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Oct 17, 1972
One of the famous American actresses and singers, Sharon Leal was born a performer. She started singing when she was very young at the age of two. Though she is known by the name ‘Sharon Leal’, her real name is ‘Sharon Ann Leal’. Leal is popular as an actress from different characters in movies like ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘This Christmas’, ‘Why Did I Get Married ?’, ‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’. The actress has also done several television shows like ‘Legacy’, ‘Guiding Light’, and ‘Boston Public’. Leal has also worked as a musician, Leal has sung in cabaret productions at B. Smith’s, The Violet, and Steve McGraw’s, all in New York City.
Caption: Sharon Leal
Sharon Leal: Early life, family and education
The artist was born on 17 October 1972 in Tuscon, Arizona. When she was six, she moved to the Philippines with her parents. In the Philippines, she went to prayer-school for studies. Later, along with her parents, Leal moved back to the US and settled in Fresno, California. Leal has a younger step-sister named ‘Kristina Manankil’ from her step-father ‘Elmer Manankil’.
When leal sang into a microphone when two, her parents taped her singing. She was a performer since she was young. On her teenage days, she used to work on community theater. The actress studied in Fresno, ‘Roosevelt High School of the Arts’ and graduated from there. She also got a chance to learn music with ‘Seth Riggs’, from a scholarship she got at the ‘Santa Cruz Jazz Festival’. Seth Riggs is an American singer, actor, and vocal coach.
Caption: Sharon Leal with her son
Sharon Leal: Career and achievements
Leal’s career in acting initiated with her screen debut in 1996, as ‘Dahlia Crede’ in ‘Guiding Light’, which is the longest-running American serial in history. She performed in over 200 episodes of the series, from 1996 to 1999. She was also cast in the regular role of ‘Marita’ in 18 episodes of the primetime ‘UPN’ series ‘Legacy’ from 1998 to 1999. Leal was also present in the series called ‘Boston Public’ which was about the interactions between the students and the faculty of a public high school. Leal as the character, Marilyn Sudor won the hearts of many. The character was a plain-speaking music teacher. Her singing skills were displayed with a Christmas song in the series.
Around the same time, She recorded an R&B album with ‘Universal Records’. She united with the ‘Broadway’ group of the rock music with whom she toured. Leal made her big-screen debut as ‘Tracie’ in the 2000 film ‘Face the Music’. Her movie, ‘Dreamgirls’won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for the ‘Best Film’ and Leal received a number of nominations for her performance, including one for the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’.
Caption: Sharon Leal in her music video ‘Giant’
She has also appeared in films like ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ in 2007 and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’ in 2010. She also played prominent roles in films such as ‘Soul Men’, ‘Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day’. Lesser known fact, Her portrayal of ‘Kelli Whitfield’ in the 2007 film ‘This Christmas’ earned her the ‘Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress’ for the year 2008. She has co-produced the 2015 TV movie ‘White Water.’ Currently, Leal is playing the role of ‘Miss Martian’ in the series ‘Supergirl’. She has been doing this role since 2016. In 2018, she did the roles of ‘Charlotte Graham’ and ‘Lt. Jasmine Gooden’ in the 2016 teen TV series ‘Recovery Road’ and ‘Instinct’.
Caption: Sharon Leal on the premier of ‘Sucker’
Sharon Leal: Personal life
The 47-year-old actress is dating actor, director, Choreographer, ‘Paul Becker’. Two of them have been in a relationship since 2010.
Leal was actually married to ‘Bev Land’, an American actor and director in October 2001. Two of them met in 2000 and soon started dating. They even have a son, ‘Kai Miles’ born in September 2001. Leal and Land married in October 2001 but eventually, divorced in 2007.
Caption: Sharon Leal and Paul Becker
Leal’s mother, is Filipino and father African-American. Both her parents broke up born she was born. Consequently, her mother married ‘Jesse Leal, a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and a police officer at Clark Air Base. Her stepfather legally adopted her.
Sharon Leal: Net Worth and Social media
The actress has a net worth of $4 million. Her main source of income are remarkable films and TV series. She is accessible in social media with username ‘realleal’ with 135k followers. Leal likes to post about herself, her friends, work and vacation pictures.
Sharon Leal: Body measurements
Leal is one of the most beautiful actresses with caramel skin tone and a slim, tall body. She stands 1.73 meters and weighs 55 kgs. She has a neat hourglass-shaped body with a measurement of 34-24-34. Her shoe and dress size are 8 and 4 respectively.