding Light Dahlia Crede 218 Episodes
1998 Legacy Marita Regular Role: 18 Episodes
2000 Boston Public Marilyn Sudor Regular Supporting Role: 67 Episodes
2004-2005 Las Vegas Nikki and Nina Separate Roles: 2 episodes
LAX Monique DeSouza Recurring role: 3 episodes
2009 Private Practice Sonya Recurring role: 5 episodes


  • Asian Excellence Awards
    • 2008, Outstanding Film Actress This Christmas (winner)
    • 2007, Outstanding Film Supporting Actress Dreamgirls (nominated)


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