The American actress, Sharon Leal has become one of the finest actresses on TV screens. She developed a keen interest in arts from her childhood and today, she has become highly successful in her acting career. The actress has featured in several TV series and movies including Dreamgirls, Boston Public, and Legacy. For her brilliant performances, she has been nominated for several awards out of which she has won a few. Asides from acting, Leal is also a talented singer. Read on to find out more about her below.
Sharon Leal Biography
Sharon Leal was born as Sharon Ann Leal in Tucson, Arizona United States on October 17, 1972. She had her formative years in California. Moreso, she also lived briefly in the Philippines alongside her stepfather and mother. Sharon attended a prayer school when she was six and subsequently, joined Roosevelt High School of the Arts, Fresno California. She became a vocal apprentice under Seth Riggs and with time, she bagged a music scholarship at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals.
Meanwhile, Sharon was said to have desired to be a singer right from her childhood days. She often mimicked a few music celebrities singing on top of her voice on most occasions. Her parents who loved her and supported her dreams often took records of her singing. With time, that little talent has produced one of the finest arts celebrity in the world.
Subsequently, she combined her singing skills with acting and further appeared in a few theatre plays performing at her very best. She moved from theatre plays and made her first appearance on set in the 2006 television series, Guiding Light. There, she played the recurring role of Dahlia Crede until 1999. She also starred in the American Western drama series, Legacy from 1998 to 1999.
Later on, the actress played a supporting role in the year 2000 drama series, Boston Public. She also made outstanding performances in other TV series including, Las Vegas (2005), LAX Monique (2004–2005), CSI: Miami Lauren(2007), Private Practice (2009), Hellcats (2010-2011), Suits (2011), Person of Interest (2012), and Perception (2014), etc.
Additionally, Sharon made her first film appearance while playing the role of Tracie in the 2000 movie, Face The Music. Following her top-notch performance in the Dream Girls (2006)), she was nominated for the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She also appeared as Nina in the 2007 blockbuster movie, Motives. Her other films include Soul Men, Line Watch, and Why Did I Get Married?, This Christmas; a movie that gave her the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress award, among others.
Parents Of The Actress
Sharon was born into a broken home, that regardless, she knew no lack as a child. There are no many details about her biological father but it is no secret that the man broke up with the actress’s mother before she was born. Also, he was an African-American military policeman. Her mother, Angelita subsequently remarried a man named Jesse. Her new husband worked as a Master Sergeant in the US Airforce. He also worked in Clark Airbase in the Philippines as a police officer. It was with Jesse that Sharon understood the term fatherly love.
Angelita was said to have married again after her second marriage became history. She got married to Elmer Manankil and shares a daughter, Kristina Manankil with him. Hence, Kristina became Sharon’s stepsister.
Her Husband and Children
The actress has been married twice. Her first marriage was with John Beverly Amos who is often referred to as Bev Land. There is a dearth of information regarding the details of their meeting, however, it is quite publicized that the two officially became an item in October 2001. Prior to their wedding, they welcomed their first child, a son named Kai Miles, born on September 13, 2001. However, their union which looked like a sweet tale later turned sour. They finally couldn’t take up the heat in their marriage and their divorce was finalized in 2007.
After their divorce, the actress went on to have a few relationships and flings with other people before eventually getting hooked to Paul Becker; a movie director. Paul and Leal started off their relationship in 2006 and are currently engaged. They are yet to tie the knot, however, from the look of things, the two seem to be perfectly made for each other. We look forward to their wedding bells in the nearest future.
Her Net Worth
Sharon Leal has recorded tremendous success since the inception of his career. She has excelled both in her music as well as her acting career. She has been nominated for a few awards out of which she has won a good number of them. That said, the actress has been enjoying a lavish lifestyle and her net worth is currently penned at $4 million.