Lisa Vidal

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Lisa Vidal
Lisa Vidal.jpg
Vidal in 2012

(1965-06-13) June 13, 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York,

United States
Other namesLisa Vidal Cohen
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Jay Cohen (1990-present)
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Lisa Vidal
Lisa Vidal.jpg
Vidal in 2012

(1965-06-13) June 13, 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York,

United States
Other namesLisa Vidal Cohen
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Jay Cohen (1990-present)

Lisa Vidal (born June 13, 1965) is an American film and television actress.

Early years[edit]

Vidal was born in Whitestone, New York, the daughter of Josie, a secretary, and Manny Vidal, a tax consultant and businessman.[1] Her parents moved from Puerto Rico and settled in Manhattan, New York, where Vidal and her two sisters Christina and Tanya were born. She also has a brother named Christian. After Vidal finished her elementary education, she auditioned and was accepted in the High School of Performing Arts. When she graduated, Vidal went to work with La Familia Theater Company, alongside Raul Julia and Julia Roberts. Vidal was 14 years old when she acted in the theater series Oye Willie and later on made her feature debut with a small role in Delivery Boys. Soon, she was working in T.V. with parts in shows such as The Cosby Show.[2][3][4]

Acting career[edit]

From 1994-1995, Vidal worked in New York Undercover as a reporter named Carmen. In the series she was sister to Det. Eddie Torres, played by Michael DeLorenzo. In 1995, she did some Off-Broadway and worked in The Commish. Among the other series she has worked in are: The Brian Benben Show in 1998 as "Julie"; Third Watch from 1999-2001 as "Dr. Sarah Morales" ; ER from 2001-2004 as "firefighter Sandy Lopez". Vidal had starring roles in the police series High Incident (1996) and The Division (2001), for which she received the 2002 nomination for the ALMA Award in the Best Actress Category. In 2006, she had a brief role in the short-lived action series Smith, as one of the federal agents looking for Ray Liotta's group of thieves, and in 2010 she starred in NBC's The Event.[2][3][4]

Vidal has also participated in the following movies: Odd Girl Out (2005), Naughty or Nice (2004); Chasing Papi (2003); I Like It Like That (1994); The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) and in Night and the City (1992), alongside Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange, directed by Irwin Winkler.[2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to real estate agent Jay Cohen since 1990 and has two sons, Scott (b. 1992) and Max (b. 1998) and daughter Olivia (b. 2003) and lives in Los Angeles, California with them. She used to own a children's clothing store called Oodles in Studio City, California.[2][3][4]


1985Delivery BoysTinaFilm Debut
1986Christmas EveMariaTV Movie
1988Nightmare BeachGirl at Pool
1992Night and the CityCarmen
1994I Like It Like ThatMagdalena Soto
1995Mighty AphroditeChorus Voice
1997Destination UnknownMarisol
The Third TwinLisaTV Movie
1998The Wonderful Ice Cream SuitRamona
The Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeBabs CardozaTV Movie
Naked City: Justice with a BulletLori Halloran
Naked City: A Killer Christmas
1999Hit and RunDetective Rico
Active StealthMariaDirect-to-video
2001The Blue DinerElena
2003Chasing PapiCarmen
2004Naughty or NiceDiana RamiroTV Movie
2005Odd Girl OutBarbara
2007Dark MirrorDeborah Martin
2009Signal LostTV Newswoman
Star TrekBarracks Officer
2010BabyDominiqueShort Movie
1980Oye WillieUnknown RoleUnknown episode(s)
1987The Cosby ShowMrs. Miron1 episode
1987-1991ABC Afterschool SpecialGloria Rodriguez2 episodes
1988Miami ViceAngel Montepina1 episode
1992Law & OrderLena Armendariz1 episode
1994-1995New York UndercoverCarmenRecurring character
1995The CommishConnie Muldoon2 episodes
1996-1997High IncidentOfficer Jessica Helgado
1998-2000The Brian Benben ShowJulieRecurring character
1999WastelandUnknown Role2 episodes
1999-2001Third WatchDr. Sara Morales
2001-2004The DivisionInspector Magdalena "Magda" Ramirez
ERSandy Lopez
2006Boston LegalIrma Levine2 episodes
Criminal MindsGina Sanchez1 episode
2006-2007SmithValezRecurring character
2007Numb3rsJennifer Malloy1 episode
2009Without a TraceDetective Bianca Gonzalez1 episode
CSI: MiamiPatricia Busick
2009-2010SouthlandMia SanchezRecurring character
2010-2011The EventChristina MartinezMain character
2011American Horror StoryStacy RamosAfterbirth episode
2012-2013GrimmLauren Castro2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

1996NCLR Bravo AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesNominatedHigh Incident
1998ALMA AwardOutstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-SeriesNominatedThe Third Twin
1999Outstanding Actress in Made-for Television Movie or Mini-SeriesNominatedThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
2002Outstanding Actress in a Television SeriesNominatedThe Division
2004Imagen Foundation AwardBest Actress in a Television DramaNominated
2006Best Actress in a Television MovieWonOdd Girl Out

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