Shanola Hampton is an American actor, best known for her role as ‘Veronica Fisher’ in the Showtime dramedy ‘Shameless.’ Hampton started her career with the TV series ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’ in 2001. She has since worked in both films and the television. She has acted in several TV series, such as ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Miami Medical,’ ‘Reba,’ ‘Related, ‘and ‘Scrubs.’ Hampton served as the face model for one of the main characters, Rochelle, in the post-apocalyptic video game ‘Left 4 Dead 2.’ She is married to producer Daren Dukes since 2000 and lives in Los Angeles along with her husband and two children.
Childhood & Early Life
Shanola Hampton was born on May 27, 1977, in Charleston, South Carolina, US, to Gralin N. Hampton and Anne Hampton. As her father was a pastor, she used to sing in church choirs as a kid. Hampton is of Afro-American origin.
Hampton attended the ‘Summerville High School.’ She later graduated from ‘Winthrop University’ with a degree in theatre and earned a ‘Masters of Fine Arts’ in Acting from the ‘University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.’ He worked at the ‘Goose Island Brewery,’ Wrigleyville, during this period.
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Hampton began her acting career at the age of 24.
Shanola Hampton started as a theatre actor, playing in the musical ‘Gift’ at the ‘Tiffany Theatre’ in Hollywood, in 2000.
The following year, she appeared in the television series ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,’ playing the character of ‘Daisy.’ She also appeared in the sitcom ‘Reba,’ which aired on the WB. Shanola was seen in the episode ‘The Steaks are High.’ The same year, she also appeared in an episode of the teenage comedy-drama ‘Popular.’
Between 2002 and 2004, Hampton made guest appearances in the medical drama ‘Strong Medicine’ (2002), NBC’s ‘Scrubs’ (2004), and The WB’s ‘Pepper Dennis’ (2006). She starred infour episodes of ‘Related’ as ‘Flash’ (2005-2006) and in six episodes of ‘Miami Medical’ (2010) as nurse ‘Graceffa.’
In 2011, Shanola Hampton landed the most crucial acting project of her career. She became a member of the main cast of Showtime’s American comedy ‘Shameless,’ playing ‘Veronica Fisher.’ She has appeared in 114episodes of the show, across ten seasons.
In 2012, Hampton appeared in an episode of the popular crime drama ‘Criminal Minds.’ In the episode ‘The Company,’ she played the role of ‘Cindi Burns.’ The next year, she was seen in the television film ‘Christmas in the City.’
In 2014, Shanola Hampton participated in the reality TV show ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’ Hampton also acted in two episodes of the Crime Drama ‘Stalker’ (2015).
Her first film, ‘Love and Basketball,’ was a short, which released a year after her first TV show.
‘The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green’ (2005) was one of her major motion pictures, based on a syndicated comic strip by Eric Orner. Other notable movies she has worked in are ‘Notoriety’ (2002), ‘The Hanged Man’ (2007), ‘You Again’ (2010), ‘Things Never Said’ (2013), ‘Suburban Gothic’ (2014), and ‘Forever’ (2015).
While Hampton has been part of several popular TV series, including the comedy series ‘Shameless,’ in which she co-stars with Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, and William H. Macy.
Awards & Achievements
In 2013, she won the ‘Best Actress’ award for her performance in ‘Things Never Said’ at the ‘American Black Film Festival.’
Hampton was the face model for ‘Rochelle’ in the video game ‘Left 4 Dead 2.’ ‘Rochelle’ is modeled thoroughly to look like her, and the figure is one of the four main characters in the video game. The game is centered around a zombie apocalypse and ‘Rochelle’ is a production assistant at a local TV station.
Family & Personal Life
On March 11, 2000, Shanola Hampton got married to producer Daren Dukes. They have a daughter, Cai MyAnna Dukes, and a son, Daren O.C. Dukes.
Hampton wishes to open a performing arts school.
She is also trained in hand-to-hand combat and fencing.
Shanola is fond of the Italian cuisine.