Melissa De Sousa

known for The Best Man franchise, BET's Reed Between the Lines, and Black Lightning

  • She will reprise her NAACP Image Award nominated role as the infamous ‘Shelby’ in Peacock limited series THE BEST MAN: FINAL CHAPTERS premiering December 22nd
  • She recently recurred as ‘Chief Ana Lopez’ on CW's BLACK LIGHTNING, and as pill popping journalist ‘Mirta Herrera’ on Showtime's ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA opposite Kirsten Dunst. She led the cult hit series SINGLE LADIES for BET Networks as ‘Austin Aguilera’, described as the Latin Kim Kardashian. Other credits include series regular roles on REED BETWEEN THE LINES, SECOND TIME AROUND, ONE ON ONE, THE $TREET, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, and DAMON. Guest star credits include CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY, and SHAMELESS
  • She starred opposite Matthew Perry in the TNT original presentation of THE RON CLARK STORY, which garnered an Emmy nomination. Other film work includes LAUREL CANYON, MISS CONGENIALITY, and CONSTELLATION
  • Born and raised in New York City by Panamanian parents, she began her career as a principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company before transitioning into acting. She's trained as a ballerina
  • Currently resides in New York
  • She will reprise her NAACP Image Award nominated role as the infamous ‘Shelby’ in Peacock limited series THE BEST MAN: FINAL CHAPTERS premiering December 22nd
  • She recently recurred as ‘Chief Ana Lopez’ on CW's BLACK LIGHTNING, and as pill popping journalist ‘Mirta Herrera’ on Showtime's ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA opposite Kirsten Dunst. She led the cult hit series SINGLE LADIES for BET Networks as ‘Austin Aguilera’, described as the Latin Kim Kardashian. Other credits include series regular roles on REED BETWEEN THE LINES, SECOND TIME AROUND, ONE ON ONE, THE $TREET, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, and DAMON. Guest star credits include CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY, and SHAMELESS
  • She starred opposite Matthew Perry in the TNT original presentation of THE RON CLARK STORY, which garnered an Emmy nomination. Other film work includes LAUREL CANYON, MISS CONGENIALITY, and CONSTELLATION
  • Born and raised in New York City by Panamanian parents, she began her career as a principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company before transitioning into acting. She's trained as a ballerina
  • Currently resides in New York
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De Sousa is best known for her performance as the infamous ‘Shelby’ in the Universal Studio franchise The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday starring opposite Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. On the silver screen, De Sousa recently wrapped the first season of Our Kind Of People opposite Morris Chestnut for Fox and is teaming up again with Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau and Taye Diggs in the highly anticipated Peacock limited series The Best Man, The Final Chapters which starts filming early 2022. Other recent credits include recurring as ‘Chief Ana Lopez’ on CW's Black Lightning and as the pill popping journalist ‘Mirta Herrera’ on Showtime's On Becoming a God in Central Florida opposite Kirsten Dunst.

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