Actress Sharon Lawrence has appeared in countless television shows, films, theater productions, and online series. She has received multiple Emmy nominations and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for her portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in NYPD Blue. She has also appeared in Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Monk, Law and Order: SVU, Rizzoli & Isles, Community, The Mentalist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and more.
Her work in film is equally notable, including appearances in The Perfect Family, Lies and Alibies, Little Black Book, Gossip, and The Only Thrill with Diane Keaton and Diane Lane. She worked with Gotham Award-winning director Ava DuVernay in the indie hit Middle of Nowhere; shot three social issue films in 2013 including Grace, Thinspo, and UNA Vida; and will appear in the upcoming Solace with Sir Anthony Hopkins. Lawrence also headlined her own comedy series, Fired Up, produced for NBC by Kelsey Grammar.
An accomplished stage actress, Lawrence stared in Noel Coward’s acclaimed cabaret Love, Noel and in Cowards’ final pay, A Song at Twilight. She created the role of Maureen in the premier of Theresa Rebeck’s Poor Behavior, and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance as Vivian Leigh in the off-Broadway hit Orson’s Shadow. Her latest Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in Chicago.
Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has been honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and now serves on the board of directors for the university’s General Alumni Association.