250px-Catherine Bell as Army Wives character Denise Sherwood

Denise Sherwood

Denise Sherwood (née Branch) is a fictional character on the Lifetime television series Army Wives , portrayed by Catherine Bell.

Fictional biographyEdit

Denise is married to LTC. Frank Sherwood, to whom she has been married for twenty years. They have a son, Jeremy Sherwood and a daughter, Molly. Jeremy in the first season was physically abusing his own mother and out of guilt joined the U.S.Army

Denise Sherwood


Denise Branch (birth name)



Occupation Current:

Emergency medical



Registered nurse at Mercer Army Hospital




Suzanne (older sister)

Beth (younger sister)


Frank Sherwood (married)

Significant other(s)

Mac (affair)

Dr. Chris Ferlhingetti (kissed)


Jeremy T. Sherwood (son, with Frank; deceased)

Molly Victoria Sherwood (daughter, with Frank)

Denise finished earning her nursing degree, and starts work as an RN at the post hospital. This causes a division between Denise and Frank, as he feels her start to change and become more independent. Frank also had reasons to be suspicious, because when Dr. Chris Ferlinghetti (Getti) was still alive, Denise and Getti got extremely close, and after Getti's motorcycle wreck while he was in the hospital, Frank saw Denise kissing his hand.

Frank and Denise have since abandoned the divorce and worked out their differences, remaining married.

In the Season 3 finale, after Jeremy witnessed the death of his friend in combat, the show ended with Denise and Frank returning home from Michael's promotion ceremony to hear a gunshot from inside the house. The fate of Jeremy is left unknown until the next season.

After Roxy has a misscarriage in Season 4, Denise finds out she's pregnant (this was due to the actress Catherine Bell becoming pregnant in real life). She tells Frank by giving him a box with a mobile in it when he's in bed. In "Army Strong", Denise finds out that they are expecting a girl. She and Frank plan to name their daughter Molly. In the season finale, Denise gives birth to Molly Victoria Sherwood.

In Season 5, her son Jeremy is killed in combat in Afghanistan. Denise is devastated and initially unable to move on but she finds strength in a letter that Jeremy wrote to her and Frank before he died. Denise introduces Frank to Molly and Tanya after he arrives back at Fort Marshall with Jeremy's body.


Denise is an RN (registered nurse) . She was a nurse when she and Frank met, but when they got married she put her career on hold to start and care for her family. She went back to get certified in the second season. Denise was fired from Mercer in the third season for having sexual affairs with a patient. After saving Claudia Joy Holden's life following a car accident,she was inspired to try getting certified as an emergency responder, which she now is.

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