Lisa Vidal
Lisa Vidal
as Mari Garcia

Actor Biography

Award-winning actress Lisa Vidal is no newcomer to the challenging multilayered roles she's been so successfully portraying. Most recognized for the regular roles she's played on popular hit prime-time series such as "Boston Legal," "CSI Miami," "The Division," "ER," "Third Watch" and "Southland"; and starred opposite Gabrielle Union on BET's most successful series "Being Mary Jane," and recurred on FOX's hit show "Rosewood." Upon completion of "Being Mary Jane," Vidal was cast in the lead of Gloria Calderon's CBS pilot "History of Them." Up next, Vidal will be a series regular in the ABC drama "The Baker and the Beauty."

A strikingly beautiful, seasoned actress of Puerto Rican descent, New York City native Vidal began acting in Repertory Theater at age 14 and was cast the following year in the PBS series "Oye Willie"—jump-starting a long and varied acting career, most often playing grounded professionals balancing work and family.

Vidal then went on to play the charming housekeeper for a good-natured elderly heiress (Loretta Young) in the NBC holiday TV-movie tearjerker "Christmas Eve," and continued with the wildly popular series "The Cosby Show" and "Miami Vice" (both NBC). Determined to take roles that reflected the diversity of the Latino community while at the same time building it up, Vidal acted in the two ABC After School Special educational presentations, "Class Act: A Teacher's Story" and "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story."

Vidal then recurred on FOX's "New York Undercover," playing the sister of Michael DeLorenzo's NYC police detective, which widened her audience growth. Next, she was cast as cocky Jessica Helgado in the Steven Spielberg police drama "High Incident" (ABC) and "The Brian Benben Show" (CBS). Though television would remain her primary medium, Vidal has also starred in various feature films from "Night and the City," "I Like It Like That," "Dark Mirror" and "Victor."

Vidal currently resides with her family in Los Angeles, California.