Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal

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Lisa Vidal
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Vidal in 2012
Born (1965-06-13) June 13, 1965 (age 52)[1]
Whitestone, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Lisa Vidal Cohen
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Jay Cohen (m. 1990)
Relatives Christina Vidal (sister)
Jill Vidal (sister)

Lisa Vidal (born June 13, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her roles in television series Third Watch, The Division, ER, and The Event. In 2013, Vidal began starring in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane.

Early life[edit]

Vidal was born in Whitestone, Queens, the daughter of Josie, a secretary, and Manny Vidal, a tax consultant and businessman.[2] Her parents moved from Puerto Rico and settled in Manhattan, New York, where Vidal and her two sisters Christina and Tanya were born. She also has a brother named Christian. After Vidal finished her elementary education, she auditioned and was accepted in the High School of Performing Arts. When she graduated, Vidal went to work with La Familia Theater Company, alongside Raul Julia and Julia Roberts. Vidal was 14 years old when she acted in the theater series Oye Willie and later on made her feature debut with a small role in Delivery Boys. Soon, she was working in T.V. with parts in shows such as The Cosby Show.[3][4][5]


From 1994–1995, Vidal appeared in New York Undercover in a recurring role as a reporter named Carmen. In the series she was sister to Det. Eddie Torres, played by Michael DeLorenzo. In 1995, she did some Off-Broadway and worked in The Commish. Vidal has also appeared in number of films, such as Odd Girl Out (2005), Naughty or Nice (2004); Chasing Papi (2003); I Like It Like That (1994); The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) and in Night and the City (1992), alongside Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange, directed by Irwin Winkler.[3][4]

Vidal was series regular in the ABC police drama High Incident (1995–1996), and on The Brian Benben Show in 1998, and later had major recurring roles on Third Watch from 1999–2001 as Dr. Sarah Morales, and ER from 2001–2004 as firefighter Sandy Lopez. From 2001 to 2004, Vidal starred opposite Bonnie Bedelia in the Lifetime drama series The Division, for which she received the 2002 nomination for the ALMA Award in the Best Actress Category. In 2006, she had a brief role in the short-lived action series Smith, as one of the federal agents looking for Ray Liotta‘s group of thieves. In 2010 she starred in NBC drama The Event.[3][4]

In 2013, Vidal began starring opposite Gabrielle Union in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to real estate agent Jay Cohen since 1990 and has two sons, Scott (b. 1992) and Max (b. 1998) and daughter Olivia (b. 2003) and lives in Los Angeles, California with them. She used to own a children’s clothing store called Oodles in Studio City, California.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Delivery Boys Tina
1986 Christmas Eve Maria TV Movie
1988 Miami Vice Angel
1988 Nightmare Beach Girl at Pool
1992 Night and the City Carmen
1994 I Like It Like That Magdalena Soto
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Chorus Voice
1997 Destination Unknown Marisol
1997 Fall Sally
1997 The Third Twin Lisa TV Movie
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Ramona
1998 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Babs Cardoza TV Movie
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Lori Halloran TV Movie
1998 Naked City: A Killer Christmas TV Movie
1999 Hit and Run Detective Rico TV Movie
1999 Active Stealth Maria Direct-to-video
2001 The Blue Diner Elena
2003 Chasing Papi Carmen
2004 Naughty or Nice Diana Ramiro TV Movie
2005 Odd Girl Out Barbara Snyder TV Movie
Imagen Award for Best Actress on Television
2007 Dark Mirror Deborah Martin Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Actress – Film
2009 Signal Lost TV Newswoman
2009 Star Trek Barracks Officer
2010 Baby Dominique Short film
2011 A Day Without Rain Ana Lanza Short film
2014 Victor Lila


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Oye Willie PBS series
1987 The Cosby Show Mrs. Miron 1 episode
1987, 1991 ABC Afterschool Special Gloria Rodriguez 2 episodes
1988 Miami Vice Angel Montepina 1 episode
1992 Law & Order Lena Armendariz 1 episode
1994–95 New York Undercover Carmen Recurring role, 6 episodes
1995 The Commish Connie Muldoon 2 episodes
1996–97 High Incident Officer Jessica Helgado Series regular, 22 episodes
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1996)
1998 The Brian Benben Show Julie Series regular, 8 episodes
1999 Wasteland Unknown Role 2 episodes
1999–2001 Third Watch Dr. Sara Morales Recurring role, 19 episodes
2001–04 The Division Inspector Magdalena “Magda” Ramirez Series regular, 88 episodes
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama (2004)
2001–04 ER Sandy Lopez Recurring role, 12 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Irma Levine 2 episodes
2006 Criminal Minds Gina Sanchez 1 episode
2006–07 Smith Valez Recurring role, 4 episodes
2007 Numb3rs Jessica Malloy 1 episode
2009 Without a Trace Detective Bianca Gonzalez 1 episode
2009 CSI: Miami Patricia Busick 1 episode
2009–10 Southland Mia Sanchez 3 episodes
2010–11 The Event Christina Martinez Series regular, 14 episodes
Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television (2011)
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Stacy Ramos Afterbirth episode
2012–13 Grimm Lauren Castro 2 episodes
2013–present Being Mary Jane Kara Series regular
2014 Shameless Maria Vidal 1 episode
2015-2016 Rosewood Daisie Villa Recurring role, 8 episodes
Being Mary Jane (TV Series)
Kara / Kara Lynch

Feeling Tested (2017) … Kara Lynch
Feeling Seen (2017) … Kara Lynch
Feeling Destined (2017) … Kara Lynch
Feeling Lost (2017) … Kara Lynch
Feeling Ambushed (2017) … Kara Lynch
 2017 Lady Bouncer (Short)
Captain Woodward

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