Melissa De Sousa

Melissa De Sousa (born September 25, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Shelby in the 1999 romantic comedy-drama film The Best Man, its 2013 sequel The Best Man Holiday, and Gabriella Jimenez in BET's Reed Between the Lines (2011).

Melissa De Sousa
Born (1967-09-25) September 25, 1967 (age 53)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1992–present

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in New York City by Panamanian parents,[1] Melissa De Sousa attended the High School of Performing Arts as a ballet major, and began her career as a principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company before transitioning into acting.


De Sousa is best known for her performance as the Shelby in the Universal Studio franchise The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday starring opposite Terrence Howard, for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. Currently recurring as "Mirta Herrera" on Showtime's On Becoming a God in Central Florida, she also led the cult hit series Single Ladies for BET.

De Sousa also starred opposite Matthew Perry in the TNT original presentation of The Ron Clark Story, which garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made For Television Movie. Other film work includes Laurel Canyon, Miss Congeniality, and Constellation. Her television 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, Shameless, and countless others.

In 2021, De Sousa appeared in the final season of Black Lightning as Ana Lopez.

Personal lifeEdit

De Sousa currently resides in New York.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Ride Leta
1999 The Best Man Shelby
2000 Lockdown Krista
2000 Miss Congeniality Karen Krantz, Miss New York
2001 30 Years to Life Natalie
2001 I Shaved My Legs For This Melissa
2002 Laurel Canyon Claudia
2003 Biker Boyz Sheila (uncredited)
2005 Constellation Lucy Boxer-Seras
2008 A Good Man Is Hard To Find Monica
2009 The Killing of Wendy Angie
2010 The Bannen Way Catalina
2010 Ashes Camille
2012 She Is Not My Sister Stacey
2013 The Best Man Holiday Shelby
2014 C.R.U. Michelle Hughes
2015 Supermodel Det. Lacey


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Cricket Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Melissa Skyler Episode: "Words Up!"
1993 Getting By Randee Episode: "Do the Fright Thing"
1993 Silk Stalkings Ellie Rose Episode: "Tough Love"
1993–1994 Living Single Carmen / Lisa 2 episodes
1994 The Sinbad Show Actress Episode: "David Goes Skiing
1994 Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara 65 episodes
1995 Simon Brenda Episode: "Simon Hunts a Rat"
1996 Married... with Children Jaclyn 2 episodes
1996 Spark Nina Short
1996 ER Estella Episode: "Baby Shower"
1997 The Wayans Bros. Charmaine Episode: "I Do..."
1997 Moesha Jennifer Episode: "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number"
1998 Damon Stacy Phillips 7 episodes
1999 Grown Ups Donna 2 episodes
2000–2001 The $treet Donna Pasqua 12 episodes (7 aired in US)
2002–2003 One on One Natalie Odessa 12 episodes
2004–2005 Second Time Around Coco 13 episodes
2006 The Ron Clark Story Marissa Vega TV movie
2006 Saturday Night Life Darlene Maye Short
2006 Ghost Whisperer Christine Nelson Episode: "The Ghost Within"
2007 Bats: Human Harvest Lieutenant O'Neal TV movie
2008 Danny Fricke Erika Valdez TV movie
2009 CHICK: Within Me Lives a Superhero Wildfire 2 episodes
2010 Castle Liz Penn Episode: "A Deadly Game"
2011 Reed Between the Lines Gabriella Jimenez 20 episodes
2013 Shameless Tina Episode: "May I Trim Your Hedges?"
2015 Single Ladies Austin Aguilera 5 episodes
2017 Haters Graciela TV movie
2017 Criminal Minds Adele McCord Episode: "Bad Moon on the Rise"
2018 Elementary Luz Horowitz Episode: "The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz"
2018 Ladies of the Law Tina Main role
2019 On Becoming a God in Central Florida Mirta Herrera Recurring role, 5 episodes
2021 The Best Man: The Final Chapters Shelby Recurring role, 10 episodes
2021 Black Lightning Ana Lopez 4 episodes


  1. ^ "The Roster". Panamanian Council of New York. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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