• Sharon Leal is a 45-year-old African-American actress and singer of part-Filipino descent
• She was born in Tucson, Arizona USA and adopted by her mother's second husband
• She is best known for her roles in films and TV shows such as “Dreamgirls”, “This Christmas”, “Guiding Light” and “Legacy”
• She has a net worth of $4 million
• She is active on Twitter and Instagram with over 150,000 and 130,000 followers respectively

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Short Info

Net Worth$2.5 million
Date Of BirthOctober 17, 1972
SpouseBev Land
FactFirst wife of Bev Land.

Who is Henry Simmons’ ex-girlfriend, actress Sharon Leal?

Born Sharon Ann Leal under the sign of Libra on the 17th of October 1972, in Tucson, Arizona USA, Sharon Leal is a 45-year-old African-American actress and singer of part-Filipino descent. She is perhaps best known for her screen presence in various roles in films and TV shows, such as “Dreamgirls”, “This Christmas”, “Guiding Light” and “Legacy.” She has had a number of other roles in various films and TV shows throughout her career, active in the often lucrative entertainment business since 1996.


Early Life and Education

Sharon was born to her Filipino mother Angelita, and an African-American military man who actually ended his relationship with her mother before she was born; although illegitimate, her mother married not long afterwards to Jesse Leal, a US Air Force Master Sergeant at Clark Air Base in Philippines, who chose to adopt Sharon., so spent her six earliest years in the Philippines, meanwhile attending prayer-school. At some point during that time, her mother divorced Jesse and married Elmer Manankil, with whom she had a daughter, who is Sharon’s first sibling – Kristina Manankil. The family later moved to Fresno, California, where Sharon matriculated from Roosevelt High School of the Arts. In 1993, she was able to win a vocal scholarship at the “Santa Cruz Jazz Festival”, which earned her studentship under Seth Riggs, who was Michael Jackson’s voice coach. Sharon’s interest in singing came very early, as she used to sing into the microphone at the age of two, while her mother recorded her.


Although she was primarily trained to be a singer, her rise to stardom began with acting, when in 1996 she landed the role of Dahlia Crede, appearing in 218 episodes of the romantic TV drama show entitled “Guiding Light.” After three years on the show, she also obtained a role in the  show entitled “Legacy”, for 18 episodes, and even though busy filming, Sharon also found the time to join the Broadway cast of the rock musical entitled “Rent”, where she could showcase both her acting and singing skills, earning herself considerable recognition. In 2000, she made her film debut as Tracie in “Face the Music,” and the same year landed another big role, this time 67-episodes-long in the TV series entitled “Boston Public”, where she remained until 2004. Over the course of the following six years, she procured several lesser roles in several films and a TV show, while in 2010 she obtained another recurring role in “Hellcats”, but continuing with the same lesser role streak, until eventually landing recurring roles in “Dead of Summer” in 2016, and then “Supergirl” in 2018. At the moment, she is involved in the production of two films, one of which is in post-production and another in filming.

Love Life

As for Sharon’s romantic involvements, she doesn’t keep them to herself, and so the media is well-informed about these endeavors. Her early relationships are out of the limelight, but she dated Henry Simmons, then the actor and director Bev Land – at some point she realized she was pregnant, and the two married a month after Kai Miles Land was born on the 13th of September 2001. However, after six years of marriage, the two separated. In 2012, Sharon Leal was seen holding hands with the Canadian actor and choreographer Paul Becker in New York City and attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September, but neither of the celebrities confirmed their supposed relationship. Ultimately, Sharon can be seen in the company of another man in her Instagram pictures, but his identity is unknown as of yet.

What is Sharon Leal’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Sharon Leal is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Sharon’s accumulated wealth is close to $4 million, largely aided by her successes in the acting industry, while the greatest contribution has come from her long-term presence in “Guiding Light.” As her career continues to develop, the said amount can be expected to increase.

Body Measurements

Concerning the physical attributes of the experienced singer and actress, her vital statistics are said to be 34-24-34, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m), and her weight 120lbs (55kg). Her body shape is generally described as banana, while her hair color is dark brown and her eyes almost black. Lastly, her foot size is 8, her dress size is 4, and her bra size is 32B.

