Shardene Ennis was a dancer at Orlando's strip club.


She comes across as more innocent than the other women working, in part because of the huge glasses that she has to wear to see. Shardene meets D'Angelo Barksdale at the club. After a couple of conversations, Shardene agrees to go on a date with D'Angelo. The two begin to date and eventually move in together. Their relationship ends soon after Detectives Freamon and Greggs pick up Shardene in attempt to gain a source inside Orlando's that can bring them information about Avon and his crew. They use Keesha's (another dancer at Orlando's) death to convince Shardene that she is working with dangerous people, and that D'Angelo is not the man he seems to be. Keesha died after overdosing on cocaine at a party held in honor of Stinkum . D'Angelo had told Shardeen that Keesha was taken to a hospital following the overdose; in reality, she had died, and her body was wrapped in a carpet, and put in a dumpster. She felt betrayed by D'Angelo, and asked him "do I look like trash to you? do I look like someone who should be wrapped up and dumped in the trash?"

Kima and Freamon wire Shardene with a microphone, and she attempted to get close to Barksdale's conversations with little success. Frightened, Shardene begged to be allowed to stop, but Freamon persuaded her to help them determine the floorplan of the club so they could install a hidden camera in Avon Barksdale's office, which ultimately led them to catch Avon incriminating himself on video.

Freamon and Shardene grew close during the investigation, and by season two, they were sharing an apartment. Though she is no longer a stripper, she is able to help put the detectives in touch with some dancers when they were investigating the deaths of girls involved in the sex trade.

She is mentionned again by Lester in the penultimate episode of Season 5 ("Shardene better be awake"), and in the finale she has a small cameo at McNulty's wake and in the series montage, when Freamon has retired and is making his miniature furniture.


Shardene is a recurring character in the first, second and fifth seasons. She is played by guest star Wendy Grantham and debuts in the series premiere "The Target".


Season 1 appearances
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 appearances
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 5 appearances
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "–30–"
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