Award-nominated actress, writer, and director Keesha Sharp has become known in the entertainment industry for her innate ability to bring complex characters to life on screen, her steadfast professionalism, and her irrefutable beauty, inside and out. Currently Keesha can be seen recurring on the FOX series “Empire” in its final season. Recently, Sharp starred as Trish Murtaugh in the international hit series “Lethal Weapon” for FOX. Rebooting the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” followed Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) as they combat crime in Los Angeles. Sharp shines as Trish, a lawyer and devoted wife and confidante to Roger. “Lethal Weapon” became an instant hit in the US and overseas, and premiered season 2 on September 26, 2017. Sharp was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards for her work on the show.
On the film front, Sharp was most recently seen starring opposite Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, and Sterling K. Brown in “Marshall” (October 2017) for Open Road Films. The film follows the story of Thurgood Marshall (Boseman), the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Sharp is currently nominated for her third NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category for her standout role as Buster Marshall in the film.
Sharp is also well known for her role as Dale Cochran, wife of defense attorney Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance), in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning limited series “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” her series regular role as Gigi on the TBS/Syndicated comedy “Are We There Yet,” in which she also made her directorial debut, and as Monica Charles Brooks on the hit CW series “Girlfriends,” for which she was nominated for her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Additional film credits include: Tyler Perry’s hit film “Why Did I Get Married?,” the upcoming indie films “Frozen Peas” and “Born Guilty,” “The 636,” for which she won Best Actress at the 2014 NYLA International Film Festival, “Shattered!”, “Never Die Alone”, and “American Adobo.” Television credits include: NBC’s “The Player,” The CW’s “Significant Mother,” CBS’ “Bad Teacher,” ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey,” UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris,” TV Land’s “The Exes,” CBS’ “Elementary,” “Cold Case,” and more.
Born in Rochester, New York, Sharp was immersed in music and studied the clarinet, piano, and cello at the prestigious Hochstein School of Music. Her enthusiasm for school theatre led her to apply to The Boston Conservatory, where she received a scholarship. After graduating Cum Laude with a B.F.A. from the 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, in which Sharp read alongside playwright August Wilson himself.
In addition to her work on the screen and stage, Sharp wrote and directed the 2014 short film “Half-Off,” co-wrote “The 636” and has several other original projects in the works. She continues to sing, and currently has a full-length album in production. When she isn’t working in front of or behind the camera, or in the studio recording music, Sharp has a love for fitness and stays in shape boxing and studying Krav Maga. She is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, and plays fantasy football every season. She also enjoys playing piano, hiking and long road trips. Sharp currently resides in Los Angeles with family.
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