Award winning actress Lisa Vidal is most recognizable for the multi-dimensional roles she’s played on television and in film for the past forty years, portraying characters that have reflected the diversity of the Latino community while also building it up. She recently starred in ABC romantic comedy-drama “The Baker and the Beauty.” Based on the highly successful Israeli scripted show, Vidal portrayed Mari Garcia, the hilarious and heartwarming matriarch of the family. She will next be seen in a wonderful arc on the hilarious and Emmy nominated series “Ms. Pat” on BET as well as the second season of the Gloria Calderón Kellett series “With Love” for Amazon.
Of Puerto Rican descent, the New York City native began acting in Repertory Theater at age 14. She was cast the following year in the PBS series “Oye Willie,” jump-starting a long and varied acting career, which early on included appearances on the popular television series “The Cosby Show” and “Miami Vice.” She also starred in two “ABC After School Special” educational presentations - “Class Act: A Teacher’s Story” and “In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story.”
Vidal starred opposite Gabrielle Union on the critically acclaimed BET series “Being Mary Jane,” which wrapped in 2019 after its fifth season. For her performance as Kara Lynch, Vidal received an Imagen Foundation Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’ She has also recurred on the Fox Series “Rosewood” and appeared on the Emmy-nominated Showtime series “Shameless,” FX’s “American Horror Story” and NBC’s “Grimm.” Her other notable television credits include “Boston Legal,” CSI Miami,” The Division,” “ER,” “Third Watch,” “Southland,” “The Event,” “Chicago PD,” “New York Undercover,” “High Incident” and “The Brian Benben Show.”
On the silver screen, Vidal has also starred in various feature films such as J.J. Abrams’ acclaimed blockbuster “Star Trek” as well as the television movie “Odd Girl Out,” for which she received an Imagen Foundation Award for ‘Best Actress.’ Her additional film credits include “Night and the City,” “I Like It Like That,” “Dark Mirror” and “Victor.”
In addition to acting, Vidal has a passion for music and enjoys singing and dancing. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three kids. A breast cancer survivor, Vidal is a vocal proponent of early detection and has worked alongside the American Cancer Society to help raise awareness.