Bellamy Young

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Bellamy Young
Bellamy Young 2014.jpg
Young in 2014
BornAmy Young
(1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 44)
Asheville, North Carolina
Years active1994–present
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Bellamy Young
Bellamy Young 2014.jpg
Young in 2014
BornAmy Young
(1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 44)
Asheville, North Carolina
Years active1994–present
Official Website

Bellamy Young (born Amy Young; February 19, 1970)[1] is an American television, film, and theatre actress, best known for her role as First Lady of the United States Mellie Grant in the ABC drama series Scandal (2012–present).

Early life[edit]

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


Early in her career, Young starred in several Broadway shows including The Life[6][7] and Randy Newman's Faust.[8] In 1995 she made her television debut in the recurring role of the NBC daytime soap opera Another World as Dr. Courtney Evans.[5] She later guest-starred in Law & Order, The Drew Carey Show and Nash Bridges, and appeared in the feature film Black and White in 1999.

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 American Dreams, Scrubs, CSI: Miami and on Dirty Sexy Money 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 2012.[9][10] Young also guest-starred in numerous television shows including The X-Files, ER, Frasier, The West Wing, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Two and a Half Men, Ghost Whisperer, Supernatural, The Mentalist and Castle. Her film credits include We Were Soldiers (2002), Larceny (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Trust Me (2007), This Is Not a Test (2008) and In My Sleep (2010).

In 2011 Shonda Rhimes cast Young in the recurring role of First Lady Mellie Grant on the ABC political thriller television series Scandal opposite Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. She appeared in every episode of the first season and was upgraded to a series regular as of season two.[11][12] Young has received critical acclaim for her performance as First Lady.[13][14]


Young in 2013


1999Picture ThisMonique
1999Black and WhiteBellamy
2002SwattersMary Dolan
2002We Were SoldiersCatherine Metsker
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
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


1995Another WorldDr. Courtney EvansTV series
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 HuntTV series
2003PeacemakersTwyla GentryMain role, 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"
2004ScrubsDr. MillerRecurring role, 5 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 Darling9 episodes
2008Mask of the NinjaGinaTV film
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"
2009ScrubsDr. MillerEpisode: "My Finale: Part 2"
2009SupernaturalSarah / LuciferEpisode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2009Mayne StreetCasting DirectorEpisode: "Staubach"
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-presentCriminal MindsBeth ClemmonsRecurring role (7 episodes)
2012Franklin & BashMargaret PollackEpisode: "L'affaire Du Coeur"
2012–presentScandalMellie GrantSeries regular


  1. ^ "Bellamy Young". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bellamy Young: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  3. ^ "The Alumni Center » News Detail". Asheville High School. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Yale Class of 1991". 2000-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Bellamy Young Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (5 October 1997). "SUNDAY VIEW; Why Whisper About It? 'The Life' Is a Joy". The New York Times. p. 5. 
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (28 April 1997). "Lively Women, but Very Tired". The New York Times. p. 12. 
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (26 October 1996). "Two Takes on the Devil: The Charms of the Seedy Give Way to Sunday Best". The New York Times. p. 15. 
  9. ^ Sandra Gonzalez (October 17, 2011). "'Criminal Minds' scoop: Former 'Dirty Sexy Money' star to guest as [SPOILER]'s love interest". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  10. ^ Sadie Gennis (July 28, 2012). "Bellamy Young Returns to Criminal Minds". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  11. ^ Lesley Goldberg (June 12, 2012). "'Scandal' Ups Bellamy Young to Series Regular for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  12. ^ Natalie Abrams (June 12, 2012). "Scandal Scoop: Bellamy Young Promoted to Series Regular". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  13. ^ Rorke, Robert. "‘Scandal’ co-star Bellamy Young shines in shocker | New York Post". Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  14. ^ by Team TVLine. "Performers of the Week: Sons of Anarchy’s Maggie Siff and Scandal’s Bellamy Young". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 

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