Social Media Presence

Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active actresses to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the titles they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. Sharon herself seems to be a regular subscriber of this celebrity trend, as she is present on most social networks, save for one – Facebook. Her Twitter currently boasts over 150,000followers, and her Instagram account is followed by a somewhat lower 130,000 fans.

General Info

Full NameSharon Leal
Net Worth$2.5 million
Date Of BirthOctober 17, 1972
Height1.72 m
ProfessionActor, Singer


SpouseBev Land
ChildrenKai Miles Land
ParentsJesse Leal, Angelita Leal
SiblingsKristina Manankil


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
MoviesAddicted, Dreamgirls, Why Did I Get Married Too?, This Christmas, Soul Men, Why Did I Get Married?, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, Linewatch, 1982, White Water, Motives 2, Little Murder, Freedom, Face the Music, Limelight, Amateur
TV ShowsHellcats, Boston Public, Legacy

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1First wife of Bev Land.
2Gave birth to her first child at age 28, a son Kai Miles Land on September 13, 2001. Child's father is her ex-husband, Bev Land.
3Her mother is Filipino and her father is African American.




Bella's Story2016post-productionKim
Supergirl2016TV SeriesM'gann M'orzz
No Regrets2016Sofia
Dead of Summer2016TV SeriesRenée / Renee
Grimm2014-2016TV SeriesZuri Ellis
Recovery Road2016TV SeriesCharlotte Graham
The Good Wife2015TV SeriesNicole Rickter
White Water2015TV MovieAnnie
Addicted2014/IZoe Reynard
Perception2014TV SeriesLiza Brahms
Suits2011-2014TV SeriesLisa Parker
Guilty2013TV MovieSara Weston
Reed Between the Lines2013TV SeriesLori Samuels
The Last Letter2013Catherine Wright
19822013/IShenae Brown
Person of Interest2012TV SeriesDr. Madeleine Enright
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day2012Kari Ames
Hellcats2010-2011TV SeriesVanessa Lodge
Ghost of New Orleans2011Jennifer
Why Did I Get Married Too?2010Dianne
Private Practice2009TV SeriesSonya Nichols
Limelight2009TV MovieNina
Soul Men2008Cleo
Linewatch2008Angela Dixon
This Christmas2007Kelli Whitfield
Why Did I Get Married?2007Diane
Motives 22007VideoNina
CSI: Miami2007TV SeriesLauren Sloan
Dreamgirls2006Michelle Morris
LAX2004-2005TV SeriesMonique DeSouza
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesNina
What Are the Odds2004ShortNikki
Boston Public2000-2004TV SeriesMarilyn Sudor
Face the Music2000Tracie
Guiding Light1996-1999TV SeriesDahlia Crede
Legacy1998-1999TV SeriesMarita


Freedom2014/IIperformer: "On My Way To Canaan", "I Need You Now"
Dancing on Ice2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hellcats2010-2011TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Ghost of New Orleans2011performer: "When the Levee Breaks"
Soul Men2008performer: "Comfort Me", "Do Your Thing", "Walk in the Park"
Dreamgirls2006performer: "It's All Over", "I'm Somebody", "Family" Reprise, "Step on Over", "One Night Only" Disco, "Hard to Say Goodbye", "Dreamgirls" Finale, "Love Love Me Baby"
Boston Public2001TV Series performer - 1 episode


White Water2015TV Movie co-producer


The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Real2014TV SeriesHerself
Sharon Leal: Giant2014Video shortHerself
Addicted: Live With Zane2014TV MovieHerself
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV MovieHerself
The 36th Annual Gracie Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Black Girls Rock2010TV MovieHerself
Tavis Smiley2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2010TV SeriesHerself
Three Days in Cannes2009Video shortHerself
15 Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
2008 Asian Excellence Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHerself
Baisden After Dark2007TV SeriesHerself
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Building the Dream2007Video documentaryHerself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter


Nominated Awards

2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleDreamgirls (2006)
2007Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastDreamgirls (2006)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureDreamgirls (2006)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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