Bellamy Young

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Bellamy Young
Bellamy Young May 2014.jpg
Young at White House Correspondents' Dinner in May 2014.
BornAmy Maria Young
(1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 44)
Asheville, North Carolina
Years active1994–present
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Bellamy Young
Bellamy Young May 2014.jpg
Young at White House Correspondents' Dinner in May 2014.
BornAmy Maria Young
(1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 44)
Asheville, North Carolina
Years active1994–present
Official Website

Bellamy Young (born Amy Maria Young; February 19, 1970)[1] is an American television, film, theatre actress and producer, best known for her role as First Lady of the United States Melody "Mellie" Grant in the ABC drama series Scandal (2012–present). In 2014, for her portrayal of Mellie, Young won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Early life[edit]

Young was born as Amy Maria Young[2] in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised by adoptive parents.[3] She had to change her name to join the Screen Actors Guild since there was another Amy Young registered.[4] Young graduated from Asheville School in 1987,[5] Yale University in 1991,[6] and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University in England.[7]



Young began her acting career in theatre. In 1990s, she performed in the number of Broadway shows including the original production of The Life.[8][9] On Off-Broadway, Young appeared of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along (1994), and Randy Newman's Faust (1995-1996).[4][10]

Young in 2013

In 1995, Young made her television debut in the recurring role of the NBC daytime soap opera Another World as Dr. Courtney Evans.[7] She guest-starred on Law & Order in 1997 and 1998, in two different roles. In 1999 she made her film debut with small role in the crime drama Black and White and later co-starred in the several independent films. In 2000's she began appearing in guest-starring roles on the number of television dramas and comedies, including The Drew Carey Show, The X Files, ER, Frasier, The West Wing, NCIS, Medium, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Two and a Half Men, Supernatural, Drop Dead Diva, and Castle. From 2000 to 2011, Young has made over 30 guest appearances on television shows.

Young was a regular cast member in the USA Network series Peacemakers in 2003. The show was cancelled after one season of nine episodes. She had recurring roles in the Lifetime legal drama series For the People as Deputy Dist. Atty. Agnes Hunt in 2002, on NBC period drama American Dreams as Diane Shaw in 2003, on Scrubs in 2004, as Assistant State Attorney Monica West on CBS's CSI: Miami (2005–06), and on ABC primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money (2008-2009) as Ellen Darling, the eldest daughter-in-law of the Darling family. She also had a recurring role in Criminal Minds as Beth Clemmons from 2011 to 2013.[11][12]

Young has appeared in supporting roles in the number of films, include We Were Soldiers (2002) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), along with independent movies like Larceny (2004), Eve of Understanding (2006), Trust Me (2007), This Is Not a Test (2008), In My Sleep (2010), The Freebie (2010), and Joint Body (2011).


Young at the Divergent premiere in 2014

In 2011 Shonda Rhimes cast Young in the recurring role of First Lady Melody "Mellie" Grant on the ABC political thriller television series Scandal opposite Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. Before Scandal, Young appeared in Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. She appeared in every episode of the first season of Scandal and was upgraded to a series regular as of season two.[13][14] Young later said that originally her part was a minor role for the three episode recurring arc.[15]

Young has received critical acclaim for her performance as First Lady and won generally favorable reviews from critics during the second and third seasons.[16][17] The Daily Beast named her the "Breakout star" of the show in 2014.[18] Many critics praised Young's performance in her character's centered episode "Everything's Coming Up Mellie" of the third season.[19][20] Cicely K. Dyson's review for The Wall Street Journal states: "Bellamy Young has been an amazing scene stealer for two-and-a-half seasons, and this time she finally got her chance to shine."[21] Robert Rorke, writing for The New York Post, states that, "In Mellie, the show has its most fleshed-out character and in Young, its most compelling performer... The television academy has nominated Washington once for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Let’s see if they remember Bellamy Young next July, when the nominations come out."[22]

In 2014, Young was a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category,[23][24] though she did not receive a nomination.[25] She won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in season three.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Young lives in Los Angeles where she shoots Scandal. She has three cats and a dog. Sadie is from street shelter, Max is from a kitten rescue and Button was walking around her property for 6 months before Young caught him.[27] Her dog is named "The Bean" and is a mixed breed of pug-chihuahua and is a foster dog.[28] Young is currently single.[29] She is a vegan.[30]



1999Black and WhiteBellamyUncredited
1999Picture ThisMonique
2002SwattersMary Dolan
2002We Were SoldiersCatherine Metsker
2008Vision of a MurderTina MooreTelevision film
2005Darcy's Off-White WeddingDonatellaShort film
2006Eve of UnderstandingCassie
2006Mission: Impossible IIIRachael
2007Simple ThingsTerry HudsonAlso executive producer
2007Trust MeCarrie
2008One, Two, ManyJennifer
2008This Is Not a TestTeresa
2008Mask of the NinjaGinaTelevision film
2009Tender as HellfireCherylShort film
2010Freebie, TheThe FreebieJessica
2010In My SleepOlivia
2010Pound of FleshDaniella Melville
2011Joint BodyJane Chapman
2012Last Day on EarthPamala
2012The CottageAnnieAlso executive producer
2015Day Out of DaysRebecca


1995Another WorldDr. Courtney EvansRecurring role
1997Law & OrderEllen O'BrienEpisode: "Blood"
1998Law & OrderStephanie HarkerEpisode: "True North"
2000Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowBridgetEpisode: "The Gang Stops Drinking"
2000Nash BridgesDiana CarrEpisode: "The Messenger"
2000X-Files, TheThe X-FilesAttorney Janet WilsonEpisode: "Redrum"
2001District, TheThe DistrictBethany FortoroEpisode: "To Serve and Protect"
2001ERGraceEpisode: "If I Should Fall from Grace"
2002FrasierLisaEpisode: "Three Blind Dates"
2002For the PeopleDeputy Dist. Atty. Agnes HuntRecurring role
2003PeacemakersTwyla GentrySeries regular, 9 episodes
2003American DreamsDiane ShawEpisodes: "Another Saturday Night", "Life's Illusions", "Rescue Me"
2004West Wing, TheThe West WingMaryLou MeriwetherEpisode: "The Stormy Present"
2004NCISA.T.F. Special Agent Melinda StoneEpisode: "Split Decision"
2004, 2009ScrubsDr. MillerRecurring role, 6 episodes
2004Strong MedicineErin BermanEpisode: "Code"
2005North ShoreMrs. LasserEpisode: "Shark"
2005MediumKate EmeryEpisode: "Judge, Jury and Executioner"
2005-2006CSI: MiamiAssistant State Attorney Monica WestRecurring role, 6 episodes
2007Close to HomeSarah PaulsonEpisode: "Road Rage"
2007Grey's AnatomyKathyEpisodes: "The Other Side of This Life: Parts 1 & 2"
2007Boston LegalCynthia NicholsEpisode: "Beauty and the Beast"
2007Private PracticeKathyEpisode: "In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole"
2007Cold CaseAudrey Metz (1938)Episode: "World's End"
2007-2008Dirty Sexy MoneyEllen DarlingRecurring role, 9 episodes
2008Two and a Half MenDianeEpisode: "The Mooch at the Boo"
2008Knight RiderAmy ClarkEpisode: "Knight Rider"
2009Knight RiderAmy ClarkEpisode: "Fly by Knight"
2009Trust MeCarrie TaylorEpisode: "But Wait, There's More"
2009Ghost WhispererLucy StantonEpisode: "Cursed"
2009SupernaturalSarah / LuciferEpisode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2010Edgar FloatsJennifer WadeTV pilot
2010Drop Dead DivaEmily ParcellasEpisode: "The Long Road to Napa"
2010Mentalist, TheThe MentalistMelanie AyersEpisode: "Cackle-Bladder-Blood"
2010Law & Order: LAMonica JarrowEpisode: "Playa Vista"
2011Working ClassBrookeEpisode: "The Dance"
2011United States of TaraFlight AttendantEpisodes: "The Full F**k You Finger", "Wheels"
2011CastleCandace FordEpisode: "Pretty Dead"
2011Protector, TheThe ProtectorSkylar BrennEpisode: "Wings"
2011–2013Criminal MindsBeth ClemmonsRecurring role, 7 episodes
2012Franklin & BashMargaret PollackEpisode: "L'affaire Du Coeur"
2012–presentScandalFirst Lady Melody "Mellie" GrantSeries regular
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


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