First coming to the attention of public with small parts in movies like “Pootie Tang” (2001) and “American Adobo” (2001), African-American actress Keesha Sharp, sometimes credited as Keesha Fleth, hit the big time when she won the regular role of Monica, Reggie Hayes' wife, in the hit UPN/The CW sitcom “Girlfriends,” a role she played from 2002 to the show's demise in 2008. For her fine acting work, the Brooklyn native was handed a 2008 Image nomination. The sultry and beguiling performer also had recurring roles in “The Tracy Morgan Show” (2004) and “Everybody Hates Chris” (2005-2006) and guest roles in “Third Watch,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Still Standing.” More recently, Sharp appeared in the films “Why Did I Get Married?” (2007) and “Shattered!” (2008).
Magna Cum Laude
Childhood and Family:
Keesha Ulricka Sharp was born on January 14, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York. She started dancing and singing at an early age. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Music Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. While still in Boston, she participated in and won the title of Miss Boston/Suffolk County.
Keesha excels in boxing and kickboxing. She is also a very gifted writer.
Keesha Sharp entered television in 2000 with a small part in an episode of CBS' short-lived comedy series, “Welcome to New York,” called “The Crier.” She went on to appear as guest performer in episodes of the NBC shows “Third Watch” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (both 2001). Her first break arrived when she landed a bit role as party girl in the Louis C.K.-directed/written comedy “Pootie Tang” (2001), which starred Lance Crouther in the title role. She had a bigger role in “American Adobo” (2001), an ensemble comedy helmed by Laurice Guillen.
Sharp continued to make small appearances in “Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood” (2002), starring Warwick Davis, and “Malibu's Most Wanted” (2003), which was directed by John Whitesell and starred Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs, Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall, Blair Underwood, Damien Wayans, Ryan O'Neal and Bo Derek. The two films, however, were considered flops.
Sharp bounced back when she joined the cast of the Emmy-nominated series “Girlfriends,” which ran on UPN from 2000 to 2006 and then The CW Network from 2006 to its finale in 2008. She played the prominent role of Monica, William Dent's (played by Reginald C. Hayes) girlfriend, and later wife, for six years since 2002, and picked up a 2008 Image nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
While still working in the series, Sharp was cast in Ernest R. Dickerson's big screen adaptation of Donald Goines' novel, “Never Die Alone,” starring DMX as a drug kingpin named David, and had a recurring role as Linda Berry in two episodes of NBC's “The Tracy Morgan Show” as well as a one-episodic role as Lexi in CBS' “Still Standing” (all 2004). She next appeared as rape victim in the short film “What If in This Life” (2005) and played Sheila Ridenhour in eight episodes of the comedy series “Everybody Hates Chris” (2005-2006). She continued to act in the films “Why Did I Get Married?” (2007), which was directed and penned by and starring Tyler Perry, and “Shattered!” (2008), for director/writer Joseph Rassulo.
Sharp has also acted in Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre productions. She appeared in the original casts of August Wilson's “Seven Guitars” and “Jitney” as well as the national tour of “Carousel,” for director Nicholas Hytner.