|Born||Keesha Ulricka Sharp
(1973-06-09) June 9, 1973
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Keesha Sharp (born June 9, 1973) is an American actress and director. She is best-known role is as Monica in the UPN/The CW comedy series, Girlfriends, and as Gigi in the TBS sitcom, Are We There Yet?.
Life and career
Sharp was born in Rochester, New York. After graduating from The Boston Conservatory, Sharp set her sights on the stage. She performed in the Broadway National Tour of Carousel, debuted Off-Broadway in Michael Bradford’s Living in the Wind and played eight different roles in the interactive comedy Eat the Runt. Other theatre performances include Abyssinia, Aida, Thunder Knockin, Jitney, The Producers, Big Street, Suburb and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. On television, she guest starred on Welcome to New York, Third Watch, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, before moving to Los Angeles.
In 2002, Sharp was cast on the CW comedy series Girlfriends, which she played William Dent’s (Reggie Hayes) girlfriend, and later wife, Monica. Her role garnered a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The series ended in 2008. From 2005 to 2006, she also had the recurring role on Everybody Hates Chris as Sheila Ridenhour. Sharp also had roles in films Malibu’s Most Wanted, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, Never Die Alone and Why Did I Get Married?.
After Girlfriends, Sharp had guest starring roles on The Game, Cold Case, Melissa & Joey, Elementary and The Exes. From 2010 to 2012, she was regular cast member on the TBS sitcom, Are We There Yet?.
In 2015, Sharp was cast as Dale Cochran, the wife of Johnnie Cochran (played by Courtney B. Vance), in the FX anthology drama series, American Crime Story. In 2016, she was cast in a series regular role opposite Damon Wayans Sr. in the Fox pilot Lethal Weapon playing Trish Murtaugh (played by Darlene Love in the Lethal Weapon film series). Actuality, Golden Brooks, her Girlfriends originally was cast in role, but was replaced by Sharp during filming of pilot episode.
|2001||Pootie Tang||Party Girl|
|2003||Malibu’s Most Wanted||Sister|
|2003||Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood||Chanel|
|2004||Never Die Alone||Edna|
|2005||What If in This Life||Rape Victim||Short film|
|2007||Why Did I Get Married?||Pam|
|2014||The 636||Hope Rigby||Short film|
|2014||Half-Off||Director and writer|
|2016||You Have a Nice Flight||Kristen|
|2000||Welcome to New York||Lauren||Episode: “The Crier”|
|2001||Third Watch||Grace||Episode: “Walking Wounded”|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Charlene||Episode: “Pique”|
|2004||The Tracy Morgan Show||Lindy Berry||Episodes: “Church” and “Weird Science”|
|2004||Still Standing||Lexi||Episode: “Still Flirting”|
|2005–2006||Everybody Hates Chris||Sheila Ridenhour||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2002–2008||Girlfriends||Monica Charles Brooks||Series regular, 41 episodes|
|2009||The Game||Movie Star||Episode: “Hill Street Blues”|
|2010||Cold Case||Chantel Jones||Episode: “Bombers”|
|2010||Detroit 1-8-7||Keri Rader||Episode: “Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop”|
|2010–2012||Are We There Yet?||Gigi||Series regular, 77 episodes|
|2013||Melissa & Joey||Maggie||Episode: “Teach Your Children”|
|2013||Elementary||Mistress Felicia||Episode: “Poison Pen”|
|2013||Instant Mom||Lynn Lawson||Episode: “Dances with She-Wolves”|
|2014||Bad Teacher||Denise||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2014||The Exes||Dee Dee||Episode: “Catch It ‘Cause You Can”|
|2015||The Player||Maya||Episodes: “Downtown Odds” and “A House Is Not a Home”|
|2016||American Crime Story||Dale Cochran||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2016||Lethal Weapon||Trish Murtaugh||Series regular|