Melinda Clarke

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Melinda Clarke
MelindaClarkeTIFFSept2011.jpg
BornMelinda Patrice Clarke
(1969-04-24) April 24, 1969 (age 44)
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Other namesMindy Clarke
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Ernie Mirich (1997-?: divorced)
Children1
 
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Melinda Clarke
MelindaClarkeTIFFSept2011.jpg
BornMelinda Patrice Clarke
(1969-04-24) April 24, 1969 (age 44)
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Other namesMindy Clarke
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Ernie Mirich (1997-?: divorced)
Children1

Melinda Patrice Clarke (born April 24, 1969)[1] is an American actress who has primarily worked in television. Clarke is known for playing Faith Taylor on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, the manipulative and cunning Julie Cooper on The O.C., and the professional dominatrix Lady Heather on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. From 2010 to 2013, she portrayed Amanda on the action-thriller television series Nikita. She was added as a recurring character on Vegas in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in Dana Point, California, the daughter of Patricia Lewis, a ballet dancer, and John Clarke, an actor who was an original cast member of the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.[2] One of three siblings, Clarke's sister, Heidi, died in 1994 of a malignant heart tumor. She has a brother, Joshua.[3]

Career[edit]

Clarke appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives as Faith Taylor (where her father was a senior cast member), and starred on Soldier of Fortune, Inc. for both of its seasons. She also guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess as the Amazon chieftain Velasca, Firefly as the brothel madam Nandi, Charmed as the Siren, and has had six appearances on CSI where she played the dominatrix, Lady Heather. She also appeared in the Seinfeld episode "The Muffin Tops", playing Jerry's girlfriend who likes anything hairless. She also appeared in the 1993 horror film Return of the Living Dead 3[4]

She appeared on the Fox drama The O.C. as Julie Cooper, a cunning socialite who marries for money. Her character in the show is mainly portrayed as a manipulative, morally wrong woman, but as the show progresses the reasons behind her choices are explained. She was originally billed as a guest star in the first few episodes, and due to fan response was offered a series regular contract; Clarke accepted the role and her character became an integral part of the show's storylines. As well as starring on The O.C., she has appeared on HBO's hit series Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, married to Malcolm McDowell's Terrance McQuewick. Clarke also appeared as the Devil's girlfriend in The CW's 2007 series Reaper. She also auditioned for the role of "Number Six" on SCI-FI's smash hit Battlestar Galactica but the role ultimately went to Tricia Helfer.[5]

In 2010, she appeared on The CW show The Vampire Diaries as Kelly Donovan.[6] Other projects included the television film She Drives Me Crazy, which was produced by her former The O.C. co-star Kelly Rowan. She appeared as a guest star on Chuck, another series from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. She starred on The CW drama Nikita, where she played Amanda from 2010 to 2013.

She lent her voice to several voice acting projects, voicing Alexa in The Animatrix: Matriculated, Sofia Ivanescu in the video game Mission Impossible: Operation Surma, Madame Macmu-Ling in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Charlene in King of the Hill.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Hot Under the CollarMonica
1992Out for BloodLaura
1993Young Goodman BrownFaith Brown
1993Return of the Living Dead 3Julie Walker
1995Return to Two Moon JunctionSavannah Delongpre
1996Mulholland FallsCigarette girl
1996La lengua asesinaCandy
1997Critics and Other FreaksMrs. M
1997Soldier of FortuneMargo VincentTelevision film
1997SpawnJessica Priest
2002Cold SweatStarring
2002.com for MurderAgent Williams
2003Animatrix, TheThe AnimatrixAlexa (voice)Segment: "Matriculated"
2004DynamiteBeta
2007She Drives Me CrazyBlithe MeachamTelevision film
2013Evelyn English How DivineChelsea KirkTelevision film; post-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1989–1990Days of Our LivesFaith Taylor17 episodes
1991Jake and the FatmanAngel AlexanderEpisode: "Every Time We Say Goodbye"
1994George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin ShowChristyEpisode: "George Helps Sydney"
1994Heaven Help UsLexy MonroeMain cast
1996Strange LuckLola ValeEpisode: "Lightning Strikes"
1997Xena: Warrior PrincessVelasca2 episodes
1997Nash BridgesKaren DeckerEpisode: "Out of Chicago"
1997SeinfeldAlexEpisode: "The Muffin Tops"
1997SlidersAllasandraEpisode: "This Slide of Paradise"
1997–1999Soldier of Fortune, Inc.Margo VincentMain cast; 11 episodes
2000Pretender, TheThe PretenderMiss EveEpisode: "Meltdown"
2000Nash BridgesInsp. Abby GordonEpisode: "End Game"
2001Star Trek: EnterpriseSarinEpisode: "Broken Bow: Part 2"
2001–2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLady Heather6 episodes
2002First MondayN/AEpisode: "Pilot"
2002–2003District, TheThe DistrictDetective Olivia Cahill5 episodes
2002CharmedSirenEpisode: "Siren Song"
2002EverwoodSally KeyesEpisode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
2003TremorsDr. Megan FlintEpisode: "Night of the Shriekers"
2003FireflyNandiEpisode: "Heart of Gold"
2003–2007O.C., TheThe O.C.Julie CooperMain cast; 86 episodes
2005–2011EntourageMelinda Clarke6 episodes
2006Avatar: The Last AirbenderMadame Macmu-Ling (voice)Episode: "The Tales of Ba Sing Se"
2007Man, TheThe ManBrooke McCluskeyUnsold CBS pilot
2007ReaperMimiEpisode: "Ashes to Ashes"
2008King of the HillCharlene (voice)Episode: "Untitled Blake McCormick Project"
2008ChuckSasha BanacheckEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Seduction"
2008–2009Eli StoneDr. Lee3 episodes
2010Ghost WhispererDonnaEpisode: "Old Sins Cast Long Shadows"
2010Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire DiariesKelly Donovan4 episodes
2010–2013NikitaAmandaMain cast; 55 episodes
2013VegasLena Cavallo4 episodes
Video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2003Mission: Impossible – Operation SurmaSofia IvanescuVoice
2012Nikita: CodebreakerAmanda

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ Profile at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ Melinda Clarke Biography at Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107953/
  5. ^ Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 8, 2010). "'Vampire Diaries' exclusive: Melinda Clarke is the mom from hell!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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