Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Birthday: October 17
Sharon Leal received international attention for her role in the Golden Globe Award-winning film “Dreamgirls,” portraying Michelle Morris, the singer who replaced Effie White (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson) in the female trio The Dreams.
Leal recurs on the television series “Supergirl” and has had series regular roles on “Hellcats,” “Recovery Road” and “Boston Public.” Also, she has appeared in “Person of Interest” and “CSI: Miami,” on the Network, “Suits,” “Perception,” “Grimm” and “Private Practice.”
Recently, Leal starred opposite Noah Wylie in independent drama “Shot,” and the Netflix film “Amateur,” alongside Josh Charles. She co-starred in the two ensemble films: the #1 box office hit “Why Did I Get Married?” with Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, and the holiday feature “This Christmas,” alongside Idris Elba, Regina King and Chris Brown. Her additional feature film credits include “Soul Men,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day,” “Freedom,” “1982” and “Addicted.”
Leal’s professional career began in regional theater productions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Into the Woods” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Soon thereafter, she moved to New York and landed roles on Broadway in “Miss Saigon” and “Rent.” Leal went on to star in the original musical “Bright Lights Big City” at the New York Theater Workshop. While in New York, she produced an original production of “Stormy Weather” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in which she starred as the legendary Lena Horne.
Leal is a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors, enjoys boxing, kickboxing and dancing (salsa and hip hop) in her free time and supports Chrysalis and the Save the Music Foundation.
Born in Tucson, Ariz., she now resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is Oct. 17. Follow her on Instagram @realleal.