Birthday: December 30
Sheryl Lee Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and Broadway. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” which earned her Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. She returned to Broadway in 2002 for a one-year stint in the Tony Award-winning musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” portraying the sassy chanteuse Muzzy Van Hossmere. Recently, she reunited with Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday for a sold-out, one-night-only “Dreamgirls” reunion celebrating its 35th anniversary. Also, she returned to Broadway as Madame Morrible in “Wicked.” Currently, she is a producer on the critically acclaimed Broadway-bound musical “Mighty Real.”
Ralph spent three years as the lead on the hit Nickelodeon series “Instant Mom” opposite Tia Mowry and Michael Boatman. Concurrently, she recurred as Claudette opposite Jon Voight in SHOWTIME’s RAY DONOVAN. Also, she appeared in “Two Broke Girls” and CRIMINAL MINDS and has a recurring role on MACGYVER, all on the Network. Recent television movie credits include Hallmark’s “Christmas at Holly Lodge” and Netflix’s “Step Sisters.” Other television credits include “Smash,” “It’s a Living,” “Designing Women,” “The District” and “Moesha,” among others.
On the big screen, Ralph’s credits include “The Mighty Quinn” with Denzel Washington,” “Mistress” with Robert De Niro,” “To Sleep with Anger” with Danny Glover, “The Distinguished Gentleman” with Eddie Murphy and “Just Getting Started” with Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “To Sleep with Anger.”
Also a successful writer and director, Ralph’s award-winning short film “Secrets,” co-starring Alfre Woodard and Robin Givens, was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, SHOWTIME’s Filmmaker Award series and BET’s Filmmaking Contest and was selected as the audience favorite at the Outfest Film Festival. “Secrets” was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Festival, the Acapulco Film Festival and the Urban World Film Festival. Ralph is the creator of the Jamerican Film and Music Festival.
Ralph resides in Los Angeles and Philadelphia with her husband, Senator Vincent Hughes. Her birthday is Dec. 30. She can be followed on Twitter @thesherylralph and Instagram @diva3482.