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Sherri Michelle Saum (born October 1, 1974 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American actress.

She portrays Lena Adams Foster on the Freeform series, The Fosters

Life and Career

Saum was born to a German mother and an African-American father. On May 19, 2007, she married longtime boyfriend and former One Life to Live castmate Kamar de los Reyes in New York City. She has an older stepson.

Saum got her start at a Model Search America convention near her home in Kettering, Ohio. She was discovered during high school, modeling mostly during summer breaks until she decided to move to New York and work full time with the New York modeling agency Images Management.

Her first major role was in the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach as Vanessa Hart during the entire run of the series (1997–1999). She appeared in a variety of shows including Showtime's Beggars and Choosers (1999–2000), Girlfriends for an episode in (2000), Charmed in (2001). Saum plays the role of Natalie on the FX series Rescue Me.

Saum appeared in the Hallmark Television film Relative Stranger with Cicely Tyson and Eriq La Salle. She also appears in the independent film Ten Stories Tall with Ally Sheedy and Josh Hamilton. In 2009, she played Bess in Season 2 of the HBO drama series In Treatment. The next few years would see HET in roles in CW's Gossip Girl, CBS's Unforgettable, ABC's Body of Proof and Revenge.

In 2013, she plays the lead role in Jennifer Lopez produced drama series The Fosters for ABC Family.

It was announced on December 3, 2013 that she is expecting twins with her current husband.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Anne B. Real Janet Gimenez
2003 Finding Home Candace
2005 Love and Suicide Georgina
2010 Ten Stories Tall Susan


Year Title Role Notes
1997-1999 Sunset Beach Vanessa Hart Main role (281 episodes)

Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1999)

1999-2001 Beggars and Choosers Casey Lennox Main role (29 episodes)
2000 Girlfriends Angela Anderson Episode: "The Importance of Being Frank"
2001 Charmed Ariel Episode: "Pre-Witched"
2001-2003 One Life to Live Keri Reynolds TV series

Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for America's Favorite Couple (2002)

2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Tiffany Jackson Episode: "Pattern of Conduct"
2006 Love Monkey Daria Episode: "Nice Package"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lydia Wyatt Episode: "The Healer"
2006-2007 Rescue Me Natalie Recurring role (15 episodes)
2007 Army Wives Vanessa Kelsing Episode: "Only the Lonely"
2009 Relative Stranger Nicole Tate TV film
2009 In Treatment Bess Recurring role (6 episodes)
2009 CSI: Miami Karen Ballard Episode: "Point of Impact"
2009-2010 Gossip Girl Holland Kemble Episodes: "The Debarted", "The Hurt Locket", "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World", "Ex-Husbands and Wives"
2010 Heroes Kate Bennet Episode: "The Wall"
2010 Memphis Beat Melinda Connor Episode: "One Night of Sin"
2010 Lie to Me Candice McCallister Episode: "The Royal We"
2011 Grace Shay Grace Davis Pilot
2011 The Whole Truth Dr. Christy Turner Episode: "Lost in Translation"
2011 Body of Proof Nina Wheeler Episode: "Letting Go"
2011 Unforgettable Rosario Sanchez Episode: "Road Block"
2012 CSI: NY Elaine Moore Episode: "Unwrapped"
2013 Revenge Donna Carlisle Episode: "Collusion"
2013-2017 The Fosters Lena Adams Foster TV series
2015 How to Get Away With Murder Tanya Episode: "It's Called the Octopus"
2019-present Good Trouble Lena Adams Foster Guest role: 2 episodes


  • Saum currently splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles with her husband and enjoys traveling and volunteering with Kusewera, an organization that teaches children in Malawi through active and creative play. 
  • Studied Spanish in Madrid, Spain for 6 months.
  • Has a restored 1972 Dodge Charger in her car collection.
  • Her father is African American and her mother Lois is Caucasian (German).
  • Met her ex-boyfriend, Timothy Adams, when they both worked on the same TV show, Sunset Beach (1997).
  • Travels around the world visiting U.S. Troops with the USO.
  • Attended Oakview Elementary School in Kettering, Ohio.
  • Attended Kettering Fairmont High School
  • She loves New York and divides/divided her time between there and Los Angeles.
  • When she and her Sunset Beach (1997) co-star Timothy Adams were sitting together in Aaron Spelling's office, she found out that she and Tim only lived ten blocks apart in New York, they had the same friends and had worked as models for the same clients but, oddly enough, had never bumped into each other.
  • She was involved in a drama club and was also a cheerleader whilst attending high school.
  • She wrote a song for the Charmed (1998) episode in which she appeared ("Prewitched"). As a result, she is now a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers). The song was entitled "Charmed Chant".
  • Other family members: brother Michael,(he works for the city of Dayton Ohio) Ohio), sister Dr. Lisa Saum, who is a political scientist.
  • She transferred from Ohio State University after one semester, to New York University where she got a major in psychology. While she studied in New York she did modeling work and worked as a waitress. She was later going to to attend John Jay College to pursue a degree in criminal justice but she quit school because she got a job offer that brought her over to the west coast.
  • Sherri's brother-in-law, Daniel de los Reyes, is a member of Zac Brown Band.
  • Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Victoria Principal and Catherine Crier, for the "Principal Secret Reclaim" skin care system.
  • (December 3, 2013) Expecting twins with her husband Kamar de los Reyes.
  • She gave birth to twin sons, John Rubén & Michael Luís, on May 13, 2014.
  • She joined Twitter in July 2012


Click here to see Sherri's gallery.

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