Sherri Saum
Saum in 2014
Sherri Michelle Saum

(1974-10-01) October 1, 1974 (age 49)
Alma materOhio State University
New York University
Years active1997–present
(m. 2007; died 2023)

Sherri Michelle Saum (born October 1, 1974)[1] is an American actress. Saum is best known for her co-lead role as Lena Adams Foster in the Freeform drama series The Fosters (2013–2018) as well as a subsequent guest star role in its spinoff Good Trouble (2019–present). She is also known for her television roles in Beggars and Choosers, Rescue Me, In Treatment and Locke & Key, as well as for her roles in the daytime soap operas Sunset Beach and One Life to Live.

Early life

Saum was born in Dayton, Ohio,[2] to a German mother and an African-American father.[3] She got her start at a Model Search America convention near her home in Kettering, Ohio.[4] She was discovered during high school, modeling mostly during summer breaks until she moved to New York to work full-time with the NY modeling agency Images Management. Saum attended Ohio State University in Columbus, and New York University in New York.[5]


Saum (left) with Teri Polo in 2013

Saum began her acting career in the NBC daytime soap opera, Sunset Beach as Vanessa Hart, during the entire run of the series, from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the show.[6] Later in 1999, Saum was cast as a series regular in the Showtime comedy-drama series Beggars and Choosers (1999–2000), and guest-starred on Girlfriends, and Charmed. From August 31, 2001, to September 16, 2003, Saum had her second daytime television role in the ABC soap, One Life to Live, as Keri Reynolds.[7][8]

From 2006 to 2007, Saum played the role of Natalie in the FX drama series Rescue Me. She appeared in the Hallmark Television film Relative Stranger with Cicely Tyson and Eriq La Salle. She also appeared in the independent film Ten Stories Tall with Ally Sheedy and Josh Hamilton. In 2009 she played the series regular role of Bess in season 2 of the HBO drama series In Treatment.[9] The next few years she had guest-starring roles in CW's Gossip Girl, CBS's Unforgettable, ABC's Body of Proof and Revenge.[10] In 2011, Saum was cast as the lead character of the ABC drama pilot Grace (written by Krista Vernoff), opposite Abigail Spencer and Eric Roberts, but the show was not picked up.[11]

In 2012, Saum was cast along with Teri Polo in the lead roles of the Jennifer Lopez-produced drama series The Fosters for ABC Family.[12][13] The series premiered on June 3, 2013.[14][15] The series ended in 2018 after five seasons. She reprised her role in its spinoff, Good Trouble in 2019.[16] While on hiatus from The Fosters, she took various guest starring roles in network dramas. In 2014, she guest starred in the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where her real-life pregnancy was incorporated into the plot. In 2015 she guested in the ABC series, How to Get Away with Murder[17][18] and “The Mysteries of Laura”. In 2016 she guested on “Code Black” on CBS and in 2018 on the TNT adventure series “The Librarians”. After The Fosters ended, Sherri played the adult Regina Louise in the biographical feature “I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story” and joined the ABC Marvel sci-fi series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for three episodes.

In 2019, Saum co-starred opposite Jessica Biel in the Facebook Watch drama series Limetown. Earlier that year, she was cast as Heather Hemmens' character's mother Mimi DeLuca in the CW series, Roswell, New Mexico.[19] In early 2019, Saum was cast in a series recurring role in the Netflix fantasy drama series, Locke & Key playing the role of Ellie Whedon, a teacher at Matheson Academy who has a mysterious history with the Locke family.[20] Filming in Toronto and Lunenburg, Canada, through the spring and summer of 2019, she split her time, flying home to her family in Los Angeles frequently. Later in 2019, she returned to Toronto for two episodes of the Starz thriller “Condor” as Senator Thrush. Seasons 2 & 3 of Locke & Key filmed consecutively and because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Sherri spent several months in 2021 in Canada filming her season 2 (recurring) and season 3 (series regular) episodes.[21] That year she also returned to Good Trouble and guested as Paula Matarazzo in the Starz franchise Power Book II: Ghost. [22] In March 2022 Sherri returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in a different role than she had played almost exactly 8 years earlier. The same week she appeared again as state politician and vivid sexter Lena Adams Foster on Good Trouble.

Personal life

On May 19, 2007, Saum married longtime boyfriend and former One Life to Live castmate Kamar de los Reyes in New York City.[23] On December 3, 2013, Saum's rep announced that the couple was expecting twins; the children were born in 2014.[24][25] In addition, Saum is the stepmom of de los Reyes’ son.[citation needed]

On December 24, 2023, Saum's husband, Kamar de los Reyes, died from cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 56.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Anne B. Real Janet Gimenez
2003 Finding Home Candace
2005 Love and Suicide Georgina
2010 Ten Stories Tall Susan
2018 #SquadGoals Jane Pope


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1999 Sunset Beach Vanessa Hart Series regular
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1999)
1999–2001 Beggars and Choosers Casey Lennox Series regular
2000 Girlfriends Angela Anderson Episode: "The Importance of Being Frank"
2001 Charmed Ariel Episode: "Pre-Witched"
2001–2003 One Life to Live Keri Reynolds Series regular
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 Drift Luna Unsold TV pilot
2006–2007 Rescue Me Natalie Recurring role
2007 Army Wives Vanessa Kelsing Episode: "Only the Lonely"
2009 In Treatment Bess Main role (season 2)
2009 CSI: Miami Karen Ballard Episode: "Point of Impact"
2009 Relative Stranger Nicole Tate Television film
2009–2010 Gossip Girl Holland Kemble 4 episodes
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 Unsold TV 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"
2013–2018 The Fosters Lena Adams Foster Main role
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sondra Vaughn Episode: "Gambler's Fallacy"
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Tanya Randolph Episode: "It's Called the Octopus"
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Cecilia Burke Episode: "The Mystery of the Dead Heat"
2016 Code Black Shawna Jacobson Episode: "Corporeal Form"
2018 The Librarians Karla Episode: "And the Hidden Sanctuary"
2019–2024 Good Trouble Lena Adams Foster Recurring role, 6 episodes
2019–2022 Roswell, New Mexico Mimi DeLuca Recurring role
2019 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Altarah 3 episodes
2019 Limetown Gina Purri Recurring role, 8 episodes
2019 I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story Adult Regina Louise Television film
2020–2022 Locke & Key Ellie Whedon Recurring role (seasons 1–2); main role (season 3)
2020–2021 Grey's Anatomy Allison Robin Brown 2 episodes
2020 Condor Senator Thrush 2 episodes
2020-2022 Power Book II: Ghost Paula Matarazzo Recurring role
2022 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cressida "Cress" Gordon Episode: "Sorry If It Got Weird For You"
2022 CSI: Vegas Jodi Wallach 3 episodes
2022 Perfect Harmony Barrett Woodward Television film
2023 Mrs. Davis Danni 2 episodes


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