With continued success on stage, screen, television, and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. A triple threat dreamgirl, Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical, “Dreamgirls” and earning Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. She returned to Broadway for a 12-month stint in the Tony-award winning musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” portraying the sassy chanteuse Muzzy Van Hossmere. Currently, Sheryl is a producer on the critically acclaimed, Broadway bound musical, “A Might Real” and on July 10th, Sheryl reunited with Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday for a sold out, one-night-only, “Dreamgirls” reunion celebrating the 35th anniversary. Recently Sheryl returned to Broadway and can be seen as Madame Morrible in “Wicked.”
No stranger to television, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s past TV credits include “It’s a Living,” “Designing Women,” “The District,” and “Moesha.” For the last three years, Sheryl was a lead on the hit Nickelodeon series “Instant Mom” opposite Tia Mowry and Michael Boatman. At the same time, Sheryl recurred as Claudette, for two seasons, opposite Jon Voight in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” In between all of that, she snuck in episodes of “Two Broke Girls,” “Smash,” and just wrapped an arc on “Criminal Minds” for CBS. In May, Sheryl shot the pilot “Crushed” opposite Regina Hall for Lionsgate television.
On the big screen, Sheryl has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading and award-winning men with film credits that include “The Mighty Quinn” with Denzel Washington; “Mistress” with Robert de Niro; “To Sleep with Anger” with Danny Glover and “The Distinguished Gentlemen” with Eddie Murphy. Ralph picked up a win for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in “To Sleep with Anger.”
Finding success in writing and directing, Sheryl’s award-winning short film, “Secrets,” co-starring award-winning actress Alfre Woodard and Robin Givens was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime’s Filmmaker Award Series, and the BET Filmmaker Award Competition. The film was selected as the audience favorite at the Outfest Film Festival. “Secrets” was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the Hollywood Film Festival, the Acapulco Film Festival and the Urban World Film Festival. Sheryl Lee Ralph is also the creator of the Jamerican Film and Music Festival. Most recently, Sheryl just finished two back to back films. She just did “Step Sisters” opposite Megalyn Echikunwoke and Naturi Naughton. It was directed by Charles Stone with Matt Alvarez, Lena Waithe, and Benjamin Cory Jones producing. She also wrapped “Villa Capri” opposite Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo for Broad Green Pictures.
Sheryl resides in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia with her husband, Senator Vincent Hughes.