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MONIQUE COLEMAN (Taylor McKessie) is best known for her starring role in the record-breaking and award-winning Disney Channel movies "High School Musical” and "High School Musical 2.”

She made it to the top four on ABC's hit reality series "Dancing With The Stars,” and participated in the show's live tour. She also performed in the sold-out 42-city national concert tour of "High School Musical: The Concert.”

Coleman had a leading role opposite James Earl Jones in the Hallmark movie "The Reading Room,” for which she received a 2006 Camie Award (Character and Morality in Entertainment). She had a recurring role on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” and also guest starred on "Boston Public,” "Veronica Mars,” "Gilmore Girls,” "Strong Medicine” and "Malcolm in the Middle.” In addition, she co-starred in the cable movie "The Ditchdigger's Daughters” with Carl Lumbly and Dule Hill, for which she was nominated for a Young Artists Award. In Sept. 2007, Coleman served as co-host of ABC's "The View.”

On stage in Chicago, Coleman starred in productions of "Noises Off,” "Polaroid Stories,” "The Real Thing” and "The Colored Museum.”

She has been selected as one of Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 and Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood stars.

At a young age, Coleman enrolled in dance and piano classes and performed in more than 15 plays. After graduating from high school, she earned a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.


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