Shari Headley - Updated Jun 2024

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Shari Headley

Shari Headley is a beautiful actress and former model, known for being the wife of The Preacher. Shari Headley rose to fame after being a part of the movie, “Coming to America” (1988) and its consequence “Coming 2 America” (2021) as Lisa McDowell.

Early Life

Shari Headley’s birthdate is 15th July 1964 and his birthplace is Queens, New York City, United States. As of now, she is 57 years old. She has a mixed ethnicity as she is of Trinidadian and Tobagonian American ancestry. Similarly, the actress is an American native who has been following the Christian religion. Her zodiac sign is Cancer and her present age is fifty-seven years. She was born to her parents; her father, Godfrey Headley, and mother, Sarah Headley.

As for his family, she is the youngest child among 4 of his parent’s children. Also, she has 3 siblings: 1 elder brother and 2 elder sisters. When she was just a child, the American actress used to hold a hairbrush like a mike to give imitated presentations at home.

She also often used to participate in school plays with much interest. Regarding her education, there is no certain information about her educational qualifications. But it is for sure that, she is a high school graduate.

Shari Headley

Caption: Shari Headley when she was young (Source: Tumbip)


The American actress loves acting and singing. Likewise, her favorite food is pizza and her favorite destination to travel to is London. As for her favorite colors, black and brown are some of them.

Career and Professional Life

The beautiful American woman first stepped into the entertainment industry being a model. As a model, she was present in renowned magazines like Glamour and Mademoiselle. In 1985, she made her 1st appearance as an actress in an episode of the NBC sitcom, “The Cosby Show”. She then went on to be present on Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, and Matlock. In 1988, she got the main role to act in the romantic and comedy movie, “Coming to America” with Eddie Murphy.  The film turned out to be a box-office achievement making a universal total of $288,752,301.

In the next year, she got a chance to act together with Louis Gossett, Jr. in the short ABC drama, “Gideon Oliver”. She also was present in the TV series, “Kojak” in the same year. Headley was a part of the ABC daytime soap opera, “All My Children” in 1991 as the police officer, Mimi Reed. At the twenty-fifth NAACP Image Awards, Shari got a nomination for the NAACP Image Award. It was for the category of the Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series which she lost to Victoria Rowell. From 1991 to 1994, she was regularly working on All My Children and got back to the series in the years 1995 and 2005.

After that, the actress made her appearance as a guest on New York Undercover, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Cosby. She got a supporting character to act in the 1996 comedy-drama movie, “The Preacher’s Wife” whose director is Penny Marshall. In 1997, she got the main role to play in the FOX short drama series, “413 Hope St.”. There she worked together with Richard Roundtree but it got canceled after just 10 episodes. For her work in the same series, Headley got a nomination for the NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

More about her career

Shari Headley got back to work on “Guiding Light” from 2001 to 2002 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 2004 to 2005. In 2004, she got the role of Jacqueline in the comedy movie, “Johnson Family Vacation”. She was present in the comedy and drama movie, “Towelhead” in 2007. Likewise, she made guest appearances on House, Veronica Mars, Castle, and Switched at Birth. Then, she became a part of “The Haves and the Have Nots” in 2014 as Jennifer Ellison. She worked for the 4 seasons of the same series continuously.

The actress got the repetitive characters to act in “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” in 2019. In 2021, she again acted as Queen Lisa Joffer in the “Coming 2 America”. Furthermore, Shari’s dazzling appearance and bubbly personality made her appear in some of the music videos. She got a chance to work alongside Jonathan Butler in the 1988’s music video, ‘Sarah, Sarah’. Then, she was present in Blackstreet’s music video, ‘Before I Let You Go’ in 1994. In 1999, she worked with Will Smith in the music video ‘The Wild Wild West’.

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Caption: Shari Headley at an event (Source: Pinterest)

Other works

Apart from her professional career and life, the actress has also been active in other activities. Shari is a philanthropist too who has been supporting the ‘Saving Our Daughters’ organization. Its goal is to prevent teenage girls from being abused. In 2013, President Barack Obama gave her the 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Shari Headley – Net Worth 2023

As for her income, the American actress has been earning a generous amount of money since 1977. Headley’s estimated net worth is around $7.65 million. She has been making all this money from making appearances on TV, movies, shows, and music videos as well.

We can say that Shari’s primary source of income is her profession as an actress and model too. The former model has been presently living an independent and peaceful life together with her son in New York. Furthermore, the American actress had made some money by endorsing several popular brands.

Relationship Status

Shari Headley is also popular for being the ex-spouse of the actor and entertainer, Christopher Martin. Martin is famous as “Play” from the hip-hop pair Kid N’ Play. They were in a marital relationship for two years, from May 1993 to their divorce date in June 1995.

The pair are the parents of their two kids, a son, Skyler Martin, and a daughter, Vennessa Martin-Jackson. After their divorce, Shari took care of their son by herself as a single parent. On the other hand, Martin didn’t support their kid financially. But in 2001, two Long Island judges ordered the actor to support the child.

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Caption: Shari Headley with her ex-husband (Source: Tips Clear)

Body Measurement

Coming to his physical statistics, Shari Headley has been maintaining his physics and health in a stable condition. She has an average height of 5 feet 7 inches or 170 cm. Similarly, the American actress has a suitable body weight of around 60 kg or 132 lbs.

Shari Headley’s waist size is 24 inches, his hips size is 35 inches, and his chest size is 33 inches. The actress has been wearing a bra size of 33 B and a dress size of 6 US. In addition, Shari has a slim body type and a dark complexion with brown eyes and black hair.

Shari Headley – Social Media

Talking about his presence on the social media platform, Shari Headley is very rarely active there. She tries to keep her personal information out of the public’s attention. This also means that the American actress has been keeping a low profile on social media.

On Instagram, the actress has already gained 70.7 thousand followers, and a few numbers of followers on her Twitter account. Shari Headley has not been recently using these accounts but is quite popular in the TV and film industry